By Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

WESTFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - Chautauqua (shuh-TAW-kwuh) County authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide attempt.

Sheriff’s deputies say a woman was shot in the head early Thursday in the town of Westfield, but was able to get to a neighbor’s house for help. While police officers were looking for the woman’s boyfriend, they heard a gunshot and found him dead on a beach in nearby Barcelona.

The sheriff’s office identifies the man as 38-year-old Sam Reynolds of the Buffalo suburb of Lancaster. His girlfriend, 29-year-old Nicole Sheehan of Lancaster, was taken to Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Sheehan was in critical condition after the 2:30 a.m. shooting. The hospital declined to release her condition later Thursday.

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