A Temple Hills man was found dead in his apartment early this morning by Prince George's County police who were called about 2 1/2 hours earlier after he had shot and seriously wounded his estranged wife and her mother.

James Byrams, 55, was found in the bedroom of his first-floor Marlow Plaza apartment at 2900 St. Clair Dr. with "numerous wounds to the body" about 12:30 a.m., police spokesman Robert Law said. Law would not elaborate on the cause of the wounds to Byrams. No shots were fired by police, Law said.

When the first officers reached the high-rise about 10 p.m., they found Byrams' mother-in-law, Frankie D. Ragin, 59, of 154 36th St. NE, lying in the first-floor hallway with a gunshot wound to the face, Law said. As the officers were moving the wounded woman to safety, four shots rang out from Byrams' apartment, he said.

Shortly before, Byrams' wife, Latrice, 32, who had been living with her mother for a month, had run to a second-floor apartment to seek help after she was shot in the shoulder, Law said.

About 2 1/2 hours later, after using devices to determine if there were any movement in Byrams' apartment, police entered and found him dead.