MBI: Father shot son, self during standoff with police

COLDWATER, Miss. (AP) - A Memphis, Tenn., father and son who exchanged gunfire with police both died as a result of shots fired by the father, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

Autopsy results and other evidence led police to conclude that Frank G. Mosley, 69, shot his son, Larry B. Mosley, 29, before turning the weapon on himself, MBI spokeswoman Delores Lewis said.

The father and son were wanted for questioning in the slaying of a Memphis couple when they tried to dodge a roadblock in Tate County on Friday and exchanged gunfire with lawmen, authorities said.

Lewis said the roadblock was established after a tip from Memphis police that the two were wanted and were driving an older-model Chevrolet Celebrity with a Tennessee license plate.

Memphis police were looking for the men for questioning in the deaths of James Smith, 22, and his 21-year-old wife, Stephanie, whose bodies were found last Thursday inside a Midtown Memphis duplex.

The two were last seen leaving the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica on March 15, where Smith had gone to pick his wife up from her housekeeping job.

After receiving information that indicated foul play, police searched four locations and the bodies were found in the attic of a duplex, which was the home of Smith's uncle, Memphis police spokesman Sgt. Vince Higgins has said. The missing couple lived in the adjoining unit.

Higgins said both bodies were found wrapped in "plastic and all kinds of stuff," he said.

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