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Murder-suicide suspected after 2 found dead at south Fargo home of typewriter repairman

Fargo police at the scene of a suspected murder-suicide at 1814 16th St. S. in Fargo on Saturday, Jan. 26. WDAY1 / 2
Fargo police investigated a suspected murder-suicide Saturday, Jan. 26, at this home at 1814 16th St. S. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor 2 / 2

FARGO — An elderly man and woman were found with apparent gunshot wounds at a Fargo home Saturday morning, Jan. 26, in what police say is a suspected murder-suicide.

Officers were called to the home at 1814 16th St. S. for a medical assist about 11 a.m. When officers arrived, they discovered the man and woman were dead, according to Fargo police.

Police said they are not seeking anyone else related to the incident and the investigation is ongoing.

A husband and wife lived in the home near Lewis & Clark Elementary School, according to neighbor Mark Stubstad. The husband had been suffering from lung cancer, and the wife had worsening health issues, Stubstad said.

Behind the home sits the shop of F-M Typewriter Services. The owner of the shop is John Ham, according to a website that lists typewriter repair shops. A 2013 Forum story said Ham had walled off a section of his garage by his home to create the shop, which appears to be the only one of its kind in Fargo.

Stubstad said he didn't hear gunshots and wasn't aware anything had happened until increased traffic and police cars crowded the area. "We were out walking the dog, and there were cops flying everywhere," he said.

Police said they would release the names of the two deceased people in the coming days.

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