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GARDINER — Park County authorities say a Gardiner man fatally shot a woman he knew before shooting himself with the same handgun.

Undersheriff Scott Hamilton says 63-year-old Steve A. Cole shot 59-year-old Debi J. Roberts twice Thursday afternoon before killing himself with a shot to the head.

Hamilton described autopsy reports Monday in the murder-suicide.

The sheriff's office says Cole and Roberts were in a relationship several years ago. Roberts called emergency officials Thursday and said Cole was trying to break into her home and had already shot at her.

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Sheriff's deputies and Yellowstone National Park rangers found Cole dead at the home and Roberts in critical condition. She later died at the scene.

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