Novi couple found dead after apparent murder-suicide - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Novi couple found dead after apparent murder-suicide

Posted: Updated:
Lisa Bowman Christenson Lisa Bowman Christenson
NOVI, Mich. (WJBK) -

Police in Novi are investigating an apparent murder-suicide at a home on Porter Street. We have learned the couple was going through a divorce.

We were told the couple's 16-year-old son was downstairs watching television. His mother, 55-year-old Lisa Bowman Christenson, and stepfather, 59-year-old Gunar Christenson, were in the master bedroom.

Police said Tuesday morning it appears Gunar grabbed his shotgun and shot Lisa twice in the bathroom, then went into the bedroom closet and turned the gun on himself.

Sources said there was a chair wedged in the door from inside the bedroom confirming this was a domestic situation.

We have learned the couple had already filed for divorce, and when they did not show for a Tuesday morning deposition, an attorney called for a welfare check.

Lisa's son, who was at home at the time, but did not see or hear anything, was taken to the police station before officers searched the home. He is now staying with family.

We were told Lisa's daughter is away at college.

The couple may have been in the middle of a messy divorce, but a family member told us there had been no signs of violence in the past, and they have no idea what caused the husband to snap.

Family members are upset and distraught about what happened, but they said they want people to know that Lisa was a great person and a loving sister, mother and friend.

The autopsies are expected to be conducted on Wednesday.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Victims shot and killed on Detroit's west side identified

    Victims shot and killed on Detroit's west side identified

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:42:19 GMT
    Two families are grieving after the bodies of a young man and woman were found in the street Sunday morning on Detroit's west side. Both were shot and killed.
    Two families are grieving after the bodies of a young man and woman were found in the street Sunday morning on Detroit's west side. Both were shot and killed.
  • Two hospitalized after crashing stolen Corvette in police chase

    Two hospitalized after crashing stolen Corvette in police chase

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:50:55 GMT
    Two men are sent to the hospital after crashing their corvette in Hamtramck. In addition to their injuries, they may be facing serious charges including grand theft auto.
    Two men are sent to the hospital after crashing their corvette in Hamtramck. In addition to their injuries, they may be facing serious charges including grand theft auto.
  • Severe thunderstorms move into metro Detroit

    Severe thunderstorms move into metro Detroit

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:38:09 GMT
    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for St. Clair and Macomb counties until 7:21 p.m.
    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for St. Clair and Macomb counties until 7:21 p.m.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices