Friday, April 18, 2014
"INDIANAPOLIS, IN — A woman shot her husband and then killed herself on the Southwestside late Thursday, hours after the murder/suicide of two Indianapolis police officers, authorities said.
"Police were called about 10:15 p.m. to 7356 Jackie Lane, dispatchers said. That’s north of Southport Road and east of Mooresville Road.
"The deceased woman is Jill Rogers, 48, said Alfarena Ballew, Marion County chief deputy coroner.
"The wounded man is Rex Bernard, Ballew said.
"Bernard was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed. The 42-year-old was reported to be in fair condition as of Friday afternoon."
"INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Indianapolis police officers were grieving and reeling Thursday as word spread through the force that two of their own were dead—a husband and wife who had separated, and died in a murder/suicide.
"Sgt. Ryan Anders and officer Kim Carmack were found dead about 5:40 p.m. inside a home on 2441 Inishmore Court, near West 21st Street and Country Club Road on the Far Westside. Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said the two died of gunshot wounds.
"Riggs said that someone had called police for a welfare check at that home. Once SWAT officers were at the scene but before they entered the home, police learned that a neighbor heard gunshots earlier that day, Riggs said. Police are unsure how long Anders and Carmack had been dead before they were found.
"Carmack had obtained a protective order against Anders, and he was on administrative leave because of a domestic-violence issue, Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite said at a news conference. The couple's divorce was finalized last October, court records show.
"`We had concerns about both of them,` Hite said. `They were counseled. They were given directions, and we also were made aware of his (Anders') whereabouts.`
"In addition, Anders' department-issued weapons had been taken from him, although it was not clear when that happened. Riggs said it is standard procedure to temporarily take away the firearm of an officer being investigated for domestic violence accusations.
"Anders had been offered help and his whereabouts were being monitored with technology, which Hite did not describe.
"But the scene at the home showed the determination involved: A door was forced open, Hite said.
"`That speaks volumes.`"
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"FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ — Joann Smith drover her van down a boat ramp and into the Delaware River with her children inside.
"The three kids, ages 13 to 15 began screaming and trying to call 911 on their cell phones.
"Their father, Jeffrey Smith received a chilling call from his daughter at 6:30 p.m., but he was too far away to help.
"Luckily, Darnell Taylor and his wife were driving nearby and heard the screaming.
"Taylor jumped into the freezing water to help. `I couldn't get the window open because the window in the van was not a pop-out window,` he told [reporters].
"The three children struggled inside while Taylor tried to help.
"`I kept telling the young lady to kick the window out, and she kicked it out,` he said.
"The kids and their mother scrambled safely to shore.
"Police in Florence Township, New Jersey arrested Joann Smith and charged her with three counts of attempted murder and child endangerment. A minor cut to a leg to one of the kids was the only injury.
"Taylor downplayed his part of the rescue but did recall one thing he thought was odd.
"He said Smith `only said thank you` one time during the rescue. "
"STOWE, VT — Authorities have identified the two people killed in an apparent murder-suicide that police are calling `a tragic act of domestic violence.`
"According to a press release issued by the Stowe Police Department, police believe 64-year-old Wayne Washburn murdered his 59-year-old wife, Katherine Washburn, and then committed suicide.
"Police found the bodies of Wayne and Katherine Washburn at their home at 262 Cady Hill Road in Stowe at 4:38 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday morning, police said their investigation indicated the incident was a murder/suicide. They identified the victims and provided more details late Thursday afternoon.
"Police said Katherine Washburn had suffered `severe injuries to her head,` although her exact cause of death had not yet been determined.
"Police said evidence suggests Wayne Washburn may have `overdosed on prescription medication in conjunction with deliberate carbon monoxide poisoning.`
"The department is awaiting further information from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner."
Thursday, April 17, 2014
"WILLIS, TX — Management of the Thousand Trails RV Park was awaiting the arrival of next of kin Wednesday morning after what the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said was a murder/suicide involving a husband and wife shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday.
"According to the MCSO, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 11700 block of Thousand Trails Road in North Montgomery County at 11 p.m. after dispatchers received a 911 call in reference to the shooting.
"A man telephoned 911 dispatchers shortly and stated he had just been informed by his father-in-law that he had shot his wife and was going to take his own life.
"Upon arrival at the location, deputies discovered Donald Jacobson, 69, and his wife Lucille Jacobson, 65, both dead inside their RV at the scene, according to Lt. Brady Fitzgerald.
"Lucille Jacobson was found with multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body. Donald Jacobson had a gunshot wound to his head, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
"Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigators Unit were dispatched to the location.
"What led to the shooting remains under investigation, Fitzgerald said, while detectives continue to review evidence."
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