Sunday, July 31, 2011

Love Triangle May Have Provoked Murder/Suicide

"ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL — Altamonte Springs police are investigating a shooting that left two men dead overnight.

"Officials said they received a call at about 3:24 a.m. from the Glades Apartments about a shooting incident.

"When the first officer arrived, he saw a man, in his 20s, armed with a gun. When the officer confronted the suspect, the man raised the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.

"The first victim suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest, police said.

"Witnesses at the scene said the incident may have started as a fight over a woman earlier at a party.

"Officials temporarily closed some streets in the apartment complex due to their investigation.

"The officer who witnessed the shooting was fresh out of training and new to the force. He is getting help through the department after witnessing the man kill himself."


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mental Health Issues Preceded Murder/Suicide

"GRANVILLE, OH — Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said the deaths of a 42 year old Granville woman and her 8-year-old son appear to be a murder-suicide.

"Deputies responded to a call of a shooting at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday and arrived at 4245 Outville Road to find Joyce Straight, 43, and Jeremy Straight, 8, each dead from gunshot wounds.

"The shootings appear to have taken place sometime between 4:30 a.m. when the woman’s husband left for work and 1:14 p.m. when he returned home.

"Detectives say it appears Mrs. Straight took the life of her son with a firearm and then turned the gun on herself.

"A report from the sheriff indicates that Mrs. Straight may have been experiencing some mental health issues which may have been a factor in the deaths.

"Autopsies will be performed Monday and detectives continue to talk to family members, according to Sheriff Thorp."



08/02/2011 — Shooter was heavily medicated...

Co-Habitants Dead After Domestic Disturbance

"CITRUS COUNTY, FL — Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies responded around 3:30 p.m. today to a domestic disturbance at 6439 W. Riverbend Road that ended in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

"The older male and female co-habitants suffered fatal gunshot wounds.

"Friends of the couple were on scene when the shootings occurred. The male friend received non-life-threatening injuries when he attempted to intervene, and was airlifted to Shands in Gainesville as a precaution.

"At some point, the two people who died will be transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Leesburg for autopsy.

"Next of kin has yet to be notified.

"CCSO crime scene technicians are currently processing the scene, and detectives are interviewing neighbors and witnesses."

From Citrus Daily...

Welfare Check Finds Two Dead

"SACRAMENTO, CA — Leslie R. Bellamy, 38, was one of two people found dead in a south Sacramento home Friday afternoon, a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman said this morning.

"`We are officially investigating these deaths as a murder-suicide,` said Deputy Jason Ramos.

"The coroner's office has yet to release the identity of the man, believed to be in his 60s, whom authorities allege killed Bellamy and then himself.

"Ramos declined to comment on the manner of death for either person, or whether a murder weapon had been found. Both bodies exhibited trauma, he said, and were located in separate rooms upstairs in Bellamy's rental home on Malt Court. There were no signs of forced entry.

"Deputies went to the Malt Court home around 2 p.m. Friday, after Bellamy's employer notified authorities that she had not come to work that morning. Eventually, homicide investigators were called to take over the scene.

"The homeowner, Trong Nguyen, said he was not very familiar with Bellamy. He said that she had lived at the home with a boyfriend. He reported `no problems whatsoever` with the couple since Bellamy had rented the home in May.

"Jeny Ryon said she was a friend of Bellamy's. She described the victim as `a caring friend and a loving mother` to two, including a son who recently enlisted in the Air Force. Bellamy chose nursing as her profession, Ryon said, because she loved helping people.

"`She would always give her all in a relationship,` Ryon said."

From Sacto 9-1-1...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Woman Beaten To Death With Baseball Bat

"LAKE WORTH, FL — Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what is believed to be a murder-suicide in the 4700 block of Mee Court in unincorporated Lake Worth.

"Investigators said that a man and woman have been confirmed dead, though the names of those involved have yet to be released pending notification of next of kin.

"The sheriff’s office believes the male involved beat his girlfriend to death with a baseball bat before hanging himself.

"The sheriff’s office received a call from an out-of-state relative of the deceased male on Friday afternoon, warning that the girlfriend’s life was in danger. Investigators said the relative was called by the male on Mee Court.

"PBSO arrived on the scene at about 4 p.m. and attempted to contact the male and female believed to be inside. They were not successful, so they forced entry into the home and found the bodies of both the male and female.

"The medical examiner was on scene for hours Friday afternoon. Investigators said that the deceased male was known to the sheriff’s office. They said that the woman did not reside in the home."


Father And Son Found Dead

"LOS GATOS, CA — Detectives with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the death of a father and son whose bodies were found in a home north of Los Gatos Wednesday as a murder-suicide, authorities said.

"The two men’s bodies were found inside a home in the 14000 block of Clara Street in unincorporated Santa Clara County on Wednesday, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

"Police have not released the names of the victims or a possible motive.

"The Mercury News has identified the men as 50-year-old Imad `Ed` Daou and his 22-year-old son Andrew.

"The newspaper’s unnamed sources described the elder Daou as a successful real estate developer with Civitaf Corp. who had recently suffered some kind of marital problems.

"Daou pushed his son to succeed, but the young basketball player’s straight-A high school and college career suffered after two bouts with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a trainer interviewed by the newspaper."

From KCBS...


08/05/2011 — Killer had previously threatened to end son's life...

Bodies Found After House Fire

"WATERBURY, CT — A 59-year-old Waterbury man shot and killed his 39-year-old daughter, doused the couch in accelerant and ignited it and then shot himself, police said.

"Police found the bodies of Audley Morgan, 59, and his daughter, Suzette Morgan, 39, while investigating a fire at 78 Clover Street on Thursday evening.

