Tuesday, November 30, 2010
"NEPTUNE BEACH, FL — Two men are dead after a SWAT team broke into a First Street home to find a man fatally shot in the stomach.
"Another man, who was removed from the scene earlier and taken to the hospital in serious condition, died during surgery.
"Police said it was a premeditated murder-suicide indicated by a found a note in the house. The two men are possibly related by marriage, but no names or ages have been released.
"According to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, police were called to the scene this afternoon following a report of multiple shots fired at the intersection of First and Bowles streets.
"The shooting sparked a standoff at a house. Eventually, the man who died in surgery was removed from the house and taken by Baptist hospital's Life Flight helicopter to the hospital.
"A SWAT team entered the home using flash bangs around 6 p.m. and by throwing a phone through the window. They found the man on the couch with a gunshot wound to the stomach."
"DOOMS, VA — The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office reported that a man killed his common-law wife Monday at their home on Sandy Ridge Road in Dooms before turning the gun on himself.
"Both were 47 years old, according to Investigator Brian Jenkins of the sheriff’s office. The couple had been together for about 20 years, he said.
"Jenkins said a co-worker of the deceased woman became concerned Monday after she failed to show for work, and said she contacted the sheriff’s office about a welfare check.
"Jenkins said the woman’s body was found on a couch inside a mobile home at 336 Sandy Ridge Road. In a chair next to the couch, authorities found the body of her partner.
"`The investigation revealed she was asleep on the couch and he shot her once. Then he utilized the weapon on himself,` Jenkins said.
"Both were shot in the head with a rifle.
"The unidentified man and woman were last seen alive late Saturday night. Jenkins said authorities had not been called to the home in the past for any domestic problems, but said the investigation into the murder-suicide revealed the couple was `going through some issues.`
"The sheriff’s office has refused to release the name of the alleged shooter.
"`We don’t release suicide names,` said Capt. Hanger."
"BONNE TERRE, MO — Police are investigating an apparent triple-murder and suicide at a duplex in St. Francois County.
"The motive remained unclear this afternoon, authorities said.
"Authorities said the victims were a woman, 37, found in a bedroom; another woman, 19, found in an SUV; and a man, 32, found in a doorway in the home. Two were dead when authorities arrived. One of the women died later at a nearby health center.
"Another man, 25, was apparently the gunman. He fatally shot himself in the woods near the apartment complex.
"The shooting happened at a duplex on Boulder Creek Road, next to Parkland Health Center....
"Two boys found unhurt are in the custody of Children's Services... They were ages 3 years old and 18 months."
UPDATE:12/01/2010 — Body of possible fifth victim found...
"CHARTER OAK, CA — A man and woman were found dead Monday in Charter Oak in what homicide investigators said appears to be a murder-suicide.
"Deputies responded to a house in the 5000 block of Jenifer Avenue at 5:19 p.m. for a `suspicious circumstances` call, Sheriff's Homicide Lt. Don Slawson said.
"Inside the home, deputies discovered a dead man and woman, believed to be a couple that lived inside the home, Slawson said.
"Officials had not yet released the names of those deceased because they were awaiting notification of family members.
"The man had suffered a fatal gunshot wound, Slawson said.
"A handgun was found in the `proximity` of the body, Slawson said.
"Investigators had yet to determine the woman's cause of death, but she may have also been killed by a gunshot, Slawson said.
"`We still don't know,` he said.
"A medical examiner from the coroner's department had yet to inspect the bodies late Monday.
"A friend of one of the people who was found dead called police, Slawson said.
"`A friend received a phone call from one of the occupants (of the house) who said call the police,` Slawson said.
"The friend went to the home and waited outside for deputies, Slawson said.
"Slawson said investigators had yet to interview the friend or establish a possible motive for the probable murder-suicide."
Monday, November 29, 2010
"BASTROP, TX — The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office has determined that the deaths of a Bastrop man and his stepson were a result of a murder-suicide.
"Bastrop County Dispatch responded to a 911 on Thanksgiving Day for a suicide and possible missing child at 217 Pine Tree Loop in Bastrop. When investigators arrived they found 40-year-old Jason Ackley and two-year-old Hunter James Stephens both dead from gunshot wounds.
"Following an autopsy performed on Nov. 26, the Travis County Medical Examinder determined Ackly killed himself after shooting the child."
"LUCAMA, NC — Wilson County deputies found two people shot to death inside the pool house at a Lucama residence Sunday morning in what authorities said Monday could be a murder-suicide.
"The deputies went to 8235 Spring Hill Church Road shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday to check on the well-being of Robert Laythe, 47, of Wisconsin. Authorities said Laythe's family owns the residence.
"After talking with neighbors, deputies determined that a red Honda CRV parked in the yard of the home didn't belong there, authorities said. The deputies went into the home and pool house and found Laythe and Angela Miller, 46, of Bridgers Street in Morehead City, dead inside the pool house.
"Investigators were still trying to determine Monday whether the deaths were a murder-suicide or two suicides, authorities said."
"GREENFIELD, MA — Investigators are probing what appears to be a murder-suicide by gunfire that took the lives of a Devens Street couple Sunday night.
"Renee L. Steese, first district attorney in the Northwestern District Attorney’s office said a 911 caller summoned police to 77 Devens St. shortly before 9:30 p.m.
"The victims, Anthony L. Wallace, 46, and Karen E. Preston, 50, dead at the scene, were discovered in two separate areas upstairs, Reese said. Preston had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and Wallace suffered one, Steese said.
"`At this point in appears to be a murder-suicide,` Steese said, adding that several firearms were recovered from the home.
"The couple, described as Steese as a boyfriend and girlfriend, lived at 77 Devens St. Investigators have learned that the couple had been arguing earlier in the evening, she said.
"Wallace and Preston had been alone in the home when the shootings occurred, Steese said."
"LIVE OAK, FL — Investigators with the state fire marshal’s office on Monday found the gun they believe was used in an attempted murder-suicide that left former SHS principal Clyde Sperring hospitalized and his wife dead.
"The small caliber handgun was located around 10 a.m. in the living room of the US 129 South home, near a body presumed to be that of Sperring’s wife, Beth.
"Cameron said an autopsy had not been completed, but believes it to be that of Beth Sperring.
"The body was burned beyond recognition in the fire that began at about 10 p.m. Saturday, soon after the shooting, authorities believe.
"The investigation continues, but Cameron said he believes that Beth Sperring, 59, shot Clyde Sperring, 60, twice, then used an accelerant to start the fire before taking her own life. Cameron said the body was found sitting on a sofa in the living room.
