Saturday, December 31, 2011

Shooter Pronounced Dead At Scene


"JUNEAU, AK — Police say a Juneau man is dead after shooting a woman then shooting himself Friday evening.

"The Juneau Police Department stated in a release they received a 911 call from a woman who reported she had been shot inside a residence in the 9000 block of Stephen Richards Memorial Drive around 11 p.m. Friday.

"Responding officers found a 42-year-old woman with a gun shot wound to her abdomen at the house and a 42-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head, according to the release. Capital City Fire and Rescue pronounced him dead at the scene.

"The woman was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, the release stated.

"Police believe the man assaulted the woman then shot himself, according to the release.

"An investigation is ongoing."


Source: Juneau Empire...

Gun Found Near Bodies


"MCALESTER, OK — Police have released the names of a McAlester couple found shot to death in their home.

"The bodies of Bonitacio Perez-Contreras, 32, and Elizabeth Lacy, 31, were found by a relative of Lacy's on Thursday afternoon, Assistant Police Chief Darrell Miller said.

"The couple lived at 304 W Taylor.

"Miller said a gun was found near the bodies. He said investigators are treating the investigation as a double homicide, but are not ruing out the possibility one of the victims shot the other and then committed suicide.

"Miller said there was no indication anyone broke into the home or that anything is missing.

"Perez-Conteras was a self-employed construction worker."


From NewsOK.com...

Police Find Three People Shot


"NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — Police say a 24-year-old man turned a gun on himself, after shooting a 21-year-old woman and her mother.

"Around 6 p.m. on Friday night, North Charleston police responded to a domestic situation at a home on Victory Lane. Police say when they entered the home they found three people shot.

"According to North Charleston Police Department spokesman Spencer Pryor, the suspect and his female acquaintance got into an argument which lead to her being shot.

"Police say the mother of the victim was also shot when she entered the room, and attempted to get between her daughter and the suspect. Pryor says the suspect then turned the gun on himself.

"All three of the victims were rushed to MUSC, where the suspect and the young woman died. The mother is still listed in serious but stable condition."


From WCIV...

Friday, December 30, 2011

Two Dead In Rural Texas


"ERATH COUNTY, TEXAS — A man in rural Erath County shot and killed his 3-year-old grandson Friday afternoon before turning the weapon on himself, officials said.

"Jose Antonio Torres, 35, was identified by authorities as the grandfather. Miguel Angel Torres, 3, was identified his grandson.

"The murder-suicide is believed to have occurred just before 3 p.m., Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said, when the elder Torres arrived home to find his 15-year-old daughter wasn’t there. The daughter is Miguel’s mother, Bryant said, and the two lived with Torres and his wife.

"`He became extremely upset and forcibly took his grandson to his vehicle,` Bryant said, adding that Torres was angry because his daughter wasn’t home to take care of the boy.

"While Torres was outside on the way to the car with Miguel in tow, he shot at his wife with a rifle, Bryant said, but missed.

"`He got into his Chevrolet pickup and drove a few 100 yards away from the residence`, he said. `His wife followed and found them both shot in the head.`

"The bodies have been sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy, Bryant said.

"Bryant said the man and the child were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crime on County Road 309 — off FM 219 near Purves.

"`It is a tragic incident,` Bryant said. `I don’t understand why a grandfather would shoot his 3-year-old grandson if he was upset.`"


From reporternews.com...

Bodies Found In Bathroom


"SUGAR LAND, TX — A Fort Bend County woman and her boyfriend were found shot to death Thursday night in a suspected murder-suicide near Sugar Land, authorities said.

"Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Paula Simpson, 47, and her boyfriend, 46-year-old Jim Phillips of Houston, inside Simpson's home in the 2000 block of Cordelia Place in the Greatwood subdivision, according to a sheriff's office spokesman.

"Deputies were called to the home about 10:40 p.m. Thursday by friends of Simpson who had gone to the home because they hadn't heard from her, said spokesman Bob Haenel.

"The bodies were in the bathroom of the home. Haenel declined to say who appeared to be the shooter."


From chron.com...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Argument Leads To Double Murder/Suicide


"ATASCOSA, TX — A man suspected of fatally shooting his ex-wife and her older brother later turned the gun on himself and died from his injuries early Thursday morning, authorities said.

"William McKendrick, 47, had gone to the home of a relative of his ex-wife in the 14500 block of Wisdom Road about 8 p.m. to pick up his 7-year-old son for a visit.

"Witnesses told police the boy's mother, Sonia McKendrick, 47, got into an argument with the man and then ran into the house yelling, “He's got a gun, he's got a gun!”

"McKendrick then reportedly followed her inside and shot her and her older brother, Milton Lozano Jr., 57, authorities said.

"Investigators later found the suspect at his home on the 7900 block of Broadway, where he had apparently shot himself, Bexar County Sheriff's Office detective Louis Antu said. He was taken to University Hospital and died about 5 a.m."


From mysanantonio.com...

Dead Couple "Fought All The Time"


"LAUDERHILL, FL — The bodies of a man and a woman were found shot to death in a single family home on Wednesday, according to Lauderhill Police.

"The couple, in their 30s, was found around 6 p.m. on the 3300 block of Northwest 17th Street, police said.

"`There is a weapon in the room but at this point we can't say whether it was a murder-suicide or whether there were some other circumstances,` Capt. Rick Rocco said.

"A neighbor claimed the couple had lived in the home for only two months but fought all the time and that the man had just gotten out of prison.

"Investigators were working to confirm the couple's identities to inform their families while people, believed to be relatives, gathered at the scene of the double shooting, Rocco said."


Source: Orlando Sentinel...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Police Looking For Link Between Murder, Suicide


"GIRARD, OH — City police believe there is a link between Tuesday’s shooting in the city and a suicide later in Hubbard Township.

"Girard Police Detective Greg Norman said it appeared the suicide victim, 26-year-old William Kehler of Hubbard Township, was the person who shot 39-year-old Jeffrey Carpenter, of 118 W. Liberty St., based on the description of the his clothing and the white truck witnesses saw leaving the crime scene in Girard.

"Township police officer Greg Tarr responded to the suicide Tuesday about 2 p.m. and found Kehler’s body in his drive way.

"The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office confirmed Wednesday the manner of death was suicide by a single gunshot to the head.

"Tarr said while he was getting ready for work Wednesday morning, he saw on the news the description of the truck in Girard and realized it matched the truck in Kehler’s driveway.

"He sent photos of the truck and of Kehler to Norman.

"`I don’t know how it’s linked,` Norman said. `I don’t know anything connecting them.`"


From vindy.com...

Ex-Husband Ambushes Woman At McDonalds


"PARKER, CO — Police say a woman was shot and killed in a fast-food parking lot on Tuesday night, and her ex-husband was found dead a short time later.

"Parker Police say the incident happened in the McDonald's parking lot at South Parker Road and Main Street in Parker at 5:06 p.m. They say the woman had been shot and was taken to a local hospital where she died of her injuries. Her name has not been released.

"Christina Castello, 15, was with her boyfriend when she heard the gunshots. She ran to help the woman but knew it was too late.

