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Manhunt underway in Marshfield after woman is killed in shooting

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Police say Allen Warner (above) shot and killed his estranged wife on Monday.

MARSHFIELD — A woman was fatally shot Monday afternoon, sparking an extensive hunt for her estranged husband, who, officials said, had chased her in a motor vehicle before the deadly attack.

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz identified Allen Warner, 47, the woman’s “soon to be ex-husband,” as a person of interest in the shooting, which happened shortly before 6 p.m. on Main Street in Marshfield.

Warner is “considered armed and dangerous,” Cruz said at a 10 p.m. news conference. He asked for the public’s help in finding Warner, who police believe was driving a gray 2013 Toyota Corolla with a Massachusetts license plate reading 4FS-Z80.

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“If anybody comes in contact with him, please call 911 immediately,” Cruz said. “Do not approach him.’’

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Cruz said officials do not believe he is still in the vicinity of Marshfield. Warner’s license lists him as a resident of Rockland, Cruz said. Reached by phone Monday night, a relative of Warner declined to comment.

Residents should remain cautious until Warner is caught, the district attorney said.

The woman, believed to be in her late 30s or 40s, was taken to South Shore Hospital with a gunshot wound, where she was pronounced dead. No weapons were recovered at the scene, authorities said.

Police received a 911 call from the woman, who reported that Warner was chasing her in a vehicle. When police arrived, they found her suffering from “facial injuries.”

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State Police and a SWAT team were involved in the search for Warner. Around 8 p.m., at least three helicopters were circling the area, and police were escorting students from an athletic event at Marshfield High School, a few miles from the shooting.

Aimee Ortiz of Globe staff contributed to this report.