"Firefighters had a difficult time getting into the house because the doors and windows were secured with plywood and steel.

"The Morgans were from Jamaica, neighbors said, and believed the government was after them.

"Fire officials said the home should have been vacant.

"`The building was considered to be a vacant structure. The power was shut off to the building and the building was fortified to keep vagrants or persons out,` Asst. Fire Chief Mike Couture said.

"Neighbors said the victims who lived in the house were known as `The Umbrella Guys.` They were private people who weren't out in the public much, Hotchkiss said.

"`I only got as far as we are here, and then the windows blew out. By that time, the house was engulfed in flames. Flames were shooting out,` Ed Hotchkiss, a neighbor, said. `I saw the man mowing the lawn one time with just a canopy over him.`

"The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed autopsies and said it appeared that the father shot the daughter in the head, started the fire and then shot himself in the head. "


Double Shooting Suspect Takes Himself Out

"KANSAS CITY, MO — Kansas City police said the man accused of killing his girlfriend and her mother committed suicide on Thursday night.

"Police said Rufus Young was cornered by officers in the Crossland Economy Motel off 42nd Street in Independence at about 11 p.m.

"When officers approached Young’s motel room, they said they heard a gunshot.

"Young was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"Young had been charged with two counts of murder, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child. He was accused of killing Naushay Riley, 36, and Jackie Riley, 55, at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at a home on East 40th Terrace in Kansas City."


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Death And Cigarettes

"CENTER POINT, AL — A Center Point man shot his girlfriend three times and then killed himself after an argument that her trip to the store for cigarettes took too long.

"Around 12:45 a.m. today, Jefferson County sheriff's deputies received a 911 call from a hysterical girl saying that her mother had been shot at 1665 4th Place N.W. While deputies were en route to the home, they came up on a Chevrolet Blazer flashing its lights at them. The driver's head, face and shoulders were covered in blood, and she told them she had been shot, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

"The victim, 31-year-old Angela McCall Gulley, was walking around and laying across one of the deputy's patrol cars until she was asked to sit down. She was then taken to UAB Hospital.

"Deputies went inside the home and found blood on the door and floors, as well as five shell casings.

"Gulley's boyfriend, 29-year-old Henry Arnold, was dead on the floor.

"Gulley's 13-year-old daughter told deputies she was asleep when she was awakened by a gunshot. She ran to the front room to see Arnold shoot himself in the head, and called 911.

"Gulley told deputies that she and her sister had been drinking beer together at the home. Arnold got off work about 8:30 p.m. and also started drinking. Her sister left, and Gulley left to go to the store to buy cigarettes.

"When she returned, Arnold jumped her, wanting to know where she went and why it took her so long. She said she had only been gone about 30 minutes.

"During the argument, Arnold pulled a gun and began firing while they were in the living room. She said she ran out the door with her kids and cordless phone and called 911. She said she heard another shot but did not go back into the house.

"She got into her car and drove around the block trying to get help until police arrived.

"Gulley was shot in the right side of the head, the right side of her neck and her right shoulder.

"She is listed in serious condition at UAB Hospital."


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pregnant Woman Dead In Murder/Suicide

"UNION, SC — A group of Fairfield County children `were in close proximity` to an Upstate shooting that left two people dead on Tuesday, according to Union police.

"Officers said the children were at Veterans Park in Union on a field trip with the Fairfield County Recreation Department when the shooting happened. Investigators said Kerry Brown, 34, approached 20-year-old Rosemary Lee around 1:00pm and shot her several times with a pistol before turning the gun on himself.

"Officers said Lee was pregnant, and was with her family when she was killed. Police didn't say whether her baby survived. Investigators aren't sure what happened before the shooting.

"Police said none of the children present were injured during the shooting, but were in close proximity to the incident. Counseling is being provided by Fairfield County Sheriffs' Office in Fairfield.

"Officers said Brown has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1996, and could not lawfully possess a firearm."


Monday, July 25, 2011

Family Member Finds Bodies Of Dead Couple

"HEBRON, ND — The Morton County sheriff's department is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Hebron.

"The Bismarck Tribune reports that 56-year-old Dwile Krueger and 57-year-old Rosi Krueger were found dead early Sunday morning. They were married.

"Sheriff Dave Shipman says in a statement that a family member found the bodies of a man and woman in the couple's bedroom early Sunday morning [possibly here according to]. He says a gun was recovered from the scene.

"Shipman says autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday morning."


"I Sure Wasn't Expecting That"

"VISALIA, CA — A man and woman found dead early Monday in a northwest Visalia house are the victims of a murder-suicide, said Visalia Police Sgt. Gary Williams.

"Kathryn Bradshaw, 26, lived in the house on the 6300 block of West Thompson Avenue near North Roeben Street and West Ferguson Avenue. The other victim, Isaias Corona, 40, and Bradshaw were in a dating relationship, according to police.

"According to police Corona shot Bradshaw with a shotgun while she was in the bathroom adjacent to her bedroom before turning the gun on himself.

"A unnamed male relative who lives with the woman discovered the bodies and called police at 6:51 a.m., he said.

"With their arms around each other, the woman's father and grandfather hugged each other on the sidewalk in front of the house. The father, David Bradshaw, was in tears.

"`It's a tragedy,` he said.

"Howard Bradshaw, the grandfather, comforted his son.

"`I sure wasn't expecting that,` Howard Bradshaw said."

Source: Visalia Times-Delta...

3 Year Old Sleeps Through Grandparents' Murder/Suicide

"SHREVEPORT, LA — Shreveport Police believe some kind of argument led to an apparent murder-suicide in south Shreveport early Monday morning.

