Sheriff Murray Blackwelder has identified the deceased in the murder-suicide which occurred early this morning in southern Lincoln County.

According to the sheriff, the victims are being identified as Jeff Faulkner, age 50, of Fayetteville; his wife, Julaine Marie Faulkner, 38, of Fayetteville; and her brother, Ryan Dale Oetken, 33, of Cartersville, Ga.

Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a “shots fired” call in the Windwood Subdivision in southern Lincoln County about 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

“Upon arrival, they met with two subjects who stated they were in the residence when a domestic argument escalated, and they heard a gunshot in the bedroom,” the sheriff said. “The couple immediately ran from the house and then heard numerous other shots.”

Deputies immediately entered the residence and found the bodies of two white males and that of a white female in the bedroom.

The bodies have been sent to the state medical examiner for autopsy and positive identification.

“At this time, this is still an ongoing investigation,” Blackwelder said.

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