"Clyde Sperring, who called 911, was found by sheriff’s deputies in a bedroom located next to the living room.
"Deputies and a family friend broke out a bedroom window and found him covered with some sort of blanket to protect himself from the smoke and flames, Cameron said. He said the heat and smoke were so intense that his deputies had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
"Beth Sperring worked at Shands Live Oak and the Suwannee County Health Department before that. Those close to the situation said that Beth Sperring had placed several dogs inside a vehicle on the property with a note asking that they be taken care of. Cameron confirmed that there were dogs found inside a vehicle and that there were `what I believe to be written plans.`"
From the Suwannee Democrat...
"DELTONA, FL — Volusia County deputy sheriffs said two men and a woman were killed in an apparent murder-suicide shooting on the back porch of a home in the Stone Island community near Deltona.
"Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said a young girl also was inside the home on 478 Sunset Road at the time of the shooting. She was not injured.
"`The shooter is believed to be among the victims,` Davidson said.
"Records at the Volusia County Property Appraiser's Office list Philip T. Spinney as the homeowner.
"Investigators have not released the identities of the victims or their relationships.
"Davidson said the minor, whose age was not released, is at the Volusia County Sheriff's Office with deputies and officials with the Florida Department of Children and Families.
"Reports show a neighbor called 911 just before 8:15 a.m. to report she heard gunfire while she walking her dog."
Source: Orlando Sentinel...
Sunday, November 28, 2010
"DETROIT, MI — Detroit police are investigating a possible murder-suicide shooting at an upscale apartment complex near downtown Detroit.
"Investigators told Local 4 two men were shot and killed before the gunman shot himself around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
"The incident happened at an apartment complex on Joliet Place in Lafayette Park near downtown Detroit.
"Police said a verbal confrontation between neighbors escalated into the shootings.
"Police said a 27-year-old suspect shot and killed a 42-year-old man outside his apartment, then went inside and shot a man in his early 60s, then took his own life.
Neighbors identified the first victim as Kevin Johnson, a local documentary film producer.
"Witnesses said Johnson was hosting a holiday gathering with his wife, daughter and friends when an argument with the suspect started.
"Witnesses said they heard screams and five to 10 gunshots.
"Police said they found the suspect dead in his apartment with a weapon next to his hand.
"Investigators said they’re working to determine a motive for the murders."
Saturday, November 27, 2010
"DELANO, CA — Two people are dead following an apparent murder-suicide discovered Friday in a Tulare County orchard, sheriff's officials said.
"Authorities identified the two as Victor Mota, 19, and Vanessa Majarro, 23. Their bodies—along with a live infant—were found inside a vehicle about 6 p.m. in an orchard near Road 148 and County Line Road outside Delano.
"The child was taken by ambulance to a Delano hospital, where she was treated and released to family members, reports said.
"According to a Sheriff's Department news release, each adult had a single gunshot wound. Mota apparently shot Majarro and then turned the gun on himself, officials said. A handgun was found in the vehicle.
"The two adults and infant were last seen by family members about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, reports said. Authorities aren't sure how long they were in the orchard, but believe it was several hours before they were discovered."
Source: Fresno Bee...
"REMUS, MI — Mecosta County sheriff's officials say a man wanted in the killing of a woman in Grand Rapids has been found dead from a self-inflicted stab wound.
"The sheriff's department tells the Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant on Thursday that Sean McLafferty was found the night before in a hunting cabin four miles southwest of Remus.
"The 32-year-old McLafferty was wanted in the slaying of 34-year-old Kristie Rae Purcey.
"The Grand Rapids Press reports Purcey's body was discovered Monday inside a garage at an apartment rented by McLafferty.
"The newspaper says the relationship between McLafferty and Purcey was unclear.
"Both were divorcing their spouses, and McLafferty once supervised Purcey when each worked at Amway."
From The Chicago Tribune...
Friday, November 26, 2010
"MEMPHIS, TN — A gunman who held three women at gunpoint Thanksgiving night shot one to death as she attempted to flee after her father arrived at in an apartment complex near Interstate 40 and Whitten, Memphis police said.
"The father also died, although the cause of his death is not clear, and police discovered the gunman dead in the apartment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The 56-year-old father and his 22-year-old daughter died outside an apartment building at 6633 Rainbrook in the Greenbrook apartment community, near Macon between Sycamore View and Whitten roads.
"Memphis police said in a statement Friday that the identities of the victims and of the dead suspect would not be released at that point.
"About 10:40 p.m., police responded to a report of a shooting that shattered the holiday on Rainbrook, one of many similar lanes of two-story apartment complexes in the large, tree-studded Greenbrook community.
"According to a preliminary investigation, police said the gunman had held the 22-year-old woman and two others, ages 22 and 24, inside the women’s apartment.
"After the father arrived, his daughter ran from the second-story apartment, according to police. The man gave chase, firing shots that killed the her.
"The father also died on the walkway outside the apartments, but because of a heart condition, the cause of his death will be determined by the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office, police said.
"While the gunman temporarily left the apartment to chase the woman he killed, the two remaining women in the apartment escaped through a second-story bedroom window and were not injured, police said.
"The man returned to the apartment after the shooting. Police found a large crowd gathered around the father and daughter, who died on the scene."
From The Commercial Appeal...
"LEBANAON, MO — Police in Lebanon are investigating an double-murder suicide.
"Officers responded to a home on 1062 North Adams Thursday night to find three people dead: A 28-year-old woman, her five-year-old daughter, and five-month-old son.
"The woman's cause of death appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The cause of her children's death has not been determined.
"The names of the victims have not been released."
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
"ARLINGTON, TX — An Arlington man has died after he and his wife were shot in an apparent murder-suicide at their home.
"Alfonso Herrera, 51, died Tuesday afternoon at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head.
"His wife, Henrietta Herrera, died the night before at the couple’s home on 4118 Stonewick Drive. She, too, was shot in the head, and her death was ruled a homicide.
"Arlington police said they have been called to the home before for domestic disturbances."
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
"LAS VEGAS, NV — Metro Police said a man apparently committed suicide early this morning by jumping in front of a car about an hour after police found his girlfriend stabbed to death in the southwest valley.
"Police responded about midnight to an apartment complex in the 5700 block of West Tropicana Avenue, where they found a woman dead from multiple stab wounds.
"About 1 a.m., the woman's boyfriend parked his cab along U.S. 95 near College Drive in Henderson and jumped in front of another vehicle on the highway, police said. He died at an area hospital, authorities said.
"Investigators are calling the incident an apparent murder-suicide. Police said the stabbing victim and the man were dating and had been living together for a year-and-a-half.
