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PETAL, Miss. - A former Hattiesburg City worker is dead following a domestic assault in Petal.

Authorities say Matthew Boutwell shot his ex-wife before taking his own life at a home in the 0 to 100 block of Chatau Drive.

The unidentified victim was transported to Forrest General Hospital, where she received surgery.

The suspect's body was sent to the crime lab for an autopsy.

The victim is expected to live, and Petal Police are still investigating why the trigger was pulled.
 
"We did retrieve a handgun and also a letter that was left behind by him, the male subject," said Michael Stevens, Detective Petal Police Department.

The mayor released a statement encouraging city employees to use the city's free employee assistance program that is available 24 hours a day.

The number to make an appointment with the City Employee Assistance Program is (601) 288-1498
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