"Police have identified the victims as 49-year-old Carolyn Douglas and her husband, 40-year-old Ryan Douglas. They had reportedly been married about seven years.

"Police think Ryan Douglas shot his wife several times in one part of the house before going to another room and shooting himself.

"Investigators say they got a 911 call Monday morning about a domestic dispute and shots fired at a home on 831 Flournoy Lucas Road, near Kingston Rd. The call came from inside the home from the couple's daughter.

"The SWAT team was called out and entered the home about 6:00 a.m. Inside they found Carolyn Douglas dead in a family room and Ryan Douglas dead in a bedroom.

"The daughter's 3-year-old son, who was asleep inside the home, was brought out safely.

"Authorities believe the little boy was the couple's grandchild.

"Part of Flournoy Lucas Rd. near the crime scene has been shut down to traffic."


Argumentative Neighbors Found Dead In Home

"PANAMA CITY, FL — Around 7:30 Sunday night Bay County Sheriff's authorities went to do a welfare check at the request of a family member at a home located at 3421 Orchard Wood Road in Bayou George.

"Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office says when deputies got there; they were told the resident had been in a dispute with a neighbor. Deputies saw holes in the wall on the outside of the apartment that looked like bullet wounds. When authorities went inside, they found two men dead on the floor.

"Deputies found a gun close to one of the men and the apartment was locked with no signs of anyone trying to break in. Major Ford says the two involved were neighbors but their names are not being released because family members have not been notified.

"Residents are saying they heard gun shots in the area around 9:00 Saturday night. However, officials say it was not reported to the sheriff's office. Authorities do not believe anyone else was involved but are still on the scene investigating."



07/30/2011 — Suspect was well-armed...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bodies Found In Undisclosed Location

"PORT EDWARDS, WI — Authorities are investigating what they are calling `an apparent homicide-suicide` that occurred early Saturday morning in Port Edwards.

"At about 1 a.m. Saturday, Steven M. Haller, 48, and his wife, Ann W. Haller, 42, both of 221 LaVigne Ave., were found dead at an undisclosed location, according to a news release from Port Edwards Assistant Police Chief Lonn Radtke. There were no signs of struggle at the scene.

"A small-caliber handgun was used, according to the release. Ann Haller purchased the gun and picked it up on Friday. The couple sent text messages to family members prior to the incident.

"The Wood County Coroner’s Office, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and the Port Edwards Police Department are investigating the incident."

Source: Wausau Daily Herald...

Man Drowns Himself After Stabbing Wife

"LOS ANGELES, CA — A man apparently tried to murder his wife by stabbing her in the neck and then drowned himself in the pool at the couple's Chatsworth home early this morning, police said.

"A domestic violence call from a home on the 20200 block of Lassen Street was received at 12:30 a.m., said Los Angeles police Sgt. John Kielbasa of the LAPD's Devonshire Station.

"Responding officers found a woman stabbed in the neck and a man drowned in the pool, Kielbasa said.

"The injured woman was transported to a hospital for treatment of her stab wound. Her current condition was unknown.

"The domestic violence case appeared to be an attempted murder/suicide, he said.

"The names of the woman and the deceased man were not immediately released by authorities.

"The investigation remains ongoing, Kielbasa said."


Terrified Kids Run From Roller Rink Murder/Suicide

"GRAND PRAIRIE, TX — Grand Prairie police say six people were shot and killed and four others were wounded at a roller skating rink Saturday evening.

"Police said gunfire broke out around 7 o'clock during a domestic dispute between a husband and wife at a private birthday party at Forum Roller World, 1900 South Great Southwest Parkway.

"The man pulled out a gun and began shooting, police said. Five people were killed and four others were wounded.

"`It appears to be a domestic situation at this point, and it appears that the suspect did die from self-inflicted gun wounds,` said Grand Prairie police Chief Steve Dye.
Watch Chief Dye's news conference

"The ages of the victims were not released, but police said they range from teens to young adults.

"`We are still working on identifying the victims and we are still working on notifying the families,` Chief Dye said. `Most, if not all of the victims at this point appear to be Asian.`

"People were seen running from the skating rink.

"`They just looked terrified,` said Cody Poston. `There's several people crying. The kids were just kind of oblivious, I mean, they were ranging from four to 10 years old.`"


Police Arrive In Time To Hear Gunshots

"READING, PA — Reading police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide at 139 North Front Street, investigators said Saturday.

"Officials withheld the names of the two victims while they tried to make contact with their next of kin.

"They said only that they were a male and a female who both died of apparent gunshot wounds.

"Officers taped off a portion of the block Saturday night as scores of onlookers crowded against the crime-scene tape to watch investigators, police officers and members of the Berks County coroner's office go in and out of the row house.

"Within minutes after police were called to the scene, the block was teeming with officers, some wearing protective vests and armed with rifles.

"Sgt. John M. Solecki of the city police criminal investigations division gave this account:

"Officers were called to the home just before 8 p.m. for reports of a possible homicide. When they arrived, officers heard shots coming from inside the home.

"`Upon hearing the gunshot, the officers entered immediately,` Solecki said.

"They found the female dead on the first floor and the man—dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot—upstairs. No one else was in the home.

"Officers believe the man shot the woman and later shot himself as officers arrived.

"Police are still investigating when the first killing happened and the relationship between the two people."

Source: Reading Eagle...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Motorcycle Madness

"FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Three people were killed and one was critically wounded in an apparent murder-suicide shooting at a northern Arizona motorcycle rally, authorities said Saturday.

