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Walsall double shooting: Woman 'may have killed herself'

Clare Sly and Derrick Vassell
Image caption Ambulance crews tried to save Clare Sly and Derrick Vassell

A woman who died in a double shooting may have killed herself, police said.

Clare Sly, 39, and Derrick Vassell, 43, who were found with gunshot wounds in Laneside Gardens, Walsall, early on Friday, have been named by police.

Det Insp Michaela Kerr said that following post-mortem results and extensive examinations, Mr Vassell's death was being treated as murder.

She said one line of inquiry was that Ms Sly took her own life, but inquiries were "very much ongoing".

Mr Vassell suffered two gunshot injuries, while Ms Sly sustained a single injury.

"We continue to investigate the exact circumstances of how Clare came to sustain her fatal gunshot injury," the officer said.

Ambulance crews tried to save the pair, who were believed to have had a relationship, but they died at the scene.

Mr Vassell's family said in a statement: "Derrick was a much-loved member of the family who will be deeply missed."

Meanwhile, Ms Sly's mother Eileen paid tribute to her daughter.

"Clare was a loving mother to her three sons and was widely respected and popular with everyone that knew her," she said.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "Whilst we await further specialist test results, the 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman who were arrested in connection with the deaths remain on police bail."

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