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California Federal Prosecutor Kills Wife in Apparent Murder-Suicide

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A federal prosecutor is believed to have killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself in a murder-suicide at their Northern California home, according to authorities.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the bodies of Timothy Delgado, 43, and his wife, Tamara Delgado, 45, were discovered on Sunday at a residence in Granite Bay, approximately 30 miles northeast of Sacramento.

Deputies were dispatched to the home after the mother of Tamara Delgado requested a welfare check on the couple. The sheriff’s office stated they “believe that Mr. Delgado fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.”

Timothy Delgado was an assistant prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, based in Sacramento. His focus was reportedly in prosecuting narcotics and firearms cases. Additionally, Delgado’s career included time as a California state prosecutor and a lawyer in the Navy. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and has been licensed in the state of California since 2011.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento issued a statement Monday asserting that all questions related to the case and current investigation should be directed to the sheriff’s office.

The Delgados were married just four months ago, in November, according to Tamara Delgado’s Facebook page.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation with the assistance of the FBI, and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s office stated publicly that they are fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

Free, confidential services are available 24/7 for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, and for those around them. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The crisis text line is reachable at 741-741.