"`I was holding her head. I didn't know what to say, I didn't know what to think, I didn't know what to do. This woman is laying there. I can't help her. I held her head as she was like dying and her three kids came out and saw it,` Castello said.

"Police were looking for Mark Royer, the ex-husband of the victim, as a person of interest in this case. Royer, 53, was last seen driving a brown 2005 Ford F-150 extended cab with dark tinted windows.

"The truck was found in a field near South Parker Road and Bayou Gulch in unincorporated Douglas County a short time later. Royer's body was found in the open space near his truck. Police believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head."


From 9news.com...

UPDATE:

12/29/2011 — Shooter was minister who helped drug addicts...

Man Hospitalized After Murder And Botched Suicide


"ROME, GA — A Livingston Road man killed his wife then turned the gun on himself Thursday night but survived the self-inflicted wound, said Sgt. Dan Bickers, a detective with the Floyd County Police Department, and the shooter was charged with murder while still in the hospital.

"According to police:

"Michael Woodrow Terry, 61, of 1436 Livingston Road, killed Juanita Marie Terry, 45, with a .22 rifle after an argument that happened in front of their 13-year-old son.

"`We know he fired three shots,` Bickers said. `One of those shots was fatal.`

"The fatal shot was to the facial area, Bickers said.

"Terry then turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the mouth area.

"The son called 911 and then ran to a neighbor’s house for safety. He will be staying with family members.

"The shootings occurred not in the home, but in a camper next to the home where the family was staying while the home was being repaired, Bickers said.

"An adult daughter who was also living with them was not at home when the shootings occurred.

"In addition to the murder charge, Terry is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and cruelty to children.

"Bickers said police were familiar with Terry and had been called to the home before."


From the Rome News-Tribune...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Police Suspect Murder/Suicide In Death Of Elderly Couple


"LEMOORE, CA — Police now believe a double homicide reported the day after Christmas was a murder suicide involving a husband and wife, authorities said this afternoon.

"Officials are not releasing the names of the 88-year-old man and his wife, believed to be 85, who were found shot to death early Monday in their home on North Cambridge Drive.

"A family member alerted officers to the crime, when the wife called and said her husband had a gun and was planning to kill her with it. The family member hung up and called police, who arrived to find both parties dead.

"After examining evidence at the scene and speaking with neighbors, detectives ruled the crime a murder suicide.

"The case remains under investigation."


From HanfordSentinel.com...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Pair Found Dead On Christmas Day


"EAST BREMERTON, WA — Two people found dead Sunday in a house on the 3000 block of NE Hillside Drive appear to have died as a result of a homicide-suicide, according to Kitsap County Sheriff's Office spokesman Scott Wilson.

"The deceased appear to have been related, Wilson said, but the Sheriff's Office would not identify them Monday. Next of kin have not been notified.

"`We have tentative identification of these two individuals. We believe we know who they are,` Wilson said. `However, confirmation of their identity has to come from the Coroner's Office during the process of the autopsy by the county's forensic pathologist.`

"A firearm believed to be the cause of death was found in the house.

"`It does appear for the record this is a homicide-suicide, with one person having self-inflicted gunshot injuries,` Wilson said."


Source: Kitsap Sun...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Seven Dead In Xmas Multiple Murder/Suicide


"GRAPEVINE, TX — The bodies of seven people police believe to be related were found apparently shot to death in a Dallas-area apartment on Christmas Day.

"The four women and three men were all found in an adjoining kitchen and living room area when police entered the Dallas-area apartment shortly after 11:30am.

"Police said two handguns were found inside the apartment and it is believed the shooter is among the dead.

"Grapevine Police Sergeant Robert Eberling said officers were responding to a 911 call in the 2500 block of Hall-Johnson Road when they discovered the bodies.

"`There was an open line. No one was saying anything,` he explained, so police entered the apartment.

"Officers [said] that it appeared one person shot and killed six people inside the apartment before committing suicide at the Lincoln Vineyards Apartment Homes, a 220-unit complex.

"According to [local news reports], the victims appear to be adults from three generations of the same family, ranging in age from late teens to sixties.

"Their names have not been released.

"Eberling said in a statement today: `It appears to be they're all related. It appears all the victims are deceased from gunshot wounds.

"`We are pretty confident that the shooter is among the deceased victims inside the apartment,` he added. `We are not actively looking for a shooter that we believe is at large.`

"It remains unclear whether the victims were celebrating Christmas when the shooting began.

"There had been no previous police calls to the apartment."


Source: Daily Mail (UK)...

UPDATE:

12/26/2011 — Gunman was dressed as Santa Claus...
12/27/2011 — One victim had recently left her husband...
12/27/2011 — Pictures of victims & shooter...
12/28/2011 — In-depth account of killings...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

"No Other Suspects" In Shooting Of Elderly Couple


"SANTA CRUZ, CA — A 90-year-old man died of a gunshot wound Friday night and his 88-year-old wife was flown to a hospital after they were shot at the couple's home in the 100 block of Sims Road, the Sheriff's Office reported.

"Both victims were shot in the head, Sgt. Jim Ross said Friday night.

"Ross declined to say whether it was a murder-suicide, but he said a handgun was found in the house and there were no other suspects.

"`We need to conclude our interviews,` Ross said. `It's a sad story any time, it's a sad situation,` he said of the shootings. `The holidays just make it all worse.`

"Deputies said a family friend went to check on the couple and reported the shooting just after 3:50 p.m.

"The home is behind Brook Knoll Elementary School on a quiet road in unincorporated Santa Cruz. Deputies said no one else was in the home during the shooting

"The woman was taken by helicopter to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Friday evening."


Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Friend Finds Bodies Of Dead Couple


"YPSILANTI TWP, MI — Two people are dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide in Ypsilanti Township, Washtenaw County sheriff’s department spokesman Derrick Jackson said.

"A 53-year-old man is believed to have shot his 47-year-old wife to death and then turned the gun on himself at their home in the 800 block of Lamay Street in Ypsilanti Township, Jackson said.

"A friend had tried to call the couple today and was not able to reach them and then drove to their house to check on them, Jackson said. The friend saw that their cars were both there, but no one answered the door. He looked in the window and saw one of them lying on the floor.

"He got a neighbor to help him, and the two of them kicked down the door and discovered the bodies inside about 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, Jackson said.

"A family member last had telephone contact with the couple about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jackson said."


From annarbor.com...

Wife Was Shooter In Deaths Of Elderly Couple


"FARMINGTON TWP, PA — Pennsylvania State Police say the bodies of 72 year- old Madeline Smith and 77 year-old Warren Smith were discovered by a family member in their home on Palmer Road in Farmington Township, on Wednesday.

"State Police say Madeline Smith shot and killed her husband and then turned the gun on herself.

"Officials say both had gun shot wounds to the chest.

"Close friend Alfred Colegrover is in disbelief.

"`Warren always had guns, we hunted together. I never knew her to ever pick up a gun, ever,` Colegrove said.

"Friends of the couple say their grandson discovered their bodies upon returning home from serving in Iraq.

"Friends of the Smiths say, Mrs. Smith was battling cancer but was believed to be doing well.

"Friends say the Smith family had just celebrated Christmas in Farmington a week early."


From wetmtv.com...

