A BRITISH woman has been shot dead in an apparent murder-suicide involving her husband in a wealthy residential area near Madrid.
The 59-year-old’s body was found next to her partner’s in the garden of their home in a gated estate in upmarket Pozuelo de Alarcon, to the west of the Spanish capital.
Police believe the victim was shot dead by her partner, a 66-year-old local and former pilot, before he allegedly turned the gun on himself.
An alarm was raised by a security guard at the estate around 2.30pm local time on Sunday.
The couple found dead were alone in the property in an area called Urbanizacion Somosaguas – a gated commnuity known as La Finca where several footballers including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale own homes.
Spain’s Equality Minister Irene Montero has confirmed police are investigating the incident as a domestic violence case.
She wrote on Twitter: “All my affection and support for the family at these difficult moments.”
Hana Jalloul, spokeswoman for the left-wing PSOE party in Madrid’s regional Parliament, wrote on social media: “ENOUGH. We are not going to stop until we eradicate gender violence.”
A government office set up to combat gender-based violence added: “We are compiling information on the murder of a woman in the province of Madrid in a suspected case of gender violence.
“If the suspicions are confirmed, the number of women murdered in gender violence killings in Spain would reach 17 in 2021 and 1095 since 2003.”