Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Person Of Interest" Commits Suicide As SWAT Arrives

"LEDBETTER, TX — The shooting of a 19-year-old mother and her 19-month-old in Fayette County is tied to a standoff where the suspect died of an apparent suicide Monday in Austin, deputies said. The Texas Rangers were called to investigate after a 19-year-old woman was found dead Monday in a home along U.S. Highway 290 near Ledbetter in Fayette County. A 19-month-old child was rushed to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin for treatment of a head wound.

"Deputies say they got a 911 call Monday saying a woman and child were lying in blood on the floor of a home. Deputies identified the woman as Justice Martinez. They believe she died as the result of a gunshot wound.

"Fayette County Deputies say they then identified a person of interest who lived in Austin and notified police. Officers went to the man’s address, where he refused to come out. A SWAT team was called in to negotiate, but police say he killed himself instead. Police identified the dead man as Deandre Rashad L. Owens.

"Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the shooting. An autopsy has been ordered for Martinez.

"[Court records show] Martinez had an emergency protection order filed on Jan. 21 against a 25-year-old Owens, but it expired on March 21. Records indicate Martinez did not apply for a permanent protective order after the emergency order expired.

"`We don’t have stuff like that happen in this little town,` said Harley Goerlitz, who has lived in Ledbetter his entire life. `I’ve never seen anything like this in Ledbetter. It’s a calm little town; everyone’s friendly.`"


No Motive In Shooting Spree That Leaves Two Dead, Cop Wounded

"ELPASO, TX — El Paso Police believe the two bodies found at separate locations Tuesday are linked to the shooting of an El Paso Police officer in the Lower Valley Monday night.

"Police say they believe the man, whose identity has not been released, shot the officer last night, then allegedly killed the woman in the home, and then committed suicide.

"Police have not given a motive for the killings or for the shooting of the officer.

"`There's no indication whatsoever, at this point, that the suspect even knew the officer individually,` El Paso Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Mears said. `In fact, what I'm trying to say is we believe at this point that he was targeting an officer, not a specific officer.`

"Police say the man was in a passing car when he shot the officer just before 9 p.m. Monday in the 8100 block of North Loop, near Yarbrough.

"The officer was conducting a traffic stop.

"Witnesses said they saw the car drive past the officer and heard four gunshots.

"The officer, whose name has not been released, is in stable condition at an El Paso hospital.

"`I was sitting down with my girlfriend and we just heard a really loud bang,` said witness Bryan Torres, who lives near a home on the 1200 block of Sal Rasura. That's where police found the woman's body around 5 a.m. Her name has not been released.

"Hours later, around 9:30 a.m., police responded to a call on the 9400 block of Alameda where a body was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"`I heard knocking behind our doors where it leads to the alley and I didn't respond or anything to it,` said an employee who works the business in front of where the body was found. `I just ignored it because I didn't want to open it for my security.`

"She said she believes the knocking on her door was that of the garbage man, who initially found the body behind the dumpster.

"`He's a suspect. He committed suicide,` Mears said of the man who allegedly shot the officer and killed the woman. `You're not a victim of suicide. And we believe he's a suspect in a murder, and possibly, in an attempted capital murder of a police officer. So, I wouldn't call him a victim. I can tell you he's a Hispanic male in his 30s.`"


Bodies Found After SWAT Standoff

"JASPER, AL — Two people are dead in the McCollum community following what officials from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office believe was a murder/suicide.

"Interim Sheriff James Painter said the department received a phone call that there was an issue at a residence on Rufus Tubbs Road, just outside Jasper. The report said shots had been fired and reported that the male resident was holding his wife hostage at gunpoint and threatening to kill her and himself.

"Painter said his office attempted to contact the man to begin negotiations, but were unable to make contact. He said they later learned the phones inside the home had been shot.

"At approximately 11 p.m. Sunday, Painter said the county’s SWAT team assembled at the residence.

"`We devised a plan to surround the house and find out what was going on,` Painter said.

"When the SWAT team was unable to detect any movement or make any contact, they entered the residence and found the bodies of the husband and wife.

"Painter said the department will continue to investigate the incident, but it does appear to be a murder/suicide."


Couple With Violent Past Found Dead On Street

"BUFFALO, NY — A couple with a long history of domestic violence were found shot to death in the middle of an Allentown street this morning apparent victims of a murder/suicide, Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said.

"Police believe the man and woman were recently married, but had a long-standing relationship that was marked by repeated incidents of domestic violence.

"The bodies of the man and woman believed to be in their mid-40s were lying in the street when police arrived at 49 College St. at approximately 7:40 a.m., Derenda said during a late morning press conference outside Buffalo Police Headquarters on Franklin Street.

"Police were called to the same address late last night on a report of domestic violence, Derenda confirmed.

"`The suspect was gone at the time,` Derenda said. `He apparently returned this morning after being told the female was going back to Florida. We believe he killed her and then himself. It appears they moved up here a short time ago.`

"`It appears the officers did everything they needed to do,` Derenda said. `This was a long-standing relationship with a long history of domestic violence. It appears she stayed with him for whatever reason. I believe there’s an order of protection on him out of Tennessee.`

"The shooting occurred in front of the one-and-a-half story white clapboard house that the couple rented on College, neighbors said.

"They were married not too long ago, said police officials, who have not released the names of the dead.

"Derenda said the couple had a long history of domestic disturbances when they lived in Florida and Tennessee."


Argument In Hospital Parking Lot Leaves Two Dead

"LANSING, MI — A domestic dispute in a hospital parking lot left two people from Lansing dead Tuesday morning.

"Police are calling the incident a murder/suicide. They said Johnnie Conner Jr., a 44-year-old Lansing man, killed Bessie Saline Rodriguez, a 43-year-old Lansing woman, shortly after 7 a.m. and then killed himself in a rear parking lot at McLaren Greater Lansing's orthopedic hospital off South Pennsylvania Avenue. Police recovered a firearm at the scene.

"Rodriguez worked at the hospital.

"Few other details were released, such as the relationship between the two or what sparked the domestic incident. But Lansing police Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said more information may be released Wednesday.

"`Detectives are still trying to work through some things,` Merritt said Tuesday afternoon. Earlier, he said police are not looking for other suspects.

"`We're confident that we have all accounted parties involved,` he said.

"Police were called just after 7 a.m. and found both individuals unresponsive in the parking lot. Conner was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman died later at another local hospital."