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Man kills woman, then himself during child custody exchange: officials

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FREELAND, Wash. — Two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide during a child custody exchange Friday on Whidbey Island.

The Island County Sheriff’s Office says it responded to a domestic disturbance call during the exchange at about 3:30 p.m. on South Whidbey. Before officials arrived, the sheriff’s office say a 42-year-old man fled the area with a 32-year-old woman and their baby.

He later shot and killed the woman and then himself outside Freeland, the sheriff’s office said in a release.  The infant was not harmed.

The Island County Medical Examiner identified the victim as 31-year-old Natasha Blouin of Freeland, Washington.  The suspect is identified as 42-year-old John Meadows of Greenbank, Washington.

Other information about the incident was not released.

This is a developing story and will be updated 

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