THE inquest into the death of a woman who died from shotgun injuries in a small West Somerset village has been opened.

Deborah Anne Zurick, 56, of Nethercote Cottage, Winsford, near Minehead, died in her home on February 22.

Evidence suggests she was shot in the chest.

Somerset's senior coroner, Tony Williams, opened the inquest today (March 10).

He said: "I confirm that I have today opened an Inquest into the death of Deborah Anne Zurick, aged 56 years, of Nethercote Cottage, Winsford, Minehead, who died at her home address on 22 February 2020.

"I admitted into evidence an Interim post mortem report from Dr Debbie Cook, forensic home office pathologist, confirming cause of death as a shotgun wound to the chest.

"Police enquiries into the circumstances of the shooting continue."

The coroner said he would review the case on or before June 10.

Avon and Somerset Police is carrying out a murder investigation following the woman's death.

A 67-year-old man, John Zurick, was taken to hospital, also with shotgun wounds, believed to be self-inflicted.

He died a few days later.

DCI Neil Rice, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “This is a tragic incident and detectives, investigators and crime scene specialists are working closely with local uniformed officers to examine the scene and reassure the local community.

“Dedicated liaison officers are also supporting family members and friends through this difficult time.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, and our focus is now on supporting those affected by it."