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Medical examiner: Big Stone Gap officer shot cousin then committed suicide

ROANOKE, Va. (WJHL) - Investigators say the police officer involved in a murder-suicide last weekend killed his cousin before killing himself.

Police found the bodies of Big Stone Gap police officer Bailey Smith and his cousin, Emeri Connery, inside a truck along U.S. 23 in Lee County last weekend. Both had gunshot wounds.

The Virginia Medical Examiner office believes Smith shot Connery in the head before turning the gun on himself. 

No other details about the investigation have been released. 

 


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