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Cop Turned Mayoral Candidate Found Dead In Apparent Coffee Shop Murder-Suicide

Ashley Midby and Jared Murphy were found dead in what police are labeling a murder-suicide, but it is not clear who they believe the killer is.

By Gina Tron
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An Idaho cop who was running for mayor, along with the manager of a coffee shop, were both found dead inside that cafe in an apparent murder-suicide.

Ashley Midby, 34, and Jared Murphy, 28, both of Bellevue, were found dead from gunshot wounds inside a Bellevue coffee shop on Thursday, the Idaho State Police said in a press release.

While their deaths are being investigated as a possible murder-suicide, it’s not clear who investigators believe the murderer is. The pair knew each other, but their relationship is unclear. A 2019 comment on a Facebook photo of them describes them as a "gorgeous couple."

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Midby was the manager of Coffee Corner in Bellevue, while Murphy had been an employee of the City of Hailey Police Department since 2018. He was currently running for mayor. He previously ran for mayor of Bellevue and lost in 2018. Just days before the shooting, Murphy debated mayoral issues at a local forum for candidates. He argued that face masks should be a personal choice, the Idaho Mountain Express reported.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the friends, coworkers, certainly the families, and all those so painfully impacted by this extreme tragedy," Hailey Mayor Martha Burke told local outlet KTVB-TV. "The loss of young life pains us all, and we, with the entire local community, deeply grieve these losses.”

The Hailey Police Department have not immediately returned Oxygen.com’s request for comment.

The City of Hailey said in a press release that it is "overwhelmingly saddened to learn that a Hailey Police Officer was involved in an incident that is under investigation by Idaho State Police,” according to Idaho News 6.

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