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Swansea deaths tied to clash over debt

Authorities have identified the two men shot to death Sunday in an apparent murder and suicide in Swansea that allegedly escalated after an argument over money, State Police said Monday.

State troopers and Swansea police responded to a report of gunfire on Stephen French Road around 6 p.m. Sunday, and found Mitchell Stevenson, 37, of Tiverton, R.I., fatally shot in a car, State Police said.

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Witnesses told police that a single gunshot was heard coming from a home near the car shortly after a man had fled inside, State Police said. Officers entered the home and found Christian Wilson, 43, the resident of the house, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

State Police said their investigation of the deaths indicates that Wilson owed Stevenson money, and Stevenson had driven to his home to collect the debt when the two began arguing.

Wilson reportedly pulled out a firearm and fired several shots, killing Stevenson as he sat in his car. Wilson then returned to his home and shot himself, State Police said.

The investigation is continuing, State Police said.

Todd Feathers can be reached at todd.feathers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @ToddFeathers.

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