"The shooting occurred late Friday at a campground at Mormon Lake, about 56 kilometres southeast of Flagstaff. The victims were all participants in the annual `Too Broke for Sturgis` motorcycle rally, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

"Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said two men and a woman were killed. Another woman from the same group was shot six times and was in critical condition at Flagstaff Medical Center following emergency surgery.

"Two other women in the party were taken to the same hospital to be treated for shock, Blair said.

"The victims' names were being withheld pending notification of family.

"Blair said Saturday the shootings were `beginning to look more and more like a murder-suicide because we don't believe there is a suspect still out there.`

"At the scene, investigators learned the two women had been sitting in chairs outside a camper when they were shot. One man was found shot several times. The other man was found dead on the ground with a handgun near his hand, Blair said.

"Blair added that deputies assigned to the rally heard what sounded like gunshots at about 11:20 p.m. Soon after, a flood of calls came into the police emergency system advising dispatchers of a shooting with multiple victims at the campground.

"About 2,000 people were attending this year's motorcycle rally in the small community of Mormon Lake. Blair said the promoter has cancelled the remainder of the event."

From CTV...

Two Weeks After Murder Killer Botches Suicide

"INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, FL — Police are planning to charge a husband with murder in the death of his wife and then trying to kill himself.

"Police said David R. Ernst, 42, killed his wife Darlene Mayfield, 59, at their home at 1916 1st St.

"Police said they will charge Ernst with second-degree murder when he recovers from his Thursday suicide attempt; he told officials he had taken unknown medications.

"Ernst is under guard at a local hospital.

"While investigating the attempted suicide, deputies learned Ernst had made statements to a neighbor that he had killed his wife. Deputies found a decomposing body in the bathtub of the upstairs bathroom.

"The body was badly decomposed and detectives could not identify it as Mayfield, or observe any obvious signs of trauma, until Friday.

"Detectives said Ernst told them he had suffocated his wife about two weeks ago during an argument then placed her in the bathtub."

From Tampa Bay Online...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Detectives Suspect Patient Killed Psychiatrist

"MCLEAN, VA — Police are investigating what they believe is a murder-suicide involving a McLean psychiatrist and his patient.

"Two people were found dead in a McLean home in the 8600 block of Tebbs Lane Friday afternoon. Police were called to the home at approximately 4:15 p.m. for a report of gunshots. Officers found the bodies of two people, a man and a woman.

"The man has been preliminarily identified as a 71-year-old resident of the home, where he lived and worked as a psychiatrist. The woman, 62, had been his patient. The preliminary determination of detectives is that the patient shot the doctor, then herself.

"Identification of the man will be withheld pending an autopsy. The woman’s identify is being withheld until family members are notified. The investigation is continuing."


Motive Unknown In Bank Murder/Suicide

"MONCKS CORNER, SC — Two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in downtown Moncks Corner.

"The shooting occurred at Southcoast Bank on Main Street in downtown Moncks Corner shortly after 5 p.m.

"According to witness accounts, a gunman entered the bank and after unconfirmed activity in the bank shot and killed a bank employee.

"Upon leaving the bank, the gunman ran around to the back of the building and turned the gun on himself.

"The gunman has been identified as Charles Boyette, 61, of Moncks Corner. The bank employee who Boyette reportedly fatally shot has been identified as Mary Ann Cox, 44, of Moncks Corner.

"Restaurant employees at Miz Scarlett’s Table across the railroad tracks from the bank reported hearing two gunshots. Employees who asked not to be identified said they were instructed to close and lock the doors.

"Law enforcement personnel from both the Moncks Corner Police Department and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office cordoned off the downtown Main Street section of town around the bank as the coroner’s office investigated the crime scene."

From The Berkeley Independent...


07/23/2011 — Shooter was ex-cop...
07/24/2011 — Victim had sought protection from ex-cop...
07/25/2011 — Case closed... that was fast!

Mother And Son Escape Dad's Wrath

"CORTLAND, IL — A man suspected of shooting two people in a Cortland home Thursday night before killing himself was the father and estranged husband of the victims, police said Friday.

"Michael L. Sebourn, 46, of Redfield, Ark., was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. Friday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the home of his estranged wife.

"Before shooting himself, Sebourn had fired several other shots, two of which struck his son and estranged wife. The son, 18, sustained a grazing wound in his shoulder area and was treated and released at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. His mother, 45, was struck in the pelvic area and transferred to a Rockford hospital with a nonlife-threatening injury, according to DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott.

"Scott said authorities believe Sebourn had lived in the Cortland home at 11 E. Railroad Avenue until the couple separated about two years ago. They believe he left his home in Arkansas either Tuesday or Wednesday to come to Illinois, where he arrived unexpectedly.

"Sebourn was in the house when his wife and son arrived home shortly before 10 p.m. Scott said there was no evidence of forced entry.

"Shortly after, a struggle ensued between Sebourn and his son, and his wife ran outside to flag down a Cortland police officer who was across the street on routine patrol.

"Scott said the officer did not know Sebourn was armed when she entered the residence, and Sebourn began firing shots. With the officer's assistance, the two victims were able to flee the house and entered a DeKalb Police squad car which transported them to a nearby ambulance."

Source: Daily Chronicle...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mother & Daughter Found Dead In Bathtub

"EGG HARBOR TWP, NJ — The bodies of a woman and her 9-month old daughter were found in the bathtub of a motel room in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

"The discovery was made early Thursday morning at the Econo Lodge Motel along Black Horse Pike.

"The victims were identified as 40-year old Tracy Marie Moody, a Pennsylvania mother of five and her infant daughter Isabella Ann Marie Moody.