Man And Woman Found Dead In Home


"PHOENIX, AZ — A domestic dispute has apparently led to a murder-suicide in west Phoenix.

"The police department said the bodies of a man and a woman were found inside a residence on the 7900 block of West Highland Avenue, along with a crying child.

"A 60-year-old woman called police Wednesday night to say she found a man and woman, believed to be her daughter, dead.

"She also found a 10-month-old girl crying by her mother's side.

"The victims have been identified as 24-year-old Marilyn Guerra and Dylan Bell, believed to be in his mid-20s.

"Investigators are attempting to determine what happened."


From KSAZ FOX10...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

3 Hour Standoff Ends In Murder/Suicide


"SAN DIEGO, CA — A SWAT team stormed inside a Navy family's Serra Mesa home Wednesday to end a three-hour standoff with a domestic-shooting suspect, finding a man and woman dead in an apparent case of murder-suicide.

"Along with the couple's bodies, the heavily armed and armored officers found an unharmed toddler in the house in the 3300 block of Wainright Lane when they made entry about 3:30 p.m., according to San Diego police.

"The discovery came about three hours after a man made an emergency call to report that he had shot his wife in their military-housing residence about a half-mile south of Montgomery Field airport. The caller told police he also intended to kill himself, SDPD public-affairs Lt. Andra Brown said...

"The names of the deceased couple, both of whom were believed to be in the Navy, were withheld pending notification of their families."


From 760kfmb.com...

Woman Kills Father, Daughter In Double Murder/Suicide


"PERINTON, NY — Monroe County Sheriff's deputies are still investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place inside a home on 14 Red Fox Run in Perinton.

"Police say they suspect Penelope Luddy, 53, shot her daughter and elderly father before taking her own life.

"Deputies arrived at the home shortly after 10 a.m. and found Luddy dead and her 10-year-old daughter, Alexandra Luddy, and father, Harold Bertram, critically wounded.

"Bertram and Luddy were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where they died shortly after.

"According to Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, Penelope Luddy had told her husband, Michael Luddy, to leave the home to check on an ill family member earlier that morning. Upon returning, he found the bodies near the stairwell in the basement and called 911.

"Police say the mother had been distraught for weeks, and may have been seeking psychological counseling. The reason for her distress is unknown at this time. Investigators say the killings do not appear accidental."


From MPNnow.com...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Crime Scene Plundered After Murder/Suicide


"GRAND COUNTY, CO — A 62-year-old Denver man and his 9-year-old son had not been seen since Dec. 9, until their bodies were found Saturday in a van parked along the Colorado River in Grand County.

"Authorities said today William Ahrold shot his son, Jackson Ahrold, and classified the death as a murder-suicide.

"The Grand County Sheriff's Department said someone had found the bodies before Saturday and stolen the Ahrolds' belongings, including the gun used by William Ahrold in the incident.

"`Grand County Sheriff's Office along with the assistance of other agencies is following up numerous leads in the effort to locate those individuals,` the Sheriff's Department said this afternoon.

"The Ahrolds were found Saturday just after noon by a Bureau of Land Management employee off Grand County Road 1 near the end of Grand County Road 102 in the southwest part of the county.

"The Ahrolds were last seen on Dec. 9 and reported missing to Denver police on Dec. 13, the Grand County Sheriff's Department stated."


From the Denver Post...

UPDATE:

12/22/2011 — Names of suspects released...
12/24/2011 — Suspects captured...
01/10/2012 — Suspect sawed fingers off of cold, dead hand...

Two Dead After Ex Stalks Health Care Worker


"BATH COUNTY, KY — Police have released names of victims found dead today in what police are calling a murder-suicide.

"On Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 8:01 a.m., Kentucky State Police in Morehead received a call for assistance from the Bath County Sheriff's Department regarding a shooting.

"Bath County Dispatch had received a call of a shooting incident located in the driveway of a residence on Old Midland Trail.

"Upon the arrival of officers the bodies of 53-year-old Richard N. Spillman of Grayson, and 43-year-old Valerie K. Stevens of Morehead were found dead in the driveway of a residence from gunshot wounds.

"Preliminary investigation indicates that Stevens, an employee of St. Claire Regional Medical Center Home Health Services, arrived at a residence on Old Midland Trail to care for a home health patient.

"Spillman arrived at the same residence in a separate vehicle, behind Stevens in the driveway of the residence, where a confrontation ensued.

"Spillman was armed with a pistol and shot Stevens before shooting himself, the KSP said.

"Spillman and Stevens had a prior relationship where they had lived together."


From The Morehead News...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Argument Over Alcohol Leads To Attempted Murder/Suicide


"PIONEER, CA — A 54-year-old Pioneer woman is recovering in the hospital today from a gunshot wound to her neck, after her father tried to kill her at a home on the 23000 block of Robin Road in Pioneer, according to a release from the Amador County Sheriff's Office.

"William David Matz, 74, is suspected of firing several shots at his daughter during an argument about his consumption of alcohol, the release said.

"The victim told deputies that her father became very angry, went to a room and retrieved a gun, the release said. He then shot her several times, striking her once, the release continued. He then turned the gun on himself and was later found by deputies with a gunshot wound to his head, the release said.

"The victim was transported by ambulance to a waiting helicopter that flew her to Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Sacramento for treatment."


Source: Calaveras Enterprise...

All-Day Argument Preceded Attempted Murder/Suicide


"MANCHESTER, MI — A Bridgewater Township man shot his wife and then committed suicide Saturday night in the 13000 block of Austin Road.

"The wife was shot in the chest and shoulder. She was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.

"Township Supervisor Jolea Mull learned about the shooting at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.

"She said according to police, the couple was arguing throughout the day because of the man's depression issues.

"He shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. The wife was able to run out of their residence and call 911. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but on Sunday police told Mull the woman is now in stable condition.

"There is no official statement on the shooting from the sheriff's department yet, Mull said."


From The Manchester Enterprise...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Suspected Killer Found Dead


"BONIFAY, FL — Washington County Sheriff's Deputies and agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are looking into a double slaying Sunday morning which may be a murder - suicide.

"At approximately 8:15 a.m. Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a gunshot victim at 2152 Pleasant Hill Road. The call came from the victim’s husband, Donald Richard Bellew. Mr. Bellew also told 911 dispatchers that the owner of the home, Cain Abel Ellis, 37, was there and was armed.

"Officers with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were on scene within 10 minutes and found a female victim, Shannon F. Bellew, a 36 year old white female, in the home owner’s vehicle dead from a gunshot wound.

"The Bay County SWAT team was called to the scene to assist Washington County Deputies. Lawmen made several attempts to communicate with the homeowner but got no response. Shortly before noon they went into the home and found Ellis dead from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound."


From WJHG.com...

UPDATE:

12/18/2011 — Victim & killer had "long term relationship"...

Suspected Killer Shoots Himself In Shed


"CHARLOTTE, NC — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in northeast Charlotte.

"A person was found dead inside a home at 6208 Donna Drive. That person's name has not yet been released.

"The initial call came into the Charlotte Fire Department police about a car fire and a possible break in. Police found the victim inside the home.

"Police then canvassed the neighborhood and found a suspect in a storage shed in a neighbor's backyard. The suspect barricaded himself in the shed for a brief period of time before he fatally shot himself.

