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Salvador Martinez Rivera, 63

Salvador Martinez Rivera, a 63-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Tuesday, July 10, in the 12700 block of Samoline Avenue in Downey, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Downey police investigators were called to Rivera's home shortly before 2 p.m. after a family member discovered him and his wife with gunshot wounds, said Sgt. Maria Villegas. 

Rivera was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:18 p.m., according to coroner's records. 

His wife, who has not been identified, was taken to a nearby hospital where she is listed in critical condition, Villegas said. 

Investigators believe the shooting was a murder-suicide, Villegas said, "and we believe the female was the aggressor, based on the way the bodies were found."

Villegas said she couldn't provide further details, but said investigators found a gun in the bedroom where Rivera and his wife were shot. 

It's not clear when the shooting occurred or what prompted the wife to allegedly shoot her husband, Villegas said. 

Rivera's wife is presently not under arrest, Villegas said. "Her condition is very critical, but if she gets better, we will have to revisit that."

Rivera and his wife are long-time residents of Downey with adult children, but they were living alone in their house at the time of the shooting, Villegas said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Downey Police Det. Ethan Roberts at 562-904-2333. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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