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SSRI Ed note: Man in withdrawal commits murder-suicide

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TULSA — A friend thinks financial stress and a depleted supply of prescription medication may have led a man to take at least one hostage Thursday and kill another man before shooting and killing himself.
Police identified the shooter as Mark Davidson, 44. Officer Scott Walton said Friday he could not confirm the account by Davidson’s acquaintance.
Police also were not releasing the name of the slaying victim, pending notification of relatives. Walton described him only as an elderly man.
Marvana Hodges said Davidson had run out of anti-depressants and was distraught over his inability to find work.
Police were called to a duplex about 9 a.m., but “could not find anything suspicious,” Walton said.
Officers received another call about 1 p.m. from a woman who said she’d been held against her will inside the residence and that someone who’d been shot was inside.
Officers learned the man was barricaded inside and dispatched its special operations team and homicide detectives.
Witnesses inside the residence told police the man kept at least one person in the duplex against his will overnight. He was eventually released.
It was unclear how many hostages there were.
Witnesses also told police the shooter pushed a refrigerator against a back door to prevent anyone from getting in. Police also learned he might have a shotgun, a rifle equipped with a scope and another gun.
The tactical team lobbed several rounds of tear gas into the duplex when the shooter wouldn’t answer telephone calls by negotiators.
Officers entered the duplex about 4:15 p.m. and saw two bodies in the living room, police said. The deaths had been caused by shotgun wounds, Walton said.
Davidson had a criminal record. In 1984, he was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm. In 1996, he was convicted of unlawful possession of a controlled drug, state Corrections Department records show.