"The victim and suspect knew each other, police say.

"Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set, but it's not clear how it relates to the murder-suicide."


From WBTV.com...

"I'm Going To Shoot Myself"


"DALLAS, TX — Two police agencies were investigating a shooting case that began in Dallas and ended with a suicide in DeSoto Saturday evening.

"According to preliminary information, Dallas police said it appears a man shot his wife at a residence in the 2900 block of Midway Plaza Boulevard in Southeast Oak Cliff around 4:45 p.m.

"The unnamed woman was reported in serious condition at Baylor University Medical Center.

"Investigators said the man then drove himself to DeSoto, where police in that city encountered him about 45 minutes later in the 1200 block of Post Oak Lane, in the driveway of a family member.

"`He had contacted a neighbor saying, 'I'm going to shoot myself,' and the neighbor called it in for us,` said DeSoto police spokeswoman Cpl. Melissa Franks.

"The man acted quickly and did not respond to police who were trying to speak with him.

"`He made no move to threaten us, so we were not needing to engage him,` Franks said.
`He did it very quickly upon us making verbal contact with him.`

"The man, who was in his 40s, shot himself in the chest and was pronounced dead."


From WFAA.com...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

"No, Everything Is Not OK"


"EMINGTON, IL — A family of five is dead after a woman gunned down her infant, her two children and her boyfriend before turning the gun on herself in a tiny Illinois farm town.

"A neighbor who come outside when she heard the gunshots watched in horror as the woman wrapped her infant daughter in a blanket on the ground in the backyard of her home.

"When the neighbor asked if she was alright, the mother responded: `No, everything is not OK,` then bent down and shot the baby at point-blank range, according to reports.

"The woman, whose name was not released, had apparently already killed her boyfriend and her son inside the house, as well as shooting her other young daughter in the backyard.

"The shootings occurred at a house in Emington, Illinois, a town of just 100 people, where the two older children, a first grader and a fourth grader, were last seen getting off a school bus just before they were killed.

"The street where the family lived was closed off by police."


From the Daily Mail (UK)...

UPDATE:

12/19/2011 — Killer mom suffered from bi-polar disorder...

Distraught Man Shoots Wife, Self At Hospital


"ROCKDALE, TX — An elderly Milano man shot his wife in the head late Wednesday night in the Rockdale hospital where she was being treated and then killed himself, police said Thursday.

"Police responded just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to Richards Memorial Hospital at 1700 Brazos Ave. in Rockdale where they found J.C. Barfield, 77, dead and his wife, Margaret Barfield, 78, in critical condition with a single gunshot wound to the head.

"She died at Central Texas Hospital in Cameron while en route to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, police said.

"Officers recovered a .357 magnum revolver that was used in the shooting.

"Family members told police that J.C. Barfield was distraught because of his wife’s deteriorating health.

"She was transferred to the hospital Thursday from Manor Oaks Nursing Home, police said."

"The Barfields were both longtime residents of Milano, police said Wednesday."


From KWTX.com...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Five Bodies Found In Mobile Home


"GARGATHA, VA — Five bodies were found in a mobile home Thursday in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore.

"The Accomack County Sheriff's office is investigating the murder-suicide.

"The Sheriff says his office got a call at 5:10 p.m. Thursday about an attempted suicide.

"When deputies arrived, they found five bodies inside the mobile home. They are not saying the ages of the deceased or if they were related; however, a brother of one of the victims, Omar Colon Matias, said his sister Evelyn and the father of her two children, ages 9 and 11, were living there with another woman.

"Matias says his sister was in a custody battle with her estranged husband; although, police have not released any information regarding that matter.

"The bodies have been moved to the Norfolk medical examiner's office. Autopsies will be performed on all five bodies.

"The trailer where this tragedy happened is located on 6th Street in Gargatha, Va. It is along a dirt road in a remote area among a handful of trailers."


From WVEC.com...

Three Dead At Southern California Edison Building


"IRWINDALE, CA — A gunman opened fire at a southern California office Friday afternoon, killing two people and injuring at least two others before apparently turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.

"The rampage happened at the Irwindale, CA, office building of the Southern California Edison power company.

"A source told the L.A. Times the shooter was an employee there.

"One victim died at the scene and another died on the way to hospital, according to the Times report. Two other victims were being treated, but their conditions are not known.

"At least some of the victims are believed to be Edison employees. Others inside the building reportedly hunkered down and locked office doors after the gunfire began.

"Several schools in the area went into lockdown for a time."


From cnews...

UPDATE:

09/28/2012 — Edison to cut "bloated" management after incident...

Two Dead In "Knife Incident"


"HUGER, SC — In what authorities said was a murder-suicide by knife, a married couple died Friday from stab wounds.

"The names of the deceased have not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

"Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Moon said a woman was dead in a home at 458 Berk Road when authorities arrived just after noon. A man found in the home was alive but bleeding badly, and died after being taken to a hospital.

"The couple sustained their wounds in a confrontation that began with an argument, Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said. `We are calling it a homicide-suicide, with the homicide victim being the woman,` Salisbury said.

"He said a knife believed to have made all of the wounds has been recovered.

"The couple actually lived in a nearby home and not the one where the fatal wounds were inflicted, Salisbury said. He said the home where the stabbings took place was the home of the couple's relatives.

"Moon said late in the afternoon that investigators were still working the scene, in a home off of a dirt road that connects to S.C. Highway 41, and at the edge of the Francis Marion National Forest.

"Moon said investigators determined that the only two people involved in the knife incident were the couple that died. There no other suspects to pursue, he assured.

"`We believe that the only people involved were the two who are deceased,` he said.
Moon said someone reportedly flagged down a car near S.C. Highway 41 to get word of the incident to the sheriff’s office."


From heraldonline.com...

Killer Shoots Himself As Police Close In


"TULSA, OK — U.S. Marshals report that a Tulsa murder suspect shot and killed himself Friday morning in Houston as they went to arrest him.

"Chad Hunt of the U.S. Marshal's Tulsa office confirmed that Terencio Turcios, 41, is dead.

"Turcios was wanted for a homicide in Tulsa and one in Glenpool on Wednesday.

"He was the suspect in the deaths of his estranged wife, Victoria Turcios, and a co-worker of Victoria, David Grummert of Glenpool.

"Marshals believed Turcios might be headed to Houston, then received a tip that a family member from that city came to pick him up in McAlester.

"U.S. Marshals made entry into the home where Turcios was staying in Houston at about 8:30 a.m. Friday. As they were approaching the back room, they say he killed himself in front of deputies and marshals.

"`All the information received suggests the firearm used in the apparent suicide was the same weapon used in both homicides,` according to a release from the Tulsa Police Department."


From news9.com...

Surrounded By Police, Runaway Dad Kills Himself


"OLD BRIDGE, NJ — A New Jersey man sought in the slaying of his ex-wife fled with their two young daughters and hid out at a quaint upstate New York motel while police in the two states launched a desperate search, which ended Friday when he was found dead inside his room from an apparent suicide.

"Anthony Trapp’s daughters were unharmed when they were coaxed out of the open door of their father’s room around 7:30 a.m. Friday by some of the dozens of New York state troopers who had surrounded the five-room motel 45 miles north of New York City.

