POLICE are investigating why a truck driver gunned down his estranged partner on their own driveway before taking his own life in a brutal murder-suicide on the Central Coast.
SHOOTING: The home where Sue Glasgow and Dave Chalmers lived before their separation.
Sue Glasgow, 49, was picking up the last few items from the couple’s former home at Woongarrah on Thursday afternoon when Dave Chalmers cold-bloodedly shot her dead.
He then fled behind the nearby Central Life Church and killed himself.
Shattered friends and neighbours yesterday told of a loving woman who worked as a receptionist at a local business, volunteered for charities and used to boast of having “a nice house, nice car, swimming pool and good bloke”.
But their relationship had soured and Ms Glasgow had moved into rental accommodation at Long Jetty in March, friends said.
“He was a bit depressed because they split up,” a friend, who only identified himself as Gaz, said.
“She was a lovely lady. I just can’t believe it.”
A neighbour said Chalmers, a truck driver who was ex-army and a regular at the Wallarah Bay Recreation Club, had become depressed following the separation and had removed himself from society.
“He used to stop and chat but recently, he would drive straight past,” she said.
Gaz said Ms Glasgow was picking up a few last things from the house when she was killed.
“She went back to get the last of her gear,” he said.
“He said to me he had everything packed in boxes and as soon as the place was sold, he would make a fresh start and move on.
“It’s very sad.”
Neighbours said a relative of Ms Glasgow’s discovered her on the driveway of the Natasha Place home before 5.45pm and frantically knocked on doors asking for someone who knew first aid.
“We thought at first it was a home invasion,” one neighbour said.
But the discovery of Chalmers’ body about 50 metres away behind the church quickly dispelled the theory.
Police said they would wait for formal identification and an autopsy report before confirming whether the incident was a murder-suicide.
A spokesman said police were treating the incident as suspicious and there was no evidence that anyone else was involved.
Ballistics experts joined crime scene detectives at the scene on Thursday night.
Tuggerah Lakes duty officer Inspector Chris Wellfare appealed for any witnesses to contact police.
Detectives will prepare a report for the coroner.
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