Thursday, December 16, 2010

Police Storm Apartment, Find Mother & Son Dead

"MASONTOWN, PA — A Fayette County man and his mother died today after being shot in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday, the West Virginia medical examiner's office said.

"Shaun Veres, 31, and Elaine Veres, 54, of Waynesburg, were found shot in the head in an Masontown apartment building after a two-hour standoff.

"Fayette County dispatch said police were called to the apartment building, at 99 N. Water St., at 12:16 p.m. when someone called in to report a "man with a gun."

"Masontown police officers went to the scene and then called for backup from state police `due to the disturbance turning into a hostage situation,` state police said. A trooper made contact with Mr. Veres for negotiations. Then sometime after 2 p.m., police heard two gunshots and then stormed the apartment, where they found both Mr. Veres and his mother shot in the head.

"Police believe Mr. Veres shot his mother and then turned the gun on himself.

"Mr. Veres was taken by ambulance to Uniontown Hospital and then was flown by helicopter to a Morgantown area hospital in West Virginia. Ms. Veres was flown straight to a Morgantown hospital. Both were pronounced dead at the hospital."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...

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