"Police believe Trapp had already killed himself when the older girl, who’s 5, opened the door, state police Maj. Ed Raso said.

"`We were able to motion to her, and she came out,` followed moments later by her 20-month-old sibling, he said.

"Members of the state police special operations team scooped them up, wrapped them in blankets and carried them to safety before they were placed in the temporary custody of relatives.

"Police then spent more than an hour trying to communicate with Trapp by phone and bullhorn. At 8:40, troopers entered the room and found Trapp, 39, dead on a bed, Capt. Joseph Tripodo said.

"Authorities said Trapp apparently killed himself; they didn’t release details but said he didn’t shoot himself. His body was removed from the motel Friday afternoon.

"The discovery of Trapp’s body ended a 12-hour ordeal that began when police in Old Bridge, N.J., alerted by relatives concerned about the safety of his ex-wife, 37-year-old Heather Trapp, found her body inside his tidy suburban home.

"The Middlesex County, N.J., medical examiner’s office determined she had been stabbed multiple times and classified her death as a homicide.

"Middlesex County prosecutors said Heather Trapp had gone to the home to pick up her daughters late Thursday afternoon after the girls had visited with their father. Police found her body around 8 p.m.

"Amber Alerts notifying the public that two children had been abducted were issued in New Jersey and New York. They were canceled when the girls were found safe."


Source: Washington Post...

Love Triangle Suspected In Murder/Suicide


"MINGO COUNTY, WV — An ongoing argument over a woman turned deadly in Mingo County, according to investigators.

"West Virginia State Police [said] Steven Hitt went to a house on Mark's Branch Road in Newtown about 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

"That was where Justin Jordan was staying.

"According to investigators, Hitt and Jordan had been involved in an ongoing argument because troopers say Hitt's estranged wife was in a relationship with Jordan.

"Troopers say Hitt shot and killed Jordan and then turned the gun on himself."


From WSAZ.com...

"Bad Health" Probable Motive For Murder/Suicide


"YAHALA, FL — A Lake County man killed his elderly wife late Wednesday before apparently turning a gun on himself, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

"The incident happened about 11 p.m. at the couple's home at 7620 Arrow Lane in the Yalaha area.

"Steven Parker, 65, called Lake dispatchers and told them he had just killed his wife and intended to kill himself. He explained that his wife, Kathryn Parker, 78, had Alzheimer's disease and he wasn't going to be able to care for her because he was also in bad health, sheriff's officials said.

"Once deputies arrived at the scene they found the couple dead in their home with gunshot wounds to their heads. Steven Parker was found sitting in a chair with his feet up and a gun and phone in his lap. Detectives believe both were in bad health.

"Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jim Vachon said the incident didn't appear to be drug- or alcohol-related. He said it was the Sheriff's Office's sixth murder and second murder-suicide case this year."


Source: Orlando Sentinel...

Tell Saint Peter At The Pearly Gate...


"EDISON, NJ — Benjamin Den Bleyker was a smoker.

"He was often seen going outside to smoke at the Heritage at Clara Barton assisted living center on Amboy Avenue in Edison, where he and his wife, Alice, lived.

"So when a nurse didn’t see Den Bleyker on Sunday, she and another staff member grew concerned. They entered the couple’s apartment and found them dead from an apparent murder-suicide.

"`He shot his wife and then he laid down in bed and shot himself,` Edison police Sgt. Joe Perrotte said today.

"Alice Den Bleyker, 80, had suffered with Parkinson’s Disease, Police Chief Thomas Bryan said.

"`It’s a shame. It’s disheartening to feel that this couple felt they had no other way to turn,` Bryan said.

"Staff members say they last saw Benjamin Den Bleyker, 81, Saturday afternoon, police said. On Sunday, when staff members still hadn’t seen him, a nurse called the couple’s apartment.

"When she got no answer, she and a member of the housekeeping staff knocked on the door of their apartment. After no response, they let themselves in at about 1:15 p.m. and found the couple, police said.

"Police said officers are investigating how Benjamin Den Bleyker got a revolver that was found in the bedroom."


From nj.com...

Home For The Holidays


"BENTON COUNTY, AR — Two men are dead in what may be a murder-suicide, Benton County officials said.

"Authorities are at 13751 Siloam City Lake Road where the investigation is underway.

"Capt. Mike Sydoriak of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division said the family’s 19-year-old son was home from college. After his mother left for work, she called to check on him. When she could not get hold of him, she called her husband to go home and check on him.

"The father found his son dead in an upstairs room, Sydoriak said, before calling paramedics.

"Medics heard a noise in a downstairs room, and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital where he died, Sydoriak said.

"Sydoriak said no names were being released pending notification of next of kin."


From ArkansasOnline.com...

California Couple Pronounced Dead At Scene


"HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA — A man and woman were found dead Wednesday morning in a Huntington Beach home, the result of what police suspect to be a murder-suicide, authorities said.

"The man and woman were found in a residence in the 8800 block of Jarrett Circle just before 5:30 a.m. and were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Orange County Coroner's Office.

"Officers were sent to the home to check on the welfare of two adults, according to a written release from the Huntington Beach Police Department.

"Police were initially unable to access the locked home until a family member arrived.

"Upon entering, the officers discovered two adults with gunshot wounds, police said.
Based on their preliminary investigation, police believe that the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, officials said."


From The Orange County Register...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Teenager Finds Parents Dead


"SUFFOLK, VA — A 16-year-old boy came home and found his parents dead in their Suffolk home last night. After autopsies were performed today, police determined that Kathryn Laine died of stab wounds inflicted by her husband, Steven Laine, who committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.

"Police say the teen called them at around 3:30 p.m. to tell them his mother needed help. When police arrived, they found his mother, Kathryn Laine 47, and later found his father, Steven Laine, 47, in the garage."


From WTKR.com...

UPDATE:

12/16/2011 — "They were just a close family..."

Boyfriend & Girlfriend Found Dead


"LOUISBURG, NC — A Franklin County couple died in a murder-suicide at a Louisburg apartment complex Wednesday morning, police said.

"Police Chief Rick Lassiter said the boyfriend and girlfriend died of gunshot wounds at the Franklin Court apartments, 119A Second St., around 8 a.m. Authorities haven't released their names or said who pulled the trigger.

"The couple had children, but it wasn't clear if the children were there during the shooting, Lassiter said.

"No other details have been released."


From WRAL.com...

Police Seek Next Of Kin


"SARASOTA, FL — Sheriff's detectives say they are investigating the deaths of a man and woman found in their home in the 4000 block of Carriage Drive as a murder and suicide.

"They are still attempting to locate next of kin and have yet to release the identities of the deceased.

"Deputies were summoned to the home Tuesday afternoon."


Source: Herald-Tribune...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Authorities Find Couple Dead At Home


"HOKE COUNTY, NC — A Hoke County woman was shot and killed by her husband, a former Fort Bragg soldier, during an apparent murder-suicide.

"Hoke Co. authorities say they were called to a home at 115 Patolly Place during the early morning hours of Dec. 10 where they found two bodies, dead inside the home.

