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Deputies identify man, woman involved in apparent West Linn murder-suicide

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An armed man shot and killed a woman he knew before killing himself in West Linn Wednesday afternoon, deputies said.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has identified David Cote, 34, and Bethany Noelle Schuch, 35, as the man and woman involved in the apparent murder-suicide.

The two were found dead in the 400 block of Alderwood Drive.  

In a release Thursday morning, deputies said a caller reported seeing Cote arrive at the residence in a black SUV and after he got out of the vehicle, he had a large firearm with a scope. The caller heard gunfire and said Cote shot Schuch outside the home.

When deputies and the Clackamas County SWAT Team arrived at the scene, they saw Schuch’s body with multiple gunshot wounds and Cote with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The sheriff’s office said Cote and Schuch knew each other, but did not say in what capacity.

Another woman told FOX 12 that Cote had a disturbing past. The woman said a police officer showed up at her home for a welfare check after the suspected murder-suicide. 

The woman said she feared it meant Cote was coming after her. 

The woman, who FOX 12 is not naming, filed a stalking order against Cote in 2013, saying he tormented her on social media and threatened her and her family. 

Cote was arrested and convicted of stalking and menacing in that case. 

Cote was also known in the community for his work raising money for cystic fibrosis research. Cote had cystic fibrosis and was interviewed by FOX 12 in 2012 regarding a charity football game. 

Both deaths are still under investigation and deputies are asking anyone with information on Cote and any events leading up to this apparent murder-suicide to contact the sheriff's office tip line by phone at 503-723-4949 or with the online email form and reference CCSO Case #18-006507.

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