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Couple found fatally shot in home in Blackman Township

Posted at 8:35 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 06:03:40-05

BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police are investigating after the bodies of a husband and wife were found Sunday morning in Blackman Township.

Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety Director Michael L. Jester told FOX 47 police were dispatched to the 3500 block of Cypress in Blackman Township at 6:50 a.m. Sunday for a death investigation.

Jester said police found the couple dead, both with gunshot wounds, inside of their residence.

Jester said the subjects are Matthew Lee Sparks, 35, and Sheena Marie Sparks, 35.

Neighbors said they were just an average couple with two young sons and a dog.

"Nice people. They were quiet. You heard the kids playing in the house and stuff. They just kept to themselves, but they were very nice people."

Neighbors also say they never saw anything like this coming, and that the community is typically a quiet one.

"Half the time you go to bed and you forget to lock your door you know? You don't think something like that is going to happen in your neighborhood at all."

Detectives from the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety are investigating the incident, Jester said.

The director said no further information will be released until the investigation is complete but said the department doesn't believe there is any danger to the public.

Detectives from the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety were assisted on-scene by the Michigan State Police Laboratory, Jester said.

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