"The investigation determined that 24-year-old Seth R. Andrews shot his wife, Hillary L. Andrews, before turning the gun on himself.

"Andrews had just returned home from a one-year deployment from Afghanistan between Nov. 26 and Nov. 29, according to information received by Fort Bragg.

"Authorities say the investigation is still ongoing."


From NBC17.com...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Bodies Found In Stairwell, Elevator


"NEW YORK, NY — Two men were killed Monday after an apparent murder-suicide inside a Manhattan apartment building.

"It happened just before 11 a.m. inside the Robert Fulton Houses located at 413 West 16th Street in Chelsea.

"Sources say it began when Jamie Cruz and her cousin, Brandon Romero, 20, went to the apartment of Cruz's ex-boyfriend, Kenneth Waldron, 29, to pick up her things.

"Sources say Cruz was in a back room when she heard a struggle and a gunshot. Additional shots were later fired and police found Waldron dead in the sixth floor stairwell after apparently shooting himself in the head.

"Romero was found in an elevator with gunshot and stab wounds.

"He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital in critical condition where he later died

"Cruz escaped without injury."


From NY1.com...

Deceased Couple Found At Home


"GLEN HEAD, NY — Nassau County police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Glen Head early Monday morning.

"Officers made the discovery after checking the couple’s Cedar Swamp Road home after a concerned friend reporting being unable to get in touch with them, police said.

"`A key was secured from the landlord, and entry into the apartment uncovered the couple was deceased,` police said in a statement.

"The victims were only identified as a 33-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man. The woman had multiple stab wounds and the man had one, police said.

"Homicide Squad detectives `determined that the male had killed the female and then killed himself` at 12:19 a.m., police said.

"The bodies were taken to the medical examiner’s office, where they will undergo autopsies.

"Detectives are continuing the investigation."


From LongIslandPress.com...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

"Sorry About Your Luck"


"FORT WAYNE, IN — Fort Wayne Police are investigating the deaths of three people, which appears to be a double-murder-suicide, but investigators have not concluded anything yet.

"According to the Journal Gazette, around 3 p.m. Saturday, Fort Wayne Police dispatchers received a call from a woman in Washington State asking them to check on a home after she saw a Facebook post warning of the shootings.

"That post stated, `Someone call 911. Three dead bodies at 3229 Lima Road Fort Wayne, Indiana. I’ve killed (two people) and myself. People were warned not to (expletive) play me and ruin me. They didn’t listen. Sorry about your luck.`

"When officers checked on the home, they noticed a man inside on the floor. Officers quickly went inside and found that man and two other adults dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

"Their identities have not been released. Fort Wayne Police [said] that at least one of them has not been positively identified yet. The Allen County Coroner's Office began performing autopsies at 11 a.m Sunday.

"Police have not said how the woman in Washington State is connected to those who were killed."


From WSBT.com...

UPDATE:

12/12/2011 — Love triangle suspected...
09/28/2012 — Friends hope to tear down home where double murder-suicide took place...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Standoff, House Fire Ruled Murder/Suicide


"WASHOUGAL, WA — Deputies said Saturday the Washougal house fire and gunfire-filled standoff has been ruled a murder-suicide and that homeowner and suspect Steven Stanbary is believed dead.

"The Clark County Sheriff’s Office issued a release saying the heavily burned remains of at least two people have not been positively identified, but it’s believed Stanbary is one of them.

"`Based upon the totality of information known to detectives at this time, investigators believe strongly that Steve Stanbary is the suspect and this his remains have likely been recovered,` the press release said.

"Investigators believe Stanbury is dead because of circumstantial evidence and identifying items found close to the body. Physical evidence and video also show that Stanbary was found in one portion of the residence, while other remains were found on the opposite side of the house, said Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Allais.

"Stanbary’s wife, Leona Bolton Stanbary, and her twin sister, Mona Daugherty, also lived at the home at 3275 F Place. Family members have said on Facebook that all three are presumed dead."


From The Columbian...

UPDATE:

12/24/2011 — Family dog survives murder/suicide, fire...
02/02/2012 — Third dog finally found...

Assisting Officer Killed In Murder/Suicide


"ATCHISON, KS — An Atchison, Kansas, police officer and another person were killed Friday afternoon in what appears to be a murder-suicide, the city said.

"The slain officer was Sgt. David Enzbrenner, who had served with Atchison police since 1987, said Mandy Cawby, the city’s finance director and acting spokeswoman.

"Investigators think that Enzbrenner was the victim in the case.

"The shooting happened before 4 p.m. near 12th and Division streets. The officer was in the area to assist code enforcement personnel with a nuisance order related to scrap metal and junk on a property, Cawby said, though it’s not clear whether the nuisance order was directly tied to the deaths.

"The Atchison Daily Globe reported that a 25-year-old man shot himself and died at the scene."


From KansasCity.com...

Shooter Found Dead In Pickup Truck


"PONCA CITY, OK — Ponca City police are investigating what they say appears to have been a murder-suicide.

"No names have been released yet, but officers confirmed that a 23-year-old woman was found wounded Friday morning at a residence in the 700 block of North Pine Street. She was transported to Ponca City Medical Center and then on to OU Medical Center, where she died at about 12:02 p.m.

"A 20-year-old man was found shot inside his pickup truck, parked at the home of his in-laws, according to police. Authorities said the man had killed himself near a residence in the 200 block of Lake Street.

"Notifications of family members are still pending."


From KOCO.com...

Four Dead After Family Dispute


"CAMBRIDGE, MA — A retired Bedford cop shot and killed three people in his Cambridge home last night and later turned the gun on himself, according to authorities, in what prosecutors called a horrifying end to a simmering family dispute.

"`This is another horrific example of domestic violence,` Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said at a press conference last night. `We know there were disputes leading up to this—nothing leading anyone to believe anything of this magnitude would occur.`

"Leone announced a manhunt for John `Jack` Brosnahan, 67, but a short time later, about 10 p.m., authorities found a car matching the 2011 Toyota Camry he was driving parked at a boathouse on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. Police recovered a body found in the Charles River late last night that the district attorney’s office identified as Brosnahan.

"Leone declined to identify the three people found dead in Brosnahan’s Grove Street home, but he said all were adults."


From BostonHerald.com...

Family Member Finds Bodies Of Elderly Couple


"GAINESVILLE, GA — A Gainesville couple has been found dead after what investigators say was a murder-suicide.

"According to Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, a family member found Harold and Linda England in thier home at 3633 Pleasant Hill Drive and called police.

"Deputies responded to the scene around 3:45 Thursday afternoon to find the 62-year-old couple dead of gunshot wounds.

"A preliminary investiation indicated that Harold England shot his wife, then took his own life. Investigators say that Linda England has had many medical problems as of late.

"No forced entry was found at the home, and all of the doors were locked. The case is still under investigation."


From AccessNorthGA.com...

Shooting Goes Down As Sheriff Arrives


"HARRIS, NC — Franklin County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a double shooting Friday night.

"Sheriff Jerry Jones says officers were called to a mobile home park at NC 98 and Curtis Road to investigate a domestic situation. Jones says when the officers arrived they heard two gunshots before they exited their patrol car.

"Jones says the officers found two gunshot victims, a male and a female. He says it appears the male shot the female and then turned the gun on himself.