"The Clark County Coroner's Office will release their identities pending notification of family."
From The Las Vegas Sun...
"DAYTON, OH — An argument between two brothers turned into a murder-suicide Tuesday in front of other family members, Dayton police said.
"The brothers, who police did not immediately identify, lived together at 2900 Millicent Avenue. Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, they got into an argument.
"The brothers walked into the back yard of the home. That’s where one brother shot and killed the other with a semi-automatic handgun, then shot himself in the head in front of horrified family members, according to Lt. Robert Chabali.
"The brothers were both in their mid to late 20s and lived in the house. They had a history of disputes between them, Chabali said.
"Shante Jones, whose son knows one of the family members, said, `This is shocking. It’s always quiet over there.`"
Source: Dayton Daily News...
"LYNNFIELD, MA — A man shot and killed his pregnant girlfriend and her sister before killing himself Monday night in Lynnfield, according to police.
"Officials believe that Joseph Cummings shot his girlfriend, Kimberly Nguyen, 35, and her sister Lilly Nguyen, 29, after a domestic dispute inside a house on Ledge Road around 10 p.m.
"Kimberly Nguyen’s 12-year-old daughter fled to a neighbor’s home and called 911.
"When police arrived, they found the Kimberly Nguyen’s body in a second floor bedroom, Lilly Nguyen’s body was discovered outside.
"Kimberly Nguyen was reportedly six months pregnant with Cummings’ child.
"Neighbors said they were shocked to hear the gunshots in the neighborhood.
"`I was in my room studying and I heard these three loud bangs, like three or four. I thought it was gunshots, but then I was like, Lynnfield? No. But apparently it was gunshots,` said Amber Burtman.
"`It’s devastating. I just want to cry. It’s just so sad. Knowing that my son knows them, or my girls – they’re neighbors,` said Kim Burtman.
"State police are on the scene assisting Lynnfield police in the investigation."
Monday, November 22, 2010
"LAKE CHARLES, LA — Authorities are investigating what they say is an apparent murder-suicide that happened on Monday afternoon
"The incident reportedly happened at a home on Glenlea Street in south Lake Charles.
"Sheriff's deputies were called to the home around 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon after an employer called authorities because one of his employees had not shown up for work.
"Officials have identified the victims as 43-year-old David and 43-year-old Melissa Hoffpauir.
"Investigators say they believe David Hoffpauir shot and killed his ex-wife Melissa, then turned the gun on himself.
"Investigators also say that the last time anyone spoke to David Hoffpauir appears to be around 9:30 Sunday night.
"Authorities continue their investigation."
"LINCOLNTON, GA — The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into the shooting death of a Lincoln County couple.
"Investigators are now calling it a domestic dispute; they say 53-year-old Christopher Holloway shot and killed his 37-year-old wife, Pamela, before turning the gun on himself.
"A family member discovered the couple inside their Lincolnton home around 7:54 Monday morning. That family member then called the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, who later called in the GBI to help with the investigation.
"Sheriff Gerald Lawson of Lincoln County says this is the county's first murder since 2005.
"`This is a very peaceful area, this is very unique to our county,` he says. `The county is still safe and everyone should continue with our lives.`"
"SUMMIT TWP, MI — Jackson County sheriff’s deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide since they found this morning a 29-year-old woman and her 35-year-old husband dead in their Summit Township home.
"It appears the man killed the woman and then killed himself, according to a statement released this morning by the sheriff’s office.
"Deputies were called about midnight today to the 300 block of Hillside Avenue, west of Francis Street and just outside the Jackson city limits. The woman had not shown up for work and police were asked to check her welfare.
"`No further details are being released at this time,` according to the statement.
"Neighbors said police were outside 330 Hillside Avenue early today. It was the second time police had been to the house in about the last week, they said.
"`That's really too bad. You hate to see that,` Larry Zakrzewski said of the deaths. He lives across the street from the home. Neither he nor some others who live nearby knew the couple."
Sunday, November 21, 2010
"ESTILL COUNTY, KY — Authorities say when they arrived at a home on Meadows Lane Sunday afternoon, they found two people dead of an apparent murder-suicide.
"`I just seen a police car rolled in here,` said neighbor Billy Rogers.
"He and his other neighbors along Meadows Lane knew something was wrong when law enforcement arrived at the home at the end of the road.
"Authorities say two people were found dead inside, but they are not releasing any names until their families are notified, or any other details about the case.
"However neighbors say the home was occupied by a middle-aged couple.
"`They was good neighbors when they first moved in,` said Rogers.
"Rogers says he didn't know the couple very well, but that they had recently separated.
"`They got to having problems - she went her way, he went his, she came over to get her clothes that's when all this happened..can't believe it happened in this community,` said Rogers.
"He says it's an awful thing to happen in their peaceful neighborhood.
"`Normally it's real quiet,` said Rogers, `I hate it that it happened.`
"Kentucky State Police are investigating the incident."
"NEW ORLEANS, LA — A Gentilly husband and wife who were well-known in the community died in their house Sunday morning from what police believe to be a murder-suicide.
"Relatives found Alfred, 66, and Clara Anderson, 55, in the 3300 block of Marigny Street around 8 a.m. Clara Anderson was lying on the floor of the bathroom with stab wounds, and Alfred Anderson had hanged himself, police said.
"According to police investigators, a relative had been staying with the Andersons and saw them get into a fight the morning of their death. The relative left the house, but returned shortly to find that Alfred Anderson had committed suicide and Clara Anderson had been stabbed to death. Emergency Medical Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced the victims dead.
"New Orleans Police Department spokesman Officer Garry Flot said police investigators believe Alfred Anderson was the one who stabbed his wife, then killed himself."
"MIAMI BEACH, FL — A North Miami Beach man allegedly shot three of his girlfriend's four kids late Saturday night before killing her and himself yesterday.
"The injured children were airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where they are fighting for their lives in critical condition.
"Police responded to a call about 11:20 p.m. that a child had been shot at a home on NE 151 Terrace. When they arrived, they found a ten-year-old with a gunshot wound, and heard several more shots from inside the home.
"A SWAT team was called, and officers found an injured 14-year-old near the front door. He was whisked to safety as the SWAT team stormed inside, where they found the bodies of an adult male and an adult female.
"They then discovered a 13-year-old suffering from a gunshot would.
"A fourth child, two years old, was shortly found wandering near the home and placed in protective custody.
"Police say the gunman was not the children's biological father, but that he lived in the home with them `as a family.`"
Saturday, November 20, 2010
"PEMBROKE PINES, FL — A mother and daughter were shot dead early Saturday, the daughter an apparent victim of murder-suicide at her mother's hand.
