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Two dead in Republic from apparent gunshot wounds

According to the Veteran Legacy Project, Olson joined the Marine Corp in 2006 According to the Veteran Legacy Project, Olson joined the Marine Corp in 2006

REPUBLIC, Wash. - According to Ferry County Coroner Mike Sadona, the two people discovered dead by Republic Police Saturday morning died from apparent gunshot wounds.

The bodies of Chad Olson and Jessica Armstrong were found by Republic Police in a home in the 10000 block of S. Adams. The two were married.

Family members say it appears Olson may have shot his wife before shooting himself in what they are calling a tragedy.

When reached on the phone Monday, Olson's aunt said the young man had been seeking treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and this heinous act was completely out of character.

The coroner's office says that several guns were found in the home, but officials say Olson comes from a family of hunters.

Olson's uncle David Olson told KHQ that 11 letters written by Olson were found with the bodies but he did not know the content of them.

The family is stressing the importance of help for soldiers stricken with PTSD and believe if Olson had received more help, there's a possibility this tragedy could have been avoided.

The following is a statement KHQ received from a family member:

"We are heartbroken by the tragedy that has happened in our family. There are no words to describe the unbearable sadness of losing our beloved Chad and Jessica. Two young lives were lost in this horrific tragedy."

"Chad was a loving, charismatic young man. However, after serving time in the Marine Corps, Chad was a changed man and suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The toll the Iraq war took on Chad was more than he could bear."

We grieve the loss for all those who are involved in this terrible tragedy and are devastated for Jessica's family. The parents of Chad would like to express their extreme sorrow to the family of Jessica and would like to say how terribly sorry they are for the devastating loss of their loved one.   

"Many soldiers are suffering today as Chad did.  We can only hope that this tragedy will bring awareness to the desperate need our soldiers may have upon returning from war, and in doing so, may prevent another tragedy like this from happening." 

Republic Police called WSP for assistance in the investigation and crews from the WSP Crime Lab spent the weekend collecting evidence from the scene.  

More information is expected to be released from the WSP as the investigation progresses.

KHQ is working to gather more information and will bring you the latest on KHQ.com.

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