A special education teacher at Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro, Va, was reportedly shot and killed Wednesday by her estranged husband who then turned the weapon on himself, according to Rockbridge County, Va, authorities.

Nancy Sullenberger, 61, was found dead along with her husband James Sullenberger, 63, in an apparent murder-suicide at their home in the quiet community of Fairfield in Rockbridge County. WHSV TV-3 reported the son was at the residence when Mr. Sullenberger arrived and ran to call authorities.

The couple had reportedly been separated for six months and Mrs. Sullenberger had taken out a restraining order after a domestic dispute earlier in the year to keep her husband away from the residence. According to the Waynesboro News-Virginian:

Nancy Sullenberger filed for an emergency protective order against her husband after an April 20 incident in which she alleged he shoved her into a chair during an argument, according to Rockbridge County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court records. Jim Sullenberger violated the protective order three days later when he tried to call his wife, according to court records.

She filed for a preliminary protective order May 10. The couple were scheduled for a July 26 review hearing.

Mrs. Sullenberger taught special education at Kate Collins Middle School the past three years and was well-liked by the faculty and families. She was also a member of the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board.

A neighbor reported that Mr. Sullenberger was a well-known insurance salesman in nearby Lexington.

Reports indicate Mrs. Sullenberger had been living at the couple's home after the separation and Mr. Sullenberger was living in Lexington. They had moved to the area three years ago, according to neighbors who described them as friendly and outgoing.

The investigation by the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department is continuing.