"Dead are Shirley Campos, 49, and Patricia Campos, 11, according to Pembroke Pines Police spokesman Sgt. John Gazano, who speculates the girl was the daughter of Shirley Campos.
"The police answered a call shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday that two people were shot and killed at 19408 SW 64th Street in Pembroke Pines. Both bodies were taken to the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office for the determination of cause of death.
"On Saturday afternoon the ME confirmed that one adult woman had died from an apparent suicide, and one juvenile had died from a gunshot wound."
"FORT VALLEY, GA — A Byron couple is dead in what authorities say is a murder-suicide incident.
"Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks said 54 year-old James Wallace shot and killed his wife Friday afternoon.
"According to Rooks, James Wallace shot his wife, 54 year-old Penny Wallace multiple times at their home located at 260 Summer Breeze Drive.
"Rooks said that police were called to the home at 1:30 p.m. and the couple had died.
"An autopsy is scheduled for Penny Wallace on Monday."
Friday, November 19, 2010
"WESTMONT, IL — Westmont police are investigating the deaths of three people, including a 6-year-old girl, in what appears to be a murder suicide.
"Investigators entered the apartment in the 500 block of West 61st Street shortly after 10 a.m. Friday in response to a well-being check. Three dead bodies were found inside the home, and it appears the victims had suffered gunshot wounds, police say.
The victims were identified as 6-year-old Julia A. Moore, her grandmother Linda E. Brennan, 51, and 50-year-old Mark J. Chapman.
"A weapon was recovered at the scene and there were no signs of forced entry or signs of a struggle inside home, according to police.
"Relatives became worried after Julia hadn't been to school in several days.
"Police say it was not a random act of violence and that only the three residents of the apartment were involved."
"ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A father and his adult son were found shot to death this afternoon in an apartment in northeast St. Petersburg, authorities said.
"The two were found dead at the Granada Gates apartments, 600 76th Ave. N., at roughly 2:30 p.m., said St. Petersburg police spokesman Bill Proffitt.
"Both suffered gunshot wounds to their upper bodies, and a firearm was found inside of the apartment, Proffitt said.
"Police are treating the shootings as a murder-suicide, but stress it is early in the investigation.
"The two men were identified as Alvaro Marin, 58, and Juan Marin, 20.
"Both suffered gunshot wounds to their upper bodies, and a medium-sized revolver was found near one body, Profit said. He said the pair appeared to have been dead for one or two days."
From Tampa Bay Online...
"WESTBOROUGH, MA — A Westborough husband and wife were found dead in their home yesterday, in what authorities are calling an apparent murder-suicide.
"Richard `Todd` Bibart, 43, and Rebecca Bibart, 41, were found in their home on 27 Thomas Newton Drive, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said in a statement. The two were discovered after a neighbor found a note affixed to their front door instructing the Bibarts’ children to stay outside and to call police. At about 4 p.m., Westborough police were called in to perform a well-being check on the family, Early said.
"The couple’s two small children were not at home during the incident, Early said.
"In a phone interview last night, Tim Connolly, a spokesman for the Worcester district attorney, said he did not know exactly how the couple died. Connolly also said it was unclear if the husband or the wife was the instigator of the killings, and his office did not know if a weapon had been found."
UPDATE:02/18/2011 — Deaths by blunt force trauma and cyanide...
Thursday, November 18, 2010
"LAFAYETTE, CO — Lafayette police are investigating a possible murder-suicide after finding two bodies in a garage in the 1500 block of Harvest Drive. Police visited the home at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on a welfare check after a woman living at the residence failed to show up for work.
"Upon arrival, officers founds lights on in the home and observed a TV was on in a second-story room. After unsuccessful attempts to verbally contact anyone inside and banging on the door, officers began looking through windows of the home, police said. When they made their way to the garage, officers noticed condensation on the glass of the garage door. By shining their flashlights into the garage, officers were able to observe a pair of legs protruding from a vehicle inside.
"Officers accessed the garage, which was filled with exhaust fumes. After airing out the room, officers discovered the deceased bodies of an adult woman and a young girl, estimated at 9 or 10 years old, police said. Neither victim has been identified. Police have yet to notify next of kin.
"`At this time, we don't know if it was a murder-suicide or if this was an accident,` Lafayette Police Cmdr. Gene McCausey said, adding that the bright red skin tone of both victims is consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning.
"When officers entered the garage, the vehicle was no longer running. Police said they believe that it ran out of fuel while idling."
UPDATE:11/29/2010 — Questions remain unanswered...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
"GENESEE TOWNSHIP, MI — Police said the incident involving a man and woman found dead in a home this afternoon appeared to be a homicide-suicide.
"Genesee Township police didn’t identify the victims in that incident Monday.
"Lt. John Mullaly said the two were ex-husband and wife. He said one was shot multiple times and the other once. He wouldn't say which did the shooting.
"A family member of the male victim arrived at the home as police were investigating at around 3:30 p.m. He walked up to the caution tape, spoke with police, then dropped down to his knees before being comforted by neighbors.
"Mullaly said the two victims were in their 30s. The man lived at the home. The woman did not.
"`It's being further investigated,` he said. `There was a shotgun involved.`
"Robert Lalonde of Genesee Township was caught by surprise when he saw police and caution tape surrounding the home where the homicide-suicide occurred on 5907 Richfield Road near Genesee Road.
"He rear-ended a police vehicle while driving by the scene.
"He said crime is rare in that neighborhood.
"`It surprised me when I seen this,` said Lalonde, 37, `and I usually drive this way a lot.`"
"WEST ALLIS, WI — West Allis police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide.
"Officers said they were called to the 2200 block of South 62nd Street at about 4:09 p.m. in response to a shooting.
"Police said they found 27-year-old Matthew Krejci, of Milwaukee, and a 23-year-old Grace Krejci, of West Allis, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
"Detectives said the victims were found in a bathroom.
"Police said a 3-year-old child was found in the home unharmed. Officers said the child was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
"Detectives said the victims were married and had a child in common.
"Police said the woman had taken a restraining order out against the man in the past, but it expired March 22.
"Officers said the man had been arrested for a restraining order violation on March 8 by West Allis police and was charged by the Milwaukee District Attorney's Office."
Monday, November 15, 2010
"GREAT FALLS, MT — The Great Falls Police Department concluded that the deaths of Don and Shelly Mahoney Thursday night were the result of a murder-suicide.
