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Rockwood murder-suicide: Shooter previously made threats to kill wife

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One woman is dead after police say her husband shot her at the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center Tuesday morning One woman is dead after police say her husband shot her at the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center Tuesday morning
Christopher and Sheena Henderson seen in a Facebook photo from Sheena's public page Christopher and Sheena Henderson seen in a Facebook photo from Sheena's public page
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UPDATE: SPOKANE, Wash- KHQ confirmed new information on a murder-suicide in Spokane that took place Tuesday morning. According to a law enforcement source, Spokane Valley deputies contacted Chris Henderson on Monday, the day before Tuesday's murder-suicide. Friends and family confirm to KHQ that Chris Henderson is the man who police say entered the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center, shot and killed his wife Sheena Henderson, then turned the gun on himself. Spokane Police say this was the result of a domestic dispute the two had been having. Both were pronounced dead Tuesday morning.

KHQ has confirmed employees of the West Corporation in Spokane Valley called 911 Monday to report their fellow employee Chris Henderson was being unruly. An employee tells KHQ that he had also talked about killing his wife and himself. Spokane Valley police deputies responded to the business and contacted Henderson just before 1 pm Monday. Henderson was checked out but not arrested or taken into custody.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed that the victim was 30-year-old Sheena Henderson. The official identity of the shooter has not yet been released by the medical examiner.

The Spokane County Sheriffs office says it's waiting to comment until the medical examiner officially releases the identity of the husband and wife.

KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus also reached out to a spokesman for the West Corporation in Nebraska. The company would not comment on the incident but did say Henderson had been an employee of the company since 2012.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - One woman is dead after police say her husband walked into her work, shot her and then shot himself. 

Spokane Police say just after 9:30am they responded to a shooting call at the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center inside Deaconess Hospital. Officers arrived and immediately moved patients and staff to a safe area. The woman was found dead on the 7th floor, and the man, despite a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the man was alive. He was taken to to the emergency room in the hospital, and was pronounced dead a short time later. 

Friends and family told KHQ the victim was Sheena Henderson, and she was an employee of Rockwood. Friends and family also confirmed that the shooter was Sheena's husband, Christopher. We are told they have two children  and they are safe with relatives. 

The 7th floor is closed while detectives process the scene, however the rest of the hospital is still open and patients can come and go to scheduled appointments.

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub released a statement regarding the shooting:

“This incident is both a family and community tragedy. The Spokane Police Department will thoroughly investigate this incident and continue to work closely with our law enforcement and community partners to address issues associated with domestic violence,” - Spokane Police Chief Straub.

Mayor David Condon also released a statement:

“We are all deeply saddened by today’s events. Domestic violence is unacceptable in Spokane or any community. We are thankful no one else was hurt or killed, and as Spokane so often does, we will rally to support the family, friends and colleagues who are grieving a loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.”

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