"Jones says the female victim ran across to a neighbors' house yelling for help, but she was shot at the steps of the deck of the neighbors' home.

"Both gunshot victims were taken to local hospitals with what appear to be serious injuries.

"The couple have an 18-month-old child who was in their car at the time of the incident. The child has been placed with family members."


From NBC17...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Suicide Follows "Execution" Of University Cop


"BLACKSBURG, VA — Terrified Virginia Tech students survived another grim campus lockdown Thursday after a gunman calmly executed a university police officer during a routine traffic stop.

"The brutal, unexplained killing sent a shudder across the campus of 30,000 just four years after 33 people died during a bloody 2007 rampage.

"`Our hearts are broken again for the family of our police officer,` said Virginia Tech President Charles Steger.

"Although authorities would not confirm the killer committed suicide, the body of a `suspicious` man was found about a quarter-mile from the initial murder scene. He was dead of a gunshot, and a weapon was found nearby.

"Local media and the Associated Press, citing law enforcement sources, said the dead man was the cop-killer."


Source: NY Daily News...

Couple Found Dead In Upscale Resort


"SEDONA, AZ — A husband and wife from Colorado are dead while staying at the high-end Enchantment Resort northwest of Sedona.

"An investigation began when a staff member found a note on their room door, reading, `Call 911.` When the staff checked and looked inside they found the dead bodies.

"Detectives found several suicide-themed notes in the room. Yavapai Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the case did not result from an argument; both had apparently agreed to end their lives.

"Two handguns were recovered.

"The husband and wife were 47-year-old Vincent Henry and 48-year-old Renee Henry from Parker, Colo. The initial investigation indicates Renee was shot by Vincent who then killed himself."


Source: verdenews.com...

Mom & Son Found Dead In Parking Lot


"HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, PA — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the parking lot of a popular restaurant in Hempfield Township on Wednesday.

"Mary Russo, 53, and her son, Matthew, 21, both of South Hills, were found dead inside their car in the parking lot of Red Lobster along Route 30.

"Police said it’s unclear if the mother shot her son or if her son shot first.

"Investigators hope to get more details from the autopsies later Thursday.

"Police found the two dead in the front seats shortly after 4 p.m.

"One of the gunshots shattered a window in the car, authorities said. A handgun registered to Mary Russo was found inside the car."


From WXPI.com...

UPDATE:

12/10/2011 — Mom had to reload to shoot herself...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Shooter And Victim Survive Attempted Murder/Suicide


"SEYMOUR, TN — The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double shooting that has left one person hospitalized. According to Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals, deputies responded to a 911 call to a house on Dinkins Road in Seymour Sunday night at approximately 9:39 p.m. to investigate a domestic shooting.

"Officers arrived on the scene and found Dorothy J. Blankenship suffering from minor injuries she sustained when he ex-husband shot at her twice with a pistol, grazing her ears, after the pair got into a verbal altercation

"Dorothy Blankenship told investigators she and her ex-husband, Teddy Blankenship, got into an argument and Teddy pulled a .22 caliber revolver and shot at her. Teddy then went into the bedroom and shot himself. Officers found Blankenship lying face down on a mattress in a rear bedroom suffering from a gunshot wound to his right temple.

"Blankenship was transported to U. T. Hospital via Lifestar Helicopter where he is being treated at this time. The shooting is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and charges are pending until the conclusion of the investigation."


From Sevier County News...

9 Year Old Hero Survives Attempted Double Murder/Suicide


"IMLAY CITY, MI — A woman and her husband are dead in what police in Lapeer County are calling a domestic murder-suicide.

"The incident occurred in the 200 block of Palmer Street in Imlay City Tuesday at about 6:30 p.m.

"According to police, the man shot his wife and one of his children before taking his own life.

"Two other children were home at the time of the shooting, but were not injured.

"The 9-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to a local hospital. He's expected to fully recover.

"That boy was the one who contacted 911 to notify authorities of the shooting, according to police. A short standoff occurred with the gunman when officers arrived at the scene.

"Police are calling the little boy a hero for his bravery.

"None of the names involved have been released.

"Police say officers have previously been dispatched to the home for domestic-related issues."


From WNEM.com...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Farm Workers Found Dead


"WHEELER COUNTY, GA — The GBI and Wheeler County Sheriff's office are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving two co-workers.

"According to Assistant Special Agent in Charge Todd Lowery, the incident happened this morning around 8:30.

"Both males appear to be in their 30s and where found with gunshot wounds at the farm they both worked at off Hope Church Road.

"Lowery [said] the shooter may have suffered from mental illness. An autopsy will be preformed tomorrow."


From WMGT...

Financial Problems & Abuse Preceded Murder/Suicide


"ST. JOHNSBURY, VT — Vermont police say a St. Johnsbury couple has died in a murder-suicide.

"Police say 50-year-old Penny Birch and 55-year-old David Birch were found dead inside their home Monday afternoon.

"Police say Penny Birch was shot in the head in a homicide and that David Birch shot himself.

"Authorities found the bodies after Penny Birch didn't show up for an appointment with a friend Sunday afternoon.

"Police say interviews with family, friends and acquaintances indicated that the couple had been having financial problems and that David Birch had been physically abusing Penny Birch.

"Police say Penny Birch had told a friend before the shooting that she was going to tell her husband that she was leaving him and then exit the home."


From WPTZ.com...

Mom Dead, Kids Critical After Food Stamp Standoff


"LAREDO, TX — A woman reportedly shot her two children and then fatally shot herself in Laredo on Monday night, hours after she released a man she'd held hostage in a Texas Department of Health and Human Services office, authorities said.

"Investigator Joe Baeza, a Laredo Police Department spokesman, said a boy, 10, and his sister, 12, were flown to University Hospital in San Antonio with critical injuries after they were shot around 11:50 p.m. Monday. Their mother, 38, reportedly shot them before killing herself.

"She was pronounced dead at the scene in the 3800 block of Casa Blanca Road, Baeza said.

"Police have not yet released the names of the children or their mother, pending notification of their next of kin.

"`The children are very critical right now,` Baeza said, adding they were each shot once. `It didn't seem like they were being held against their will, they were just there with mom. It was an extremely violent scenario, and hopefully the children will pull through.`"


From mysanantonio.com...

Woman Survives Botched Murder/Suicide


"PICKENS, MS — A Holmes County man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday after reportedly stabbing his wife, who is being treated at a Jackson hospital.

"Irma Nichols, was listed in good condition Monday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, said Patrice Guilfoyle, hospital spokeswoman.

"Holmes County Sheriff Willie March identified her husband as Reford Nichols, 48, of Pickens.

"Irma Nichols is a faculty member at J.J. McClain Middle School in Lexington, according to the school's website.

"Her husband was pronounced dead of one shot to the head around 5 a.m. Monday on Gas Plant Road in Pickens, said Yazoo County Coroner Ricky Shivers.

"`This was an attempted homicide/suicide,` Shivers said. `The suicide was successful.`"


Source: ClarionLedger.com...

Four Dead, One Injured After Shooting Rampage


"BAYONNE, NJ — In an incident police described as a murder-suicide involving `mostly family members,` a gunman shot dead three people, including an infant, before turning the weapon on himself at a home in Bayonne, N.J., late Monday.