"The scene investigation and the results of autopsies performed on both bodies determined that Don Mahoney shot his wife, Shelly Mahoney, with a shotgun before shooting himself. Police officially closed the investigation.
"Police were called to the Mahoney residence [possibly here] Thursday night after a family member reported a domestic disturbance. Police arrived to find the husband and wife dead in a bedroom.
"Don Mahoney was the maintenance squad commander for the Montana Air National Guard, and Shelly Mahoney was a fourth-grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School."
"BLOOMINGDALE, IL — For the second time in as many weeks [see here], Bloomingdale police are investigating a possible murder/suicide.
"About noon Monday police responded to a death investigation at a townhome in the 100 block of Springbrook Drive. Upon arrival, officers found dead an 88-year-old woman and 58-year-old man in what appeared to be a murder/suicide.
"Police are awaiting both autopsy and toxicology reports.
"The victims’ names are not being released at this time nor their cause of death.
"Police said it appears to be a mother and son."
"KELSYVILLE, CA — A Kelseyville man apparently shot and killed his wife, then himself late Sunday night, reported Lake County sheriff’s officials Monday.
"The man called 911 at 11:10 p.m. to say he’d just shot his wife and was planning to shoot himself, Capt. Jim Bauman reported.
"Deputies rushed to the Highway 175 home, Bauman said. They tried to call the man to come out of the home but received no answer.
"Deputies approached the house and through a bedroom window could see a man and woman, both bloody, lying on a bed.
"The woman appeared to be deceased but deputies could see the man was moving. He was taken to a Lake County hospital but later died.
"The woman was declared dead at the crime scene.
"Deputies found a rifle by the bed.
"The names of the couple weren’t released Monday, pending notification of family members.
"A motive for the shooting remained under investigation.
"Sheriff’s detectives and crime scene technicians worked at the house throughout the night. Bauman said the deaths appear to be a murder and a suicide."
Sunday, November 14, 2010
"SILOAM, GA — Authorities say a gunman who was the likely target of an investigation shot and killed a 48-year-old Greene County sheriff's deputy at his home [on Hickory Street] and then turned the gun on himself.
"Greene County Sheriff Chris Houston said Kevin Roberts, the county's chief deputy, was shot and killed Sunday morning by a gunman who knocked on his door. He said the suspect, whose name was not released, then fatally shot himself.
"The sheriff said the gunman was likely the target of an ongoing undercover drug investigation, but he said Roberts wasn't involved in the probe.
"The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and several other agencies are investigating."
"FOREST, IN — Clinton County authorities are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide.
"According to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, as officers executed a search warrant at a residence they found two people in separate parts of the home, both with gunshot wounds.
"A Clinton County detective tells us they found an adult male dead in a home at 6174 County Road 930 East near Forest, Indiana and an adult female who was injured but is still alive. She was transported to a nearby hospital. Investigators have not notified family members so they are not releasing the names. Forest is in the northeast corner of Clinton County, just southwest of Russiaville.
"The sheriff's department is still investigating the case."
"BARSTOW, TX — Investigators are confirming that they are working a murder-suicide case.
"The Ward County Chief Deputy confirms tonight that both Joel and his wife Mary Bell Martinez were shot dead.
"Authorities say they were called to the scene at 2:30 this afternoon to 508 Brant Ave. where they found each dead of an apparent gunshot wounds.
"Joel was a volunteer fire fighter for Barstow.
"They leave behind two daughters.
"The bodies have been sent to Lubbock for further analysis to confirm who was shot first.
"Investigators are hoping the autopsy will confirm whom was shot first."
Saturday, November 13, 2010
"ERIE, PA — Shortly before 11 o'clock Saturday morning, Erie police were called to this home at 601 East 10th street to check on the welfare of those inside. After arriving, they forced their way into the home and uncovered a deadly scene.
"Four bodies were found in the kitchen of the home; a 29-year-old male, a 27-year-old female and the two daughters of the female, ages seven and four. All died of gun shot wounds.
"Erie Deputy Coroner Dennis Suschek pronounced all four dead at 12:04 p.m. and also reported the 2-year-old son of the mother was also in the house at the time the shootings occurred.
"`To my understanding there was a 2-year-old boy transported to Hamot with an unknown injury,` Suschek said.
"Erie police have confirmed the boy is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
"Erie detectives and officers were at the scene for several hours collecting evidence and have yet to make an official ruling. They are, however, investigating it as a murder-suicide...
"`I was upstairs and I was trying to put my baby to sleep. And at 10:30 we heard gunshots but we thought nothing of it. She was nice to me. They were a happy family, never seen them argue or nothing,` said Olivia Shultz, a neighbor."
Friday, November 12, 2010
"HOUSTON, TX — Police are investigating the deaths of two people in a possible murder suicide at a home in west Houston this morning.
"The victims were discovered inside the home in the 14500 block of Chadbourne near Dairy Ashford about 9:20 a.m., police said.
"Police said the people, whose name have not been released, died at the home. No other injuries were reported.
"Officers responding to an emergency call about a shooting in progress at the home discovered the bodies inside.
"No other information was immediately available."
UPDATE:11/15/2010 — Initial findings indicate murder/suicide...
"WALTHAM, MA — Two bodies were found on Coolidge Avenue, Waltham in what is an apparent murder-suicide, officials report.
"No details have been released by the Waltham Police or Middlesex District Attorney's office regarding the incident, but police communications this afternoon reported a shooting on Coolidge Avenue.
"Mayor Jeannette McCarthy told the Waltham News Tribune it was a murder-suicide.
"Claire Dallaire, a neighbor who lives at 42 Coolidge Ave., said the incident happened at 39 Coolidge Avenue, in the northern part of the city.
"Dallaire said the home belongs to Mike and Cindy Coutoumas. Police have not confirmed whether the Coutoumases are involved in the incident. A woman Dallaire identified as Mike Coutoumas' sister was rushed into the house by police at about 4:30 p.m. Friday.
"Access to houses adjacent to that address were blocked off Friday afternoon as state and Waltham Police investigated.
"A spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone's office said the DA has not yet confirmed any details regarding the incident."
Thursday, November 11, 2010
"HOUSTON, TX – A husband, distraught over an ongoing divorce and a recent job loss, killed himself and his wife in southwest Houston Wednesday evening, according to Houston police.
"Their bodies were discovered at their home on 12179 Huntington Venture at Dairy Ashford around 5p.m.
"Relatives said the husband lost his job with an oil company almost two months ago and the couple was in the middle of a divorce. The husband told his brother that he was going to commit suicide sometime last week.
"After not hearing from the couple, the concerned brother drove to their home, found them dead and immediately called police.
