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Tuscaloosa Co. double murder/suicide victims had gunshot wounds

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Investigators say Powell ran his wife and Hydrick off the road and they crashed down a 50-foot embankment on Sylvan Loop Road. Source: WBRC video Investigators say Powell ran his wife and Hydrick off the road and they crashed down a 50-foot embankment on Sylvan Loop Road. Source: WBRC video
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UPDATE: The Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit says an examination of the victims shows they both received at least one gunshot wound during the incident. Due to injuries recieved in the crash and the gunshot wounds, the exact cause of death has not been released. 

ORIGINAL STORY:Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide investigators have released the names of two victims and a suspect in an apparent double murder and suicide from the weekend.

The suspect is Taylor McLaurin Powell, 52. The first victim is Powell's wife, Melanie Powell, 51. The second victim is Ronald Larry Hydrick, 53.

Homicide investigators say Sunday after midnight Taylor Powell confronted his wife at Hydrick's home. There was a domestic dispute that escalated quickly and a car chase began on Sylvan Loop Road.

Investigators say Powell ran his wife and Hydrick off the road and they crashed down a 50-foot embankment.

Investigators say when Powell saw his wife and Hydrick didn't survive the crash, he shot himself with a handgun.

Court documents obtained by FOX6 show that Melanie Powell filed for divorce Oct. 17, 2013, citing an "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage."

Investigators say it's going to be difficult to actually know what took place.

"What went on before the chase occurred, there's just not going to be anyway for us to know," Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Sgt. Dale Philips said. "There doesn't appear to be any injuries [that happened] at the house."

Taylor Powell used to be a deputy for the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office. He left the department in 1997 to seek job opportunities outside law enforcement.

The sheriff's office is calling the incident a horrible tragedy.

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