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Deputies investigating suspected murder-suicide in Sarasota County

Sarasota
Posted at 5:04 PM, Aug 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-28 19:02:54-04

VENICE, Fla. — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of two people who suffered multiple stab wounds at home in Venice on Friday afternoon.

Deputies were notified of a possible battery incident at a home in Venice shortly after 5 p.m. Once they arrived, they were approached by a suspect who was armed with a knife and bleeding badly from his torso.

The SCSO deputy told the suspect to drop the knife. The suspect threw the knife at the deputy and reportedly charged at him. The suspect was brought to the ground by the deputy who used non-lethal force with the bottom of his agency-issued firearm to defend himself according to SCSO.

When deputies entered the residence they found a female victim suffering multiple stab wounds.

Paramedics were called to the scene and attempted life-saving efforts, but both the victim and suspect were pronounced dead.

The suspect was identified as Eduardo Lopez Garcia. Garcia had been arrested for domestic battery just two days earlier but was released on bond.

Based on preliminary investigation and witness accounts, detectives believe the incident was a murder-suicide case. This was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.