"According to Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel, Moody checked into the motel on July 18 and was expected to leave sometime Wednesday.

"When Moody did not check out, motel management went to her room, and made the discovery of the bodies.

"A preliminary autopsy from the Atlantic County Medical Examiner indicates that Moody drowned the young child, before drowning herself."

From WPVI-TV...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Killer Commits Suicide As Cops Close In

"NEW ORLEANS, LA — New Orleans Police say a man wanted for allegedly killing his father killed himself today as officers chased him.

"Investigators say as cops closed in on the suspect during a car chase, the suspect began to stop and then committed suicide in the car near the intersection of 18th Street and Fleur De Lis Drive.

"`This was almost instantaneously,` Commander Marlon Defillo said at the scene. `As the person slowed, he placed the gun to his own head and fired the shot.`

"Police say the suspect died at the hospital a short time later.

"Robert Rider Jr. was wanted for the beating death of Robert Rider Sr. last week.

"The 73-year-old father was found bludgeoned in his house on Milne Blvd. near the I-610 in Lakeview.

"Police quickly identified the victim's son as a suspect in his murder."


Couple In Critical Condition After Botched Murder/Suicide

"ORLANDO, FL — Deputies are investigating an attempted murder-suicide after a couple was found shot in their Orange County home.

"The husband and wife were rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center after they were found on the floor unresponsive with gunshot wounds to the head, according to deputies.

"Deputies said they are still trying to piece together what happened.

"It all started at the couple’s home on Gaymar Drive late Tuesday night. Eyewitnesses said they heard arguing and then multiple gunshots.

"`They were drinking and arguing most of the day. She (a witness) heard a gunshot inside of the bedroom, didn't hear anything else, called to them, no one answered so she called 911,` said Capt. Denise Demps-Rollins, Orange County Sheriff's Office.

"Emergency crews said when they arrived at the scene, they found the couple on the bedroom floor non responsive, but still breathing. Officials said both had gunshot wounds to the head.

"Deputies said they still don’t know who pulled the trigger."


Monday, July 18, 2011

Love Triangle Suspected In Arizona Murder/Suicide

"PHOENIX, AZ — A man apparently shot his roommate and then shot himself after an argument, possibly over a woman, broke out in the parking lot of a Phoenix apartment complex early Monday morning, Phoenix police said.

"Phoenix police responded to Highland Gardens Apartments near 15th Street and Camelback Road about 5:45 a.m., said Sgt. Trent Crump, spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.

"Officers found two men, believed to be in their 20s, in critical condition with gunshot wounds, Crump said.

"Authorities pronounced one man dead at the scene. The other man was taken to an area hospital where he, too, was pronounced dead.

"The shooting seems to have stemmed from an ongoing feud between the two roommates, possibly over a woman, Crump said. The men had been at a party until early Monday morning before the shooting occurred.

"Investigators said they are not looking for any suspects, because they believe this was a murder-suicide."


Botched Robbery Ends In Murder/Suicide

"WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Two men died Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide after they robbed a convenience store in northeastern Winston-Salem and then tried to flee from police on foot, city police said.

"The incident started about 12:40 p.m., when Trayvon Donnell McDaniel and Stephon Lavell Royster, both 22 and armed with handguns, robbed the EZ Pass Convenience Store on 559 Akron Drive as well as the clerk, police Capt. David Clayton said.

"About 50 minutes later, police officers searching for a dark SUV saw a black Ford Explorer near Old Rural Hall Road, police said. Before police officers could stop the SUV, the driver went into a private driveway, and the two men took off on foot.

"Several police officers chased McDaniel and Royster on foot, and other officers set up a perimeter several blocks long, including Ohio Street, Voss Street and Old Rural Hall Road, Clayton said.

"Police officers found McDaniel and Royster in a wooded field near the intersection of Old Rural Hall and the 5200 block of Cox Boulevard.

"About 2:20 p.m., as police officers approached the two men, they heard two gunshots, one right after the other.

"Neither man had fired at the police officers, and the officers had not fired at either man. But McDaniel and Royster fell to the ground, each with a gunshot wound to the head and a small-caliber handgun lying nearby, Clayton said.

"One of the men apparently shot the other and then himself, police said. An autopsy will confirm who shot whom.

"McDaniel was pronounced dead at the scene. Royster was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he died.

"`It was a dangerous situation for the officers,` Clayton said. `We're just glad that they chose not to shoot at the officers.`

"Police found evidence linking McDaniel and Royster to the convenience store robbery, Clayton said."



07/19/2011 — Owner of SUV was third death in this murder/suicide...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Domestic Disturbance Leaves Two Dead

"CHIPLEY, FL — Washington County authorities have released the identities of two people killed in an apparent murder-suicide at 3008 Wyatt Drive in Wausau.

"Found dead at the scene were Louise Marie Davis, 43, and Gregory Lynn Davis, 49.

"WCSO said that in the early morning hours of Friday, the Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from the residence on Wyatt Drive requesting EMS assistance. The call is believed to have been placed by Louise Davis, requesting EMS assistance for her mother because she had fallen in the shower.

"Initial investigation revealed Gregory Davis had come to the home and attacked both his wife, Louise, and mother-in-law, Marie Riley, 72, before allowing Riley to flee the home. WCSO said he then shot his wife and himself.

"The investigation is still ongoing at this time and additional details will be released as they become available, WCSO said."

From the Panama City News Herald...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Suicide Bid Fails After Wife Shoots Hubby

"WARNER ROBINS, GA — An apparent murder-suicide attempt Friday in Warner Robins left a man dead and a woman in critical condition, according to a news release from Warner Robins police.

