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Michigan woman accused of fatally shooting brother and transgender lover found dead

Michigan woman accused of fatally shooting brother and transgender lover found dead 2

‘Armed and dangerous’ Michigan woman who fatally shot her transgender lover and brother is found dead after turning gun on herself

  • Police had warned citizens to be on the lookout for 22-year-old Ruby Taverner Sunday, after finding the bodies of Ray Muscat, 26, and Bishop Taverner, 25
  • Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said 5-foot-two, 115-lb. Taverner was ‘armed and dangerous’ and ‘highly dangerous to themselves or someone else’ 
  • Her body was discovered by police Monday morning in woods near the crime scene. She reportedly died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound
  • Police revealed that a Glock 43X handgun purchased by Taverner within the past week was found on her person discovered by detectives searching the area
  • Police are investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting. They have yet to release a suspected motive in the killings
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A woman wanted for fatally shooting her brother and transgender lover over the weekend has been found dead, cops say, following a daylong manhunt by police. 

Michigan police had warned citizens to be on the lookout for 22-year-old Ruby Taverner Sunday, after finding the bodies of Ray Muscat, 26, and Bishop Taverner, 25, in the suspect’s Independence Township apartment early Sunday morning.

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Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said that 5-foot-two, 115-lb. Taverner was ‘armed and dangerous’ and ‘highly dangerous to themselves or someone else.’

Her body was discovered by police Monday morning in woods near the crime scene. She reportedly died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

‘An Independence Township woman who fatally shot her live-in boyfriend and her brother Sunday was found dead today of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near the apartment complex where the fatal shootings occurred,’ the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said Monday in a statement.

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Police did not release a motive for the killings. 

Michigan police found the body of 5-foot-two, 115-lb. Ruby Taverner Monday following a daylong manhunt for the double homicide suspect, wanted for the murders of her 25-year-old brother and transgender boyfriend. She died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say

Michigan police found the body of 5-foot-two, 115-lb. Ruby Taverner Monday following a daylong manhunt for the double homicide suspect, wanted for the murders of her 25-year-old brother and transgender boyfriend. She died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say

Cops found the body of Taverner's 26-year-old live-in boyfriend Ray - formerly Amber - Muscat Sunday morning in a bedroom of the pair's apartment

Also fatally shot was Taverner's older brother Bishop, 25, whose body was found in the apartment's living room

Cops found the bodies of Taverner’s 26-year-old live-in boyfriend Ray – formerly Amber – Muscat (at left) and older brother Bishop Sunday morning in the pair’s apartment. Bishop’s body was found in the living room, and Muscat’s body was found in a rear bedroom, police said

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Police revealed that a Glock 43X handgun purchased by Taverner within the past week was found on her person, discovered by detectives searching the wooded area near Independence Square Apartments.  

Authorities added she also had two other handguns registered in her name. 

‘This tragic situation has now been brought to a close, and our investigators will now pivot to see if we can answer the question on everyone’s mind – why,’ Bouchard said in a press release sent after the discovery. 

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The suspect had been living with Ray Muscat – formerly known as Amber Muscat – cops said Sunday. It is unknown how long they had been in a relationship. 

Police are investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting. 

 It’s a terrible situation,’ Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Monday. ‘ It always seems to be magnified when you get someone who commits something horrible like that – a homicide – and then kills themselves. 

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‘You almost wonder “what was the point” to this whole thing? You never get any answers that satisfy those questions because, now, all parties are deceased.’

Deputies had responded to reports of gunshots at the Clarkston apartment complex around 3:20 am Sunday, cops said. The call came from an unidentified female resident of the apartment.

‘The caller, who lived in the apartment with Taverner, said she was awaken[ed] by what she believed were gunshots,’ police’s statement Monday read.

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Bishop Taverner’s body was found in the living room, and Muscat’s body was found in a rear bedroom, The Detroit Times reported.

Bouchard said: ‘This tragic situation has now been brought to a close, and our investigators will now pivot to see if we can answer the question on everyone’s mind – why.’

Police’s investigation is currently ongoing.

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