Two dead in Devizes shooting

A man and a woman have been found dead at a house in Devizes. They had suffered gunshots wounds. Police say they're not looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting.

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Inquest opened into Devizes victims

The inquest into the deaths of Victoria Rose and Bill Dowling were opened and adjourned yesterday (Thursday 7th March 2013) pending the outcome of the police investigation.

The couple's bodies were found at their home in Devizes last Saturday. Bill Dowling was a former Wiltshire police officer who retired five years ago.

The cause of death for both deceased was given as gunshot wounds.

Former policeman in "mental and emotional decline," says his family

The family of a former police officer who is believed to have killed his girlfriend before killing himself, said today that he was suffering from a "mental and emotional decline."

Detectives discovered the body of Bill Dowling at his home in Devizes next to that of his partner, Vicky Rose. Her family say she was "a caring person who always had time to chat to everyone." Robert Murphy reports.

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Dowling family issue statement

The family of Bill Dowling has issued a brief statement...

"As a family we are trying to come to terms with the loss of a much loved father and grandfather.

During the last three weeks Bill's emotional and mental wellbeing have been in sharp decline and we are shocked and saddened by recent events.

We are thinking of Vicki's family. We ask that you respect our privacy at this tragic time.”

– FAMILY OF BILL DOWLING

Family pay tribute

The family of Victoria Rose have issued a short statement...

Mum, Victoria or Vicky was sadly taken away from us on Saturday. Words cannot describe how the family are feeling with this loss, for such a caring person. Anyone that knew her, or had any contact with her, would know how she was always willing to help and chat to anyone.

We have been so overwhelmed with messages of support in such a difficult time and we know how shocked people must be in hearing this sad news, and still it doesn’t seem quite real.

What we do ask if the family can be left to grieve in this difficult time.”

– Family of Victoria Rose

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Woman's identify confirmed

The woman found shot dead along with her retired policeman partner has been named locally as Victoria Rose.

The 58-year-old, known as Vicky, was found in the porch of Bill Dowling's home in Devizes on Saturday morning.

She was his long-term partner but lived with her mother and two sons close by.

Police statement following Devizes shooting

Police have issued a statement aimed at reassuring the public following the deaths of a couple in a shooting in Devizes. The bodies of the man and woman were found at a house on Moonrakers Estate yesterday morning.

News of these tragic deaths will have been a shock to the community and our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two people involved. I would like to reiterate that this is an isolated incident and reassure members of the community that Devizes is a safe place.

I would like to thank residents for their understanding as there will be an increased police presence on the estate as officers continue to conduct vital enquiries.

– Chief Inspector Mark Sellers, Wiltshire Police
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