Portapique Beach Road standoff

RCMP blocked off Portapique Beach Road where Marty Thompson barricaded himself inside a vehicle. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

A 47-year-old woman who was found dead in a Truro Heights apartment on Wednesday was strangled to death, according to police.

Cheryl Thompson’s death kicked off an intense day for police.

Her husband Marty Thompson barricaded himself in a parked vehicle on Portapique Beach Road for close to 14 hours.

He was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot just before 6 p.m.

Police said he is the only suspect in her death. 

“It's sad you wake up and they’re gone,” said sister-in-law Linda Pulsifer. “We just all wish we had been there to help her.”

Pulsifer said Cheryl met Marty when she was 12 or 13.

“Beautiful. Just beautiful she was."

The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team is looking into the incident.