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The deaths of three people east of Bozeman on Friday evening has been ruled a murder-suicide.

Gallatin County sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Joe and Jen Knarr and their 6-month-old son, Daniel, at their residence, 341 Golden Trout Way, in Gallatin County.

Evidence at the scene showed that Jen Knarr, who had reportedly been suffering from postpartum depression, shot her husband in the back of the head, next shot her baby and then turned the gun on herself.

Deputies responded to the home after an emergency dispatcher received a call from the residence at about 5 p.m. According to a news release from Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin, the dispatcher recognized the number as belonging to Joe Knarr, a warden sergeant for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Jen Knarr, also was a FWP warden.

The dispatcher made several attempts to reach the couple by phone, but got no response. The door to the residence was locked, so one of the deputies looked inside a window and saw the legs of a person lying on the floor.

The deputies kicked open the front door and went inside, finding two bodies lying inside the dining room, both dead from gunshot wounds. When the deputies searched the rest of the house they found the baby, and a volunteer firefighter attempted unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.

The investigation indicated that Jen Knarr walked behind her husband, who was sitting in the dining room, and shot him in the back of the head. She then walked to where the baby was and shot him in the chest.

After that, Jen Knarr called 911, hung up, sat down and shot herself. Deputies recovered a Sig Sauer model 229 .40 caliber handgun, the weapon issued to her by FWP as her duty weapon.

Three shell casings were found in the home. Gootkin spoke to family members who all indicated Jen Knarr had been battling postpartum depression.

The three bodies were taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies. The investigation is continuing.

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