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Lee County, Fla., medical examiners said Thursday that Arthur Hohensee, a 74-year-old retired Amherst police detective, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a tense incident in his home involving alleged gunshots he fired at his newly-divorced wife and an adult daughter and then briefly exchanged gunfire with Lee County sheriff’s deputies who were called to the scene about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

After sheriff’s deputies pulled Hohensee’s former wife and daughter safely through a window, the 20-year Amherst policeman reportedly set fire to the house, destroying the structure which his wife had recently been awarded as their divorce was finalized, officials said. Neither woman was injured.

The couple’s divorce was finalized on May 10 and the house was reported a total loss, according to Lee County sheriff’s spokesmen.