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Man killed girlfriend, then himself in South Anchorage home, police say

Anchorage police conduct a homicide investigation at a home in the 1100 block of East 66th Avenue in Anchorage on Saturday evening, June 8, 2019. Police said officers found two adults dead inside the residence. (Madeline McGee / ADN)

A couple found dead in a South Anchorage home in June died in a homicide-suicide, police said.

Detectives believe Joshua J. Pettis, 37, shot and killed his girlfriend, Tammy S. Vasofski, 51, before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Their bodies were found June 8 in a home on the 1100 block of East 66th Avenue, near Old Seward Highway and Dowling Road.

Police believe the two were arguing before the shooting happened, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad. She did not give details about the circumstances of the argument.

The two were alone in the home at the time of the shooting, Oistad said.

Vasofski’s killing brings the number of homicides in Anchorage this year to 18.

She is the second Anchorage woman this year to die in a homicide-suicide. In February, Brenda Smalley, 46, died after being shot by her husband, Danny Smalley.