"Police said it appears the husband beat his wife in the head with a hard object, then hung himself."
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"HAZARD, KY — Kentucky State Police are investigating two eastern Kentucky deaths as a murder-suicide.
"KSP spokesman Tony Watts said in a news release that troopers from the Hazard post responded to a report of shots fired on Tuesday.
"Officers found two people dead inside a home on Squirmy Trail Road in the Middlefork community of Leslie County.
"Authorities identified them as Keith Brock and Kimberly Brock.
"The deaths remain under investigation."
"SMITHS STATION, AL — The Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted murder and suicide at a home near Smith Station High School.
"According to the sheriff's office, the call came in around 7:00 a.m. CST on Wednesday. Deputies are continuing to sort through the details of the incident but do say it was a domestic dispute that happened on Lee Road 728.
"However, the sheriff's office is reassuring parents and residents that students attending the school are not in danger and were not ever in danger."
"CORBIN, KY — A shocking discovery inside a southern Kentucky home.
"Police say they found an elderly couple dead, and investigators think it may have been a murder-suicide.
"Police found 93-year-old Lloyd Walters and 85-year-old Mattie Walters inside their home on 802 West Fifth Street in Corbin Tuesday, after their son and neighbors reported not seeing them for days.
"Investigators say both had been shot.
"Police are still calling this a death investigation for the time being, but they are leaning towards ruling it a murder-suicide.
"The Walters had lived in the house for more than 20 years.
"Neighbors say Mattie Walters' health had recently taken a turn for the worse.
"They say she was showing signs of Dementia or memory loss, and neighbors say caring for her was taking a toll on her husband.
"`He said he was ready for her to go to the nursing home, because he had took care of her as long as he could,` neighbor Edna Monroe said. `She was getting out and walking up the street, and Halloween night she was out on the front porch over there and he couldn't get her in the house.`
"Neighbors say Lloyd Walters recently retired from a grocery business, and Mattie Walters was a retired nurse, and had worked on the Psych Ward at the old Corbin Hospital.
"Neighbors also say while Mattie Walters' health was poor, Lloyd seemed to be in good health."
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
"JOLIET, IL — A man fatally shot his girlfriend as she held the couple’s 16-month-old daughter during an argument early Tuesday.
"Delana V. Croom’s 9-year-old son and his 8-year-old friend then watched in shock as Darrell K. Richardson turned the gun on himself.
"`This is a pretty tragic situation,` police Chief Fred Hayes said. `After such a horrific act of violence (takes place) in front of young children, you can’t imagine what they’re going through.`
"It was shortly before 1 a.m. when shots and commotion brought police to apartment No. 207 at 301 N. Bluff St. The children were `all screaming to the neighbors,` reports said.
"Investigators learned Richardson and Croom, both 24, had been having domestic quarrels recently and Richardson had been sleeping on friends’ couches."
From The Herald-News...
"JOLIET, IL — The Joliet police helped Lockport cops avert what they believed to be a developing murder-suicide when they caught a local man walking home from a west side tavern early Friday.
"After apprehending a 41-year-old man during his short walk from the bar Just One More [Web site] to his home a few doors down on North Raynor Avenue, officers detained him until an ambulance arrived and brought him to an area hospital for an involuntary committal, according to a police report.
"The cops were on the hunt for the man after the Lockport police called Joliet to tell them he was off his medication and threatening to kill his parents and himself, the report said.
"Officers staked out a residence on Cleary Avenue and the house on Raynor Avenue where the man reportedly lives. They apparently spotted the wanted man’s Mitsubishi Eclipse parked at the Raynor Avenue house, then noticed him walking home from Just One More."
From The Herald-News...
"GLADE SPRING, VA — Police in Washington County, Virginia spent the night on the scene of a murder-suicide.
"Washington County, Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman says the incident started in Smyth County when a man kidnapped a woman, then drove away in a green Chevy Tahoe truck.
"Police spotted the truck in Abingdon, and followed it.
"The chase ended in Glade Spring, where officers say the man shot and killed the woman, and then killed himself."
Monday, November 8, 2010
"SPRING, TX — Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide after a woman stabbed her daughter to death and then fatally shot herself at a home in southwest Montgomery County early this morning.
"The stabbing and shooting happened at the home on 3306 Gary Lane in the Timber Lakes subdivision about 2 a.m., according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
"Deputies said Yolanda Facio, 47, was found shot and died at the scene. Her 25-year-old daughter, Delissa Facio, was found stabbed and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands, where she died, deputies added.
"Another of Yolanda Facio's daughters and a 5-month-old boy were at the home at the time, but they were not injured.
"Deputies said they initially received a call about a stabbing at the residence and then received another call about a possible shooting there.
"When deputies arrived they found Delissa Facio lying in the hallway. She had been stabbed in the chest. Then they found her mother, Yolanda Facio, in the master bedroom with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head.
"The other daughter called 911.
"It appears that Yolanda Facio stabbed her daughter and then shot herself, deputies said."
"DOWNEY, CA — Downey police are investigating a possible murder-suicide that took place in the parking lot of an El Pollo Loco restaurant late Sunday night.
"Police received a 911 call Sunday at about 11:55 p.m. regarding a `suspicious incident` in the parking lot of the El Pollo Loco at 14329 Lakewood Blvd.
"When officers arrived, they found an adult female dead inside a red pick-up truck and an adult male dead on the floor beside the truck.
"Police found a handgun lying on the ground next to the man. Both had suffered gunshot wounds, police said.
"Police are not releasing the names of the deceased pending notification of next of kin. The Los Angeles County Coroner is also investigating the incident.
From The Downey Patriot...
"PAGE, VA — Three people are dead in what Buchanan County Sheriff Ray Foster called a double-murder and suicide.
"It happened around 11 a.m. Saturday, at the home of Alvin Sheppard, 1038 Pond View Drive (in the Page area of Buchanan County).
"Dispatch received a call from Sheppard at 11:02 a.m.
"He told deputies he had shot John Mays, 29, and Sandra Keene, 53, to death, Foster said.
"`He wanted us to come and get the bodies,` Foster said.
"Investigators found Mays and Keene in the driveway, and found eight casings from a 9-millimeter handgun around their car.
"`One of them was shot multiple times,` Foster said. He declined to detail their injuries.
"Foster said investigators found Sheppard in the yard outside his home, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.
"`He took his own life,` Foster said.
"Investigators said the shooting followed a custody dispute."
Sunday, November 7, 2010
"LEE COUNTY, FL — Lee County deputies are investigating a possible murder-suicide near Burnt Store Marina.
