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 November 18th, 2009  
North-St. Lucie County home is scene of attempted murder and suicide, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
 
A husband-and-wife altercation at a north-St. Lucie County home resulted in the attempted murder of the wife followed by the suicide of the husband, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. at the 3408 Fort Walton Avenue home of William Beck, 54, in the Lakewood Park subdivision north of Fort Pierce, Sheriff Mascara said. William Beck and victim Jacqueline Beck, 54, were married but not living together.

According to detectives, Jacqueline Beck came to William Beck's home at his request. She told detectives she intended to tell her husband she wanted a divorce.

Following a physical altercation, William Beck shot Jacqueline Beck once in the face and once in the chest and then shot himself in the head with his .32-caliber automatic pistol.

Jacqueline Beck ran outside and screamed for help. A St. Lucie County Sheriff's detective who lives nearby heard the screams, ran to the house and found Jacqueline Beck lying on the front porch of the home. The detective radioed for help, went inside and found William Beck lying on the living room floor. St. Lucie County Fire-Rescue workers pronounced him dead at the scene.

Detectives found the gun underneath William Beck's body.

County Fire-Rescue workers took Jacqueline Beck to the emergency room of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, Fort Pierce, where she was being treated Wednesday night.

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