Police tape surrounds a home where a woman was found dead yesterday. Her husband is in a critical condition in a Brisbane hospital.
Police tape surrounds a home where a woman was found dead yesterday. Her husband is in a critical condition in a Brisbane hospital. Vanessa Marsh

Husband still on critical list

A TEAM of forensic police are still examining a Burnett Heads home where officers found a woman dead and her husband in a critical condition with gunshot wounds to his head early on Sunday morning.

Police say they expect to be at the crime scene for several days as they try to unravel what led to the apparent murder-suicide bid.

A Royal Brisbane Hospital spokesman has told the NewsMail the man, aged in his mid 40s, is still in a critical condition.

Shocked neighbours described the man and woman as quiet people who had only recently moved to the home with their son about six months ago.

"The wife would always wave when she went to work," a neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

"They seemed really normal."

The neighbour said although he was awake at the time of the incident, he had not heard anything from next door.

"I didn't know until this morning," he said.

The neighbour said the woman had worked for a weight-loss company and her husband was a painter.

The couple's son and his dog were yesterday staying with other neighbours as police scoured the home for evidence.

Another neighbour, Daniel Sharpe, said the man was often working on his cars.

"He loves his cars," Mr Sharpe said.

"He had a V8 that he was always playing with.

"He seemed like a nice bloke."

Like his other neighbour, Mr Sharpe said he heard nothing of the disturbance.

"The first I knew was when the cops woke me up at 3am," he said.

The home was under heavy police guard yesterday, and one forensic officer said he expected police would be at the home for several days.

Bundaberg Police Criminal Investigations Branch Detective Sergeant Ben Fadian said anyone who heard anything of the incident was urged to alert police.

"We would be interested to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time," he said.

He said police were not looking for suspects at this stage.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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