"Deputies responded to a home on Sunset Key Circle on Saturday night for a well-being check. When deputies arrived, they discovered the bodies of a man and woman inside. At this stage, investigators say the deaths appear to be the result of a murder and suicide. An autopsy is being performed to confirm a cause of death.
"The identities of those killed have not been released."
Source: WINK News...
Saturday, November 6, 2010
"SAN ANGELO, TX — San Angelo Police are investigating a case they're calling homicide, suicide in northeast San Angelo.
"About 6:40 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a call at 124 Northgate Drive to investigate a call about two deceased people, according to a police news release sent about 11:30 p.m.
"Officers found a man and woman, later identified as Arvy Cook Jr., 72, and Ima Cook, 71, dead inside the residence. Police said it appears they died of gunshot wounds.
"A handgun believed to be used in the deaths was recovered at the scene, according to the release.
"Both bodies were sent for autopsies, police said."
"MCKEESPORT, PA — Carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected in the death of an elderly McKeesport couple.
"An autopsy for Leonard and Dolores Koltiska, who were both 85, is planned today to determine the cause and manner of death.
"The couple was found in their home on 1503 Wesley Street on Friday at about 11:30 a.m.
"The husband was located inside a car that had its motor running inside an attached, enclosed garage. He was pronounced dead at 11:36 a.m. at the home, according to a spokesman from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office.
"The wife was located in an upstairs bedroom. She had a pulse and was taken to UPMC McKeesport, where she later died at 12:03 p.m.
"McKeesport police Chief Bryan Washowich said a visiting Meals on Wheels worker called police after arriving at the home and noticing the running vehicle. Washowich said it's believed the car had been running for quite a while.
"Washowich said the husband was in the car with the door closed and was wearing a coat.
"Police and the county Medical Examiner's office are continuing to investigate the deaths."
"FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA — Authorities say a Fountain Valley man who was distraught over a custody dispute shot and killed his wife and 8-year-old daughter, then killed himself.
"Police Capt. Kevin Childe told the Orange County Register that officers late Friday responded to reports of a family fight and arrived to find a woman who had been shot on the pavement outside the home. Then they heard three gunshots inside the home.
"Inside they found the bodies of a 40-year-old man and an 8-year-old girl. They also found several people hiding in a bathroom.
"Authorities have not released the names of the man, woman or child.
"Police say they believe the man was waiting for his soon to be ex-wife to return home. When she pulled into the driveway and got out of the vehicle with their daughter, the former couple began to argue, Childe said.
"Hearing the fight, family members called 911 and pulled the girl inside the house, Childe said. The man apparently shot the woman and then tried to force his way into the residence by kicking through the front door, Childe said.
"He eventually shot a hole through a side window and entered the home.
"As the woman's mother and two male relatives ran out the front door, her father and another female relative hid in a bathroom while the man apparently shot his daughter and then himself, Childe said.
"Neighbor Ed Ahumada was startled by the gunshots.
"`I heard a rapid-fire volley,` he said. `I thought someone was knocking at my door, then I heard another volley and I thought 'There is a shooting somewhere.'`"
Friday, November 5, 2010
"MARTINS FERRY, OH — Two people are confirmed dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Belmont County.
"A woman's body was found at an apartment on North Ninth Street in Martins Ferry just after 9 a.m. Friday.
"A man was found dead on South Sharon Road in Colerain Township.
"Police did not say how the victims died, nor did they release the victims' identities as of 10:45 a.m.
"This marks the second murder-suicide in the N. 9th Street neighborhood. In Sepetember, police said Randy Shrodes shot and killed his wife Amy then turned the gun on himself."
UPDATE:11/06/2010 — Victim died of blunt force trauma...
"DECATUR, AL — Decatur Police say a woman killed in an apparent murder-suicide had just served her husband with divorce papers on Thursday. The victim, Emily Godfrey, was a dispatcher with the E-911 Center in Decatur.
"The shooting happened in the early morning hours at 2018 Jefferson Avenue SW. Police say Steven Godfrey, 38, shot his wife with a handgun and then took his own life. Emily Godfrey was 34 years old, and went by `Beth`.
"Police say a call came in to the E-911 Center at approximately 3:40 a.m. The caller never said anything, but apparently set the phone down. Police quickly went to the home, where they found the man and woman in different parts of the home. Both had already died.
"Two small children were in the home as well. They are now with family members. Police say they aren't sure what the children saw or heard, if anything.
"They continue their investigation."
Thursday, November 4, 2010
"HARTFORD, CT — A man fatally stabbed a woman and then killed himself Wednesday night, police said.
"The `homicide-suicide,` as police are calling it, was a case of domestic violence, Sgt. Dennis O'Connor said Thursday.
"Shortly before 10:30 p.m., police received 911 calls about a woman at 1205 Albany Avenue who was suffering from multiple wounds from `an edged weapon,` said O'Connor, reading from a report. She was transported to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10:57 p.m.
"Meanwhile, police knocked on doors in the neighborhood and found a man who was not breathing outside the Blue Hills Avenue post office at the corner of Woodland Street and Albany Avenue, O'Connor said. The man, who was behind the building, was presumed dead at 12:47 a.m., he said. He apparently hanged himself.
"Police are investigating the deaths separately but concurrently, O'Connor said, because they are believed to be related."
From the Hartford Courant...
UPDATE:11/11/2010 — Killer had already threatened murder...
"OPELOUSAS, LA — Opelousas Police are investigating a murder-suicide. Police Chief Perry Gallow says it was the result of a domestic altercation between a husband and wife.
"Police were called to a home near South Street and Liberty Street at 8:00 Wednesday night for reports of a kidnapping, then moments later a second call came in for shots fired in that same area.
"On arrival police found 32 year old Kristine Lemon suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to Opelousas General Hospital with critical injuries, and died a short time later.
"Police believe the shooter was her estranged-husband, 34 Johnathan Lemon who they say went to his brother's home, a few blocks away in the 300-block of North Market Street, where he shot and killed himself.
"Police say the Lemon's had five children together."
"LINDALE, GA — Family members and police say there was no foreshadowing of the violence that broke out Wednesday afternoon and left two people dead, and two teenage boys without their parents.
"The preliminary investigation indicated that Jeffery Ware shot his wife, Jeannine, 47, during an argument at their Booger Hollow Road home, and then turned the gun on himself, said Capt. Mark Wallace of the Floyd County Police Department.
"Police are still investigating what led to the shooting.
"The woman was holding her 16-year-old son's leg when she was shot in the back and at least twice more, Wallace said.
