Police seized licensed weapons from Princess Anne’s dog trainer just weeks before he ‘shot his estranged wife dead and then tried to kill himself at Boris Johnson’s family estate’.
Debbie Zurick, was gunned down at the weekend at her home in Winsford, near Minehead in Somerset.
The 56-year-old’s husband John, is believed to be in hospital with self-inflicted injuries.
The couple are at the centre of a double shooting and Avon and Somerset Police today confirmed weapons had been seized earlier this month as part of a separate investigation.
Pictured: Debbie Zurick and John Zurick. Neighbours of the couple, who lived in Nethercote Cottage, Winsford, Somerset, next to the Johnson family’s 500-acre estate, say the couple’s marriage was in crisis and Mrs Zurick had asked her husband for a divorce
Officers were called to the property after reports of a hearing a gunshot in Winsford, Somerset
Their home is next to the rural estate owned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley.
Mr Johnson said his family is ‘shocked, stunned and saddened’ by the death of his neighbour, who was shot at her country cottage.
The force said: ‘We can confirm we previously attended the address where this incident happened to seize licensed firearms as part of a separate investigation.
‘We’re satisfied that no firearms licensed to any of the occupants remained at the premises following this visit.
Winsford borders Exmoor National Park and is home to a 12th century pub, The Royal Oak Exmoor
A picture posted on the couple’s social media showing Boris Johnson meeting their dog, also called Boris
‘We’re unable to go into further details due to the ongoing referral to the IOPC.’
The force was called to Winsford by a member of the public raising concerns over the welfare of a woman at 2.30pm on Saturday.
Mrs Zurick was found outside the property with severe injuries and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said a second woman, being treated as a key witness, was located unhurt nearby.
Neighbours of the couple, who lived in Nethercote Cottage, Winsford, Somerset, next to the Johnson family’s 500-acre estate, say the couple’s marriage was in crisis and Mrs Zurick had asked her husband for a divorce