"About 6 p.m., officers went to 119 Jay Drive after receiving a report that there was a dead person there. According the report, officers found Brian Smith, 30, of Warner Robins, dead with several gunshots to his upper torso and then found his wife, Ebony Smith, 30, in the back bedroom. Officers determined she had shot her husband and attempted to kill herself by taking medication, according to the report.

"Ebony Smith was taken to the Houston Medical Center for treatment and is currently listed in critical condition, according to the report. She is being charged with felony murder in connection with this incident, according to the report."


Family Member Makes Gruesome Discovery

"EATONVILLE, WA — A man and woman were found dead Friday at a home near Eatonville in an apparent murder-suicide, Pierce County officials said.

"Law enforcement personnel responded to the scene, in the 38200 block of 112th Avenue East, around 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The site is near Ohop Lake and the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

"Detectives say a family member made the gruesome discovery of the dead man and woman inside and called police.

"Investigators say all signs point to a murder-suicide -- the murder weapon was found in the home and the rest of the home looked untouched.

"Detectives say the homeowner was retired military who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"`He was struggling with some issues,` said neighbor Russ Thompson. `Don't know what exactly. My wife went over there one night and talked him out of killing himself.`

"Detectives are still on scene continuing their investigation.

"The identities of the couple and the cause of their deaths were not immediately released."


Friday, July 15, 2011

Dad Comes Home To Fiery Horror

"STREATOR, IL — Investigators believe that arson, homicide and suicide explain the deaths of two boys and their mother inside a home destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon northeast of Streator.

"Jennifer L. Shepard, 36, is believed to have taken her own life and killed her sons, Jordan, 11, and Jake, 12, and the house was set on fire intentionally, according to La Salle County sheriff’s and coroner’s offices.

"Autopsies Friday showed stab and/or cutting wounds to the mother and the boys, and a weapon was recovered. Firefighters found the three in a second-floor bedroom at 2136 N. 18th Road, about four miles northeast of Streator.

"Authorities are awaiting the final autopsy and toxicology reports and an arson report.

"The homeowner, Gary Shepard, was on his way home from work Thursday when he spotted his house on fire from a mile away and called 911 at about 3:15 p.m. Firefighters and deputies responded to the fire. Flames drove back attempts by Gary Shepard and a deputy to enter the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

"The fire and fatalities remain under investigation by the La Salle County agencies and Office of the State Fire Marshal."

From the News Tribune...

Long-Term Relationship Ends Abruptly

"WILLOWBROOK, IL — An apparent murder-suicide in an unincorporated area near Willowbrook that happened late Thursday night is under investigation by the DuPage County Sheriff’s department.

"In a news release, spokeswoman Dawn Domrose said officers responded to reports of gunshots on the 10S400 block of Echo Lane. The reports said that a man had shot a woman.

"When officers arrived, they found a man and a woman dead from gunshot wounds. Domrose said the two were in a long-term dating relationship.

"No further information has been released as authorities attempt to contact family."

Source: Daily Herald...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

NY Pair Pronounced Dead At Scene

"FLUSHING, NY — An apparent murder-suicide claimed the lives of a 51-year-old Queens woman and a Manhattan man in Flushing Wednesday afternoon, police said.

"Lori Eng, of Flushing, was discovered just after 5 p.m. by police in front of 142-46 56th Road, which is near New York Hospital Queens. She had two gunshots to the torso, police said.

"David Chea, 55, of Manhattan, was also found with a gunshot to head, police said.

"Both Eng and Chea were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"An investigation into the incident is ongoing, but police said the shooting appeared to be a murder-suicide.

"A .38-caliber firearm was recovered by police at the scene."

Source: DouglastonPatch...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Drive Up Murder/Suicide In Broad Daylight

"DIXON. MO — A shooting in broad daylight in Dixon, Missouri leaves two men dead on a city street.

"The city marshal says night the shooting happened Wednesday about 6:30pm outside a home at 104 east 4th Street.

"It was a murder-suicide.

"Marshal Cliffty Yoakum says the woman who lives there and others several who live on the street, saw the woman's estranged husband, 30 year old Gary Wayne Ball drive up.

"When the woman's boyfriend, Theron Parlin approached the car, Ball shot the 32 year old in the head and continued to shoot until he emptied the clip on his 9 millimeter handgun.

"Witnesses say Ball then put in another clip and shot himself. He died at the scene a short time later.

"Ball was from Dixon.

"Parlin was from Colorado Springs, CO, but had been working as a contractor at Fort Leonard Wood."

From KRCG13...

"The Lord Was Looking Out For Her"

"JONESVILLE, SC — Union County sheriff’s investigators believe a shooting near Jonesville early Monday was an attempted murder and suicide.

"Barry Keith Thompson, 47, and Jackie Lynn Thompson, 43, of 125 Hoyt Drive, both suffered gunshot wounds to the head, said Union County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Perry Haney.

"One of the couple’s children called 911 just before 7 a.m. Monday and reported the shooting. Deputies recovered a .25-caliber pistol at the home, Haney said.

"Barry Thompson died of his injuries after he was taken to Wallace Thompson Hospital, Deputy Coroner John Fallaw said.

"Jackie Thompson was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, where she is recovering.

"Investigators think Barry Thompson shot his wife, then shot and killed himself, Haney said Wednesday. The chief deputy didn’t elaborate, but said the couple was having problems. However, there was no evidence of an argument before the shooting, he said.

"Evidence is still being analyzed by the State Law Enforcement Division.

"`We don’t anticipate any arrests,` Haney said. `(Jackie Thompson) is very lucky; the Lord was looking out for her.`"


Couple Had No Reported History Of Domestic Violence

"HOLDEN, LA — Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide.

