Bullhead City deaths ruled double-murder, suicide

KINGMAN, Ariz. – Police have determined that the Dec. 6 deaths of three family members in Bullhead City was a double-murder, suicide.

Bullhead City spokesman Steve Johnson said an investigation has determined that Robert Ulan, 53, killed himself after shooting and killing his wife, Valerie Ulan, 47, and her 17-year-old son, Jeffrey Artz.

“We don’t know the sequence,” Johnson said. “All we know is that the bullets all came from one weapon, the rifle, and the only thing they determined is that Bob Ulan killed himself with the last shot.”

Johnson said an investigation and an autopsy determined that all of the shots had been fired from the 7.26-caliber rifle that was found under Robert Ulan’s body.

Johnson said there was no history of domestic violence, drug abuse or medical or financial distress in the family. He said police are uncertain as to specific motive, but that neighbors reported a domestic dispute within the Ulan home in the 2400 block of Merrill Avenue Dec. 6.

“There was an argument going on – yelling, screaming – there was some sort of argument that was escalating,” Johnson said.

He said officers conducting a welfare check when Ulan failed to show up for work discovered the bodies in the home.

Johnson said Ulan had been a Bullhead City employee since 1999, working most recently in the municipal wastewater division.

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