"Police found a woman outside the home with a gunshot wound after being called to the residence about 8:00 p.m. local time amid reports of gunfire, The Jersey Journal reported.

"Despite speaking limited English she was able to alert officers to further victims inside the home.

"A man and a woman were found dead inside the home. Both had been shot.

"A baby boy, aged between 12 and 18 months, was rushed to a nearby hospital—also suffering a gunshot wound—but did not survive.

"The gunman died inside the home but it was not yet clear if he shot himself before or after the police entered the house.

"The woman found outside the home was transported to the Bayonne Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

"A neighbor told NBC New York his brother had heard fighting coming from the home before gunshots were heard. Police said between 15 and 20 shots were fired."


From foxnews.com...

UPDATE:

12/07/2011 — "...the nicest man I’ve ever known..."
12/08/2011 — Gunman practiced at shooting range before killings...

Monday, December 5, 2011

SWAT Team Finds Three Bodies


"FORT WORTH, TX — One man and two women were found dead on Monday in an apparent murder-suicide inside a Fort Worth home.

"According to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, the thee related adults were fatally shot in the 4800 block of Whispering Stream Court in the Eagle Mountain Lake area.

"Investigators said a friend or neighbor notified authorities after checking on the house and finding an ominous note posted, warning of residents being in danger.

"A SWAT team forced its way into the home at about 12:30 p.m. and discovered the tragic scene."


From KDFW...

UPDATE:

12/06/2011 — "He was happy living out here..."

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Heated Argument Ends Tragically


"CHELAN, WA — A Chelan couple's heated argument ended tragically just before midnight Saturday when the man shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself.

"Sgt. Jerry Moore, spokesman for the Chelan County Sheriff's Office said both the man, 47, and woman, 37 were dead in the bathroom of the family's mobile home on 35 Apple Acres Road when officers and emergency crews arrived on the scene.

"The couple's three children, ages 18, 15 and 13 were in the TV room at the time of the shootings, Moore said.

"The children were uninjured. They're now staying with extended family members, he said.

"Police are withholding the victims' names until next of kin are notified, Moore said.

"Investigators combed the crime scene last night. The bodies are at the coroner's office. Autopsy results are expected Tuesday, he said.

"`It's just an unfortunate tragedy,` Moore said. `We've got a lot of follow-up investigation to do. Until we interview the children, we won't know what they were arguing about.`"


Source: The Wenatchee World...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Teens Found Dead In Home


"PIKEVILLE, NC — The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible murder suicide after two teens were found dead inside a home.

"Officers responded to a call at 221 Sunridge Lane in Pikeville around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

"Deputies found 18-year-old Ryan Shelby unresponsive and slumped over at the dining room table with a gunshot wound to his head. They also found 19-year-old Raymond Samenki III unresponsive and lying on the kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to his head.

"A witness told deputies that he saw Samenski commit suicide after shooting Shelby.

"Deputies found a 38 caliber revolver in Samenski's hand.

"The bodies have been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy."


From WITN.com...

Coworker Finds Bodies Of Estranged Pair


"ESPY, PA — Investigators are trying to figure out why a Columbia County man shot and killed his wife, and then turned the gun on himself.

"Police said sometime between 7:00 and 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Todd Musselman shot and killed his estranged wife Michele and then shot himself. Investigators are calling it a murder-suicide, and they're trying to figure out why he did it.

"Sheila Koffer of Espy spent her morning in disbelief. `At four a.m. I got up and saw cars and the caution tape, everything was roped off. I saw them bring one body out and a few minutes later they brought another one out,` said Koffer.

"According to police reports the bodies were discovered by one of Todd's coworkers who went to the house [on the 2400 block of Old Berwick Road] after Todd did not show up for his shift. Investigators are trying to figure out why Michele, who was separated from her husband, was at his house in the first place.

"Police said that Todd was arrested last month for assault and all firearms were removed from the house. Investigators are trying to figure out how Todd got ahold of another gun."


From WNEP-TV...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Shooter Asks Friend To Call Police


"SAN BERNADINO, CA — A man who shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself in San Bernardino has been identified as 36-year-old Alonzo Demon Wallace.

"Wallace was found dead at his home in the 2400 block of North Windsor Drive on Tuesday. His unidentified girlfriend, who was shot in the head, was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center. She is expected to survive, police said.

"Police said the couple lived together in the home. Wallace shot his girlfriend and then called a friend. He told the friend to call the police. Officers arrived and found a handgun next to Wallace's body."


From The Sun...

Man Shoots Wife, 4 Kids Before Killing Himself


"BAY CITY, TX — A father fatally shot two of his children and wounded his wife and two other children at a Bay City trailer home on Wednesday afternoon before turning the gun on himself.

"The man opened fire after a conversation with his wife, killing their 3-year-old and their 5-year-old, officials said Thursday morning.

"The couple's 4-year-old and their 2-year-old are on life support, Bay City police spokesman Lt. Andrew Lewis said.

"Prompted by a call about a woman being shot, police responded to the trailer in the 2700 block of 10th Street about 3:18 p.m. Wednesday.

"Authorities confirmed that the alleged shooter was discovered dead with an apparent self-inflicted shot to his head. No names have been released."


From chron.com...

Depression Indicated In Murder/Suicide Of Brothers


"LOS ANGELES, CA — A 26-year-old man suffering from depression shot and killed his older brother before turning the gun on himself, Los Angeles police reported today.

"LAPD Rampart Division officers sent to a residence in the 800 block of North Coronado Street about 3 p.m. Tuesday were met by firefighters, who said there were two bodies inside.

"Detectives learned that Christopher Nguyen was being treated for depression and had recently been hospitalized for treatment.

"He went into the bedroom of his 28-year-old brother, Daniel Nguyen, and shot him as he slept, then shot himself, according to homicide Detective John Motto of the Rampart Division."


Source: Contra Costa Times...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two Dead In "Isolated Incident"


"JACKSONBURG, WV — Preliminary findings are that the deaths of a husband and wife in Jacksonburg Sunday were the result of a murder-suicide, according to Wetzel County Sheriff James Hoskins.

"A 50-year-old female and 52-year-old male were found dead inside their home on Richwood Run Road Sunday with Deputy Eric Daugherty pronouncing them dead at 12:03 p.m., according to Wetzel County Medical Examiner Carla McBee.

"Daugherty and a West Virginia State Police officer responded to a call the Wetzel County Sheriff's Department received at about 10:15 a.m. asking them to check on the well being of the two individuals there. `He found both bodies in the residence,` said Hoskins.

"They have been sent for autopsies to determine the exact cause or method of death and Hoskins said once the autopsies are completed, more information will be released. However, McBee said her initial findings at the scene put the female's death at 12 to 15 hours prior to the discovery and the male's death four to five hours before she assessed the scene.

"`It's really tragic that something like this happens,` said Hoskins. `Hopefully the family will be able to get through it all and move on.`

"He further tried to allay any fears in the community by saying, `It was an isolated incident. It is not something the public needs to be concerned with right now. There is no concern for public safety.`"


Source: Wetzel Chronicle....