"The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported the incident happened on Tickfaw Acres in Holden.

"Deputies said they received a 911 call around 9:15 a.m. from a family member who doesn't live at the home.

"A husband and wife in their mid-60s were found dead in their home.

"Their names have not been released.

"Autopsies are pending to determine the exact cause of their deaths.

"Investigators said family members told them they were with the couple Tuesday night and there didn't appear to be any problems.

"Officials also said there was no reported history of domestic violence at the home."


Death On The 19th Floor

"SANDY SPRINGS, GA — A man and woman were found dead in a Sandy Springs home Wednesday morning, according to the Sandy Springs Police Department. Police said it was a murder-suicide.

"Around 10 a.m., Irene and Jamal Mickens were found at a 19th-floor condo in the Park Towers complex on Hammond Drive. The couple was married but separated, according to Sandy Springs police spokesman Steve Rose.

"Irene Mickens previously filed a family violence complaint against her husband in March 2009. It resulted in a temporary restraining order but was dismissed the next month. She also filed for divorce in April, but it was dismissed two months later.

"Irene Mickens was last seen arriving at the Park Towers condo Tuesday. Rose said her husband had invited her over around 6 p.m. Sometime between then and early the next morning, Jamal Mickens shot her in the head and then himself, Rose said.

"When police found the bodies, the couple’s two children, 7-year-old Evan and 5-year-old Ava, were missing. Officers later found the children at their father’s sister’s home in McDonough, where he dropped them off before the shooting, Rose said."


Wife Survives Attempted Murder/Suicide

"EAST ROCKINGHAM, NC — Deputies responded to a domestic call on 1st Avenue Aleo to find both parties had been shot.

"Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge explained Tuesday afternoon the man—Richard Roberts, 49, of the residence—was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife - 40-year-old Elizabeth Roberts, also of the residence—suffered multiple wounds in the attack.

"She is being treated at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

"`Once deputies arrived, a family member came running out the door yelling that their mother had been shot,` Gulledge said. `In the home, they found the mother lying in a bedroom with gunshot wounds. The man was also lying in the bedroom, where he was pronounced dead.`

"Three witnesses, ranging in age from 14 to 21, were in the home at the time of the shooting."

From the Daily Journal...

Dad Discovers Triple Murder/Suicide

"KENNER, LA — Kenner police say a preliminary investigation leads them to believe a 29-year-old mother shot her three young children and then turned the gun on herself, on one of the deadliest days in Kenner this year.

"The investigation is ongoing and police are interviewing the father of the children, but Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway said the early signs point to the shooting being a murder-suicide.

"The shooting happened Tuesday in the 3800 block of East Louisiana State Drive around 5 p.m. The victims in the shooting were identified as: Nadia Braxton, 29; Kayla Peters, 12; a 1-year-old child, Nayah Peters and a 6-month-old, Nyla Peters.

"Caraway said the bodies were found by the husband. He told police that he had been at work since 6 a.m., and when he got home, he called out for his children but didn't hear anything.

"`When he didn't hear anything, he eventually walked upstairs and found them, all of the kids, lying in the bed,` Caraway said. Caraway added that the body of the wife was found in the same bed.

"The mother suffered a gunshot wound to her forehead, Caraway said. The 1-year-old and the 6-month-old also both suffered gunshot wounds to the forehead. The Kenner Police Department hasn't released information about how the 12-year-old was killed.

"Caraway said police haven't found any evidence tying the shooting to the father, but he said it's `far too early to assume anything.`"


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Double Shooting" Declared Murder/Suicide

"MILLINGTON, TN — The investigation of a double shooting at a house in the 6500 block of Walsh Road has been declared a murder-suicide, Shelby County sheriff’s deputies say.

"According to authorities, 51-year-old Regina Daniel and 63-year-old Troy Daniel were found shot in their home in Millington around 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2011. Troy Daniel, who was found lying in the kitchen, was shot twice in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Shot multiple times, Regina Daniel was taken to The MED in serious condition for her injuries, and died around 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011."


Police: Evidence Points To Murder/Suicide

"MILTON, FL — The Milton Police Department is investigating what is believed to be a murder-suicide.

"Milton dispatch received a 9-11 call from a home located on 6401 Sellers Drive around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

"Police are investigating the death of Ronald and Idola Duffy, both of who are in their 70’s.

"According to the Milton Police the evidence officers have found are leading them to believe this was a murder-suicide."


Argument Over Visitation Rights Leaves Two Dead

"BAY SHORE, NY — Police on Long Island are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred in Bay Shore early Tuesday morning.

"Suffolk County police responded to Spruce Street at 1:07 a.m. after receiving a call of a domestic dispute. When officers arrived, they discovered a man and woman had been fatally shot.

"Police believe Jason Jenkins, 27, entered the apartment with a shotgun and had a dispute with his ex-girlfriend, Sanita Williams, 26, over visitation rights of their 3-month-old daughter. Authorities say Jenkins fatally shot Williams in the living room and then shot himself.

"Williams shared the apartment with her sister, Shanna Jordan. Jordan, 30, jumped out a window of the second-story apartment. She was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore via ambulance for treatment of a broken leg.

"A 12-year old boy, 5-year-old girl and the couple's infant were in the apartment at the time of the shooting."

From WABC-TV...

"Terrible Smell" Leads To Disturbing Discovery

"SPRINGFIELD, MO — Springfield police are investigating a possible murder-suicide at 1407 West Mt. Vernon Street, police spokesman Matt Brown said this morning.

"Brown said police found a man and a woman dead in a second-story bedroom.

