Death of husband and wife in California an apparent murder-suicide, police say

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LA QUINTA, Calif. – On Monday, at about 9:00 a.m., officers assigned to the La Quinta Police Department were dispatched to a home in the 79000 block of Independence Way, in the city of La Quinta, to investigate a report of a female who had been shot.

Officers arrived and located a female on the property with a fatal gunshot wound. The female has been identified as, 44-year-old Ada Heintz. During the investigation, officers located a deceased male with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside of the residence. The male has been identified as Ada’s husband, 59-year-old Herman Heintz.

Police believe the incident is a murder-suicide and say there are no outstanding suspects, and no threat to public safety.

The investigation is ongoing—anyone with information is encouraged to call Investigator Paz of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777.

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