"The couple's 14-year-old son was also in the home, but it was not clear late Wednesday where he was at the time of the shootings, Wallace said. It was the 14-year-old who called 911, he said.
"The teens were not injured.
"Jeffery Ware was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Barry Henderson. Jeannine Ware was pronounced dead on arrival at Floyd Medical Center at 5:46 p.m., Henderson said."
Source: Rome News-Tribune...
UPDATE:11/05/2010 — "I never thought he would pull a gun on anyone"...
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
"FLORENCE, AZ — A man was found dead in the desert near Gila Bend from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after he shot his wife to death in a church parking lot, Pinal County Sheriff's Office Officer Tim Gaffney said.
"On Tuesday, November 2 at 6:49 p.m., the Pinal County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a citizen who was at the "Christ the Victor" church located at 6173 East Arizona Farms Road, in Florence, Ariz. regarding shots fired. When deputies arrived on scene, they found Jamie Gallegos, 35, dead in the parking lot of the church, according to a news release.
"Evidence showed that Gallegos had been in a physical struggle with another individual prior to being murdered.
"Gallegos had been at the church to take her 7 and 10-year-old sons to karate practice.
"Dominic Donatella, 39, of San Tan Valley, was considered the suspect in the shooting, who is the ex-husband of Gallegos. Donatella was previously arrested on May 28, for domestic violence assault/disorderly conduct, a news release stated.
"The Pinal County Sheriff's Office investigated the murder of Gallegos, discovering that she was killed by Donatella. Following the shooting, Dominic fled the scene in his vehicle.
"His vehicle was located along Interstate 8 near Gila Bend. Donatella was found in the desert area about one mile from his vehicle. Dominic was dead as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Officer Gaffney says."
"BLOOMINGDALE, IN — A 4-year-old girl in northwest suburban Bloomingdale died Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide attempt that happened during a domestic dispute, authorities said.
"The girl's mother, who was found with what appear to be self-inflicted wounds, is recovering at Adventist Glen Oaks Medical Center in Glendale Heights and is considered a suspect in the death, police said.
"Police responded shortly after 1:30 Wednesday afternoon to a call about a domestic situation in a townhouse on the 200 block of Amherst Court in Bloomingdale.
"There, they found the two victims. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The family is from out-of-state and was, according to neighbors, visiting a grandmother who lives in the townhouse.
"The DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force and Bloomingdale Police Department are investigating."
"MESA, AZ — Authorities say two men whose bodies were found near a northeast Mesa gun range likely died from a murder-suicide.
"A passerby found the bodies face-down on Usery Pass Road last Friday and called the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. One man was declared dead on the scene and the other was airlifted to a Scottsdale hospital where he died.
"Investigators say both men died from gunshot wounds.
"The sheriff's office announced Wednesday that the victims have been identified as 22-year-old Alejandro Rafael Meza, of Rio Rico, and 28-year-old Christian Bolanos Garcia.
"Authorities believe Meza and Garcia attacked and stabbed a woman in Scottsdale last Friday morning before fleeing in a car."
"DOWNINGTOWN, PA — Two people are dead from gunshot wounds in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
"Police discovered the bodies of Mary Elizabeth Reck, 20, and her boyfriend, Kevin Smith, 22, around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Jefferson Avenue, said Downingtown Police Chief James McGowan. Police were contacted earlier that day by Reck's father, who told police that she had not returned home after visiting Smith's house the night before, McGowan said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
"When police first checked the residence, they found the doors locked and windows covered, McGowan said, adding that no one answered the door when police knocked.
"Police returned to the residence a half hour later when someone contacted them and said a person was observed lying on the floor of the residence, McGowan said.
"Both were pronounced dead on the scene from gunshot wounds. Police found a semi-automatic handgun in the residence which police have confirmed was legally registered to Smith.
"Reck was found with five gunshot wounds and Smith with one. Police believe Smith shot Reck, of the 1100 block of West Chester Pike, and then shot himself in the head, McGowan said. It is unknown why Smith shot Reck, McGowan said, and police are still working to establish a timeframe for the deaths. McGowan said police had no contact with either party in the past, and police were never before summoned to the residence.
"Reck and Smith had been dating for some time, McGowan said, though he could not offer specifics."
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
"SHERMAN, TX — Three men were shot and killed Monday at the Eastside Garden Apartment Complex. The first 911 call came in at 1:11 p.m. When Sherman police arrived, they found three men had been shot inside one of the apartments.
"Sherman police Sgt. Bruce Dawsey said that they found two of the men inside the apartment dead and a third man still alive. A family member said the third man died at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He was flown to Parkland Hospital on Monday.
"The case is tentatively being called and investigated as a murder/suicide, Dawsey said. He added that the suspected perpetrator was one of the two who was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Several neighbors said only that they heard shots fired and that when they soon looked outside, they saw police surrounding the area, one officer on his knees on the south side of the complex and others scattered about.
"Police have not released the names of the three men or any other information about them, nor was Dawsey able to say anything about the wounds or the weapon used in the crime. The two deceased men's bodies will be taken to a medical examiner's office for autopsy, Dawsey said.
"Crime scene tape went up around the entire parking lot and included the apartment door. Other residents sat or stood outside their apartments, behind the yellow crime scene tapes, and watched for hours as Sherman Police Department's full criminal investigation force and several patrol officers worked the scene. Around the corner, facing Odneal Street, residents gathered on the outside stoops. Across the street, children watched and played, as they had the day off from classes.
"The apartment complex is in the 1000 block of Odneal, between Willow and Hazelwood streets."
Source: Herald Democrat...
Monday, November 1, 2010
"WORCHESTER, PA — A Worcester, Montgomery County, woman is dead in what police are describing as a domestic incident that spiraled into a murder-suicide attempt.
"Police belief the woman shot her boyfriend and then turned the gun on herself.
"Lois Galasso of Worcester is dead after a shooting at 2106 Bustard Road, Worcester, Sunday night.
"According to state police at Skippack, they responded to the home at 9:30 p.m. on Halloween, for a report of a shooting. Her boyfriend Anthony Campisi called 9-1-1 and said he had been shot by his girlfriend, Galasso, 47, accoding to authorities.
"When troopers entered the home, they immediately encountered Galasso, who was armed with a handgun. Galasso raised the gun in the direction of the troopers, but then turned the gun on herself, according to police.
"Galasso was prounced dead at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled, police said.
"Campisi, 50, was treated at the scene and then flown to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, where he is in guarded condition with gunshot wounds to the arm and abdomen, police said.
"According to police, the preliminary investigation indicates that Galasso shot Campisi after the two became involved in an argument. The investigation is continuing."