Thursday, November 27, 2014
"OREGON CITY, OR — A woman was killed in what police believe was a murder/suicide attempt by her husband.
"Police were called to 15970 Swan Avenue near Thurman Street in Oregon City at around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.
"Callers reported two people on the ground in a driveway.
"Officers arrived to find a 32-year-old woman and 38-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. They were both taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.
"Investigators identified the pair as husband and wife.
"Police confirmed that Rebekka Johnson died early Wednesday morning from gunshot wounds. Her husband's condition was not known Wednesday.
"Oregon City Police detectives and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are investigating. "
"TOLDEO, OH — Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting today in Sylvania Township as an attempted murder/suicide.
"David A. Eckhardt, 43, of 7160 Regents Park Blvd., shot his wife, Melissa Eckhardt, and his father, Richard C. Eckhardt, 71, and then turned the handgun on himself, said Sylvania Township police Det. Jim Rettig. The younger Mr. Eckhardt was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Mrs. Eckhardt and the elder Mr. Eckhardt were injured during the incident, which occurred at the couple’s residence on Regents Park, which is in the St. James Wood community, at about 9:15 a.m. The man’s mother was also at the house at the time of the shootings but was not injured herself, Detective Rettig said.
"One of the victims was taken to ProMedica Toledo Hospital, according to the Lucas County EMS. Their conditions have not been released.
"Detective Rettig said Mr. Eckhardt’s parents did not live in the home. He did not say why they were at the residence.
"The detective said the motive involved marital issues. He was checking into a report that police were called to the residence for an incident on Monday."
From the Toldeo Blade...
"PUYALLUP, WA — Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a possible murder/suicide after a 58-year-old man and his 6-year-old daughter were found dead Tuesday in an apartment.
"According to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department detective Ed Troyer, a resident in the 17700 block of 85th Avenue Ct. East called police to report his neighbor was possibly suicidal Monday night, and not responding to knocks on his door Tuesday morning.
"Sheriff’s deputies called to the scene found the body of the man and the young girl.
"The man was going to be evicted from his apartment Tuesday morning, according to investigators. Neighbors saw him packing up his belongings into his SUV Monday night.
"`We believe this happened either really late last night or really early this morning and there wouldn’t have been anything anyone could do. There was no weapon used, it was quiet, and there wouldn’t have been any other way to intervene,` said Troyer.
"Investigators believe the little girl’s mother lives out of state."
"DIBOLL, TX — Diboll Police officers are investigating the death of a man and his wife whose bodies were found at a home on 1315 Glass Street Tuesday morning. Authorities believe that the deaths were possibly a double suicide or a murder/suicide.
"Steve Baker, the interim chief of the Diboll Police Department, said that the couple has been identified as William Guy Treadway, 86, and Velma Beauchamp Treadway, 73.
"The initial 911 call came in at 9:47 Tuesday, Baker said. The interim chief said that a family member of the couple said that they were concerned that their father had picked their mother up from the Trinity Mission nursing home and had made statements that they might hurt themselves.
"When the Diboll Police Department arrived at the scene, they tried to call into the house, but they got no response, Baker said. As a result, the officers made a forced entry into the home, and found William and Velma Treadway's bodies inside. Both people had apparent gunshot wounds, Baker said.
"Investigators quickly secured the scene, and autopsies have been ordered, Baker said.
"Baker said even though the case is still under investigation at this time, it could be a double suicide or a murder/suicide.
"`This isn't the kind of thing you think of on a morning like this,` Baker said. `It's tragic and the family members were actually on their way to visit and it's very tragic for them and we are very sorry for their loss. We know it's going to be tough for them now that it is the holidays.`"
"OAKLAND, CA — An 86-year-old man fatally shot his 72-year-old wife and then himself in an apparent murder/suicide sometime on Monday in the couple's Broadway Terrace home, police said.
"The couple, identified as Mike and Jackie Fitzgerald, were found about 8 p.m. Monday after a relative asked police to do a well-being check.
"Police forced their way into the residence on 6210 Broadway Terrace, near Highway 13, and found the couple both dead from gunshot wounds in the living room, Oakland police Sgt. Michael Cardoza said Tuesday.
"Cardoza said no notes were found and police are trying to establish a motive for the shootings. He said Mike Fitzgerald may have had some health issues.
"Police have classified the deaths as a murder and suicide, Cardoza said.
"Police said the couple had been married 25 years and had lived in the house for many years.
"They were last seen alive Sunday and seemed in good spirits police were told.
"Police said a relative tried to call them numerous times on Monday and when that was unsuccessful went to the home. Police were called when the relative could not get in."