"Neighbors said they called police at 1:30 a.m. after smelling a `terrible smell` coming from a duplex in the neighborhood.

"`I said, 'I know we need to call the cops because I know something is wrong,'` said neighbor Angela Faiers.

"Several neighbors said the duplex was occupied by a husband and wife. The woman was last seen on Friday, several neighbors said this morning.

"Brown said police went to the residence Sunday afternoon as well but saw nothing suspicious.

"At 1:46 a.m., police returned to the duplex apartment when neighbors complained of a smell that made some sick.

"Reporting officers also noticed the smell, then called a supervisor who authorized entry into the back door.

"Police would not comment on injuries or evidence."



07/13/2011 — Couple had history of domestic violence...
07/14/2011 — Couple died of "sharp force neck injuries"...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Domestic Dispute Leaves One Dead, One Critical

"WEST GOSHEN, PA — A 37-year-old Chester County woman was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head this morning after an apparent murder-suicide attempt by her estranged husband, police said.

"West Goshen Township officers responded to a residence in the 800 block of Steward Lane at 5:34 a.m. There, they found Mary Takacs bleeding from a head wound. Her estranged husband, Michael Takacs, 53, was lying on the kitchen floor and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"Mary Takacs was taken to Paoli Memorial Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"West Goshen Police Capt. Joseph J. Gleason said that an investigation is continuing, but early indications suggest a domestic dispute. He said Michael Takacs had moved out of the residence about two months ago and was living in an apartment nearby.

"Two boys, ages 9 and 2, were in the home at the time and were not injured, Gleason said. He said both boys were in the temporary custody of friends."


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Father And Daughter Found Hanging In Tree

"SAN JUAN, PR — Puerto Rico police say a 30-year-old man apparently hanged his 4-year-old daughter from a backyard tree and then used another noose to kill himself.

"Police spokesman Anibal Cortes said a neighbor discovered the bodies hanging from the same tree Sunday morning in the eastern mountain town of San Lorenzo.

"Cortez says Pedro Montanez Montanez was being investigated for domestic violence allegations reported two weeks ago by his estranged wife, the mother of the young girl.

"Investigators say no further details were immediately available, citing an ongoing probe."


Home Invasion Preceded Murder/Suicide

"WEARE, NH — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a man and woman at 1724 River Road in Weare this morning.

"`It appears the male killed the female, then killed himself,` Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said.

"She would not release the names or ages of the victims, or their relationship to each other. A 911 call brought Weare police to the scene at 6:30 a.m.

"Morrell said 90 minutes earlier, the man involved in the apparent murder-suicide went to a home at 477 Concord Stage Road armed with a shotgun.

"He entered the residence and fired the gun, but it misfired, she said. No one was hurt.

"`We're trying to establish a motive for the home invasion,` Morrell said.

"She said it was `too soon to say` what weapon was used to kill the woman on River Road. A firearm appeared to be used in the suicide, she said.

"A stretch of River Road from Rockland Road to Concord Stage Road has been closed since early this morning as State Police and the Major Crimes Unit investigate.

"`I think all the residents I've talked to are shocked,` Weare Police Chief Gregory Begin said.

"Morrell said there is no indication the public is at risk."

Source: Union Leader...


07/11/2011 — Victim was in hot water at age 15 (video)...
07/12/2011 — Killer was victim's fiance's son...
07/12/2011 — Victim was stabbed, strangled, and beaten...
07/12/2011 — Victim was involved in bitter, public custody battle with ex...
11/06/2012 — Final report issued...

Woman Dead, Shooter Critical In Botched Murder/Suicide

"PENSACOLA, FL — The Escambia County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder-attempted suicide.

"People living at the Hunters Oaks Apartments (7591 W. Highway 98) in West Pensacola called 911 after hearing gunshots around 9:30 a.m. Witnesses say a man and a woman were arguing in their apartment. The man shot at her and she ran to another nearby apartment. He chased after her. The people who live in that apartment ran out. They heard several gunshots.

"`Our patrol deputies were unable to make contact with the suspect or victim inside the apartment,` said sheriff’s office spokesman Chris Welborn. `Our SWAT and Hostage Negotiations Teams were then called out.`

"SWAT deputies made entry into the apartment around 11:00 a.m. They found 33-year-old Teva Bradley suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and the body of a 27-year-old woman.

"Bradley was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

"Deputies believe Bradley killed the woman before shooting himself. The Sheriff’s Office are not releasing the victim’s name until her family is notified."


Victim Survives With Minor Injuries

"KNIGHTDALE, NC — A man shot his wife inside their Knightdale home Saturday afternoon before turning the gun on himself, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"She was taken to WakeMed Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

"Officers arrived at the home, at 201 Hope Valley Road, shortly after 4 p.m. A 14-year-old child was inside the home at the time, but was not injured, police said.

"A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she saw a teenage girl run from the home screaming late in the afternoon.

"No other details were released."


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Attempted Murder/Suicide Leaves One Dead

"ELBERTA, AL — Police say an Elberta man attacked his wife with a knife while she was still asleep Saturday morning. Eveyln Polk was stabbed multiple times in the head and chest. Evelyn managed to escape and run to a neighbor's house to call 911, but before police could arrive, her husband pullled a gun and shot himself.

"Eddie Polk was pronounced dead at the scene. Evelyn Polk was airlifted to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. She's expected to be okay.

"It happened early Saturday morning at the couple's mobile home on Daw Road off County Road 83. Investigators say just two days ago, Eddie Polk tried to kill himself. Investigators say Polk tried to overdose on prescription sleep pills."


Bodies Found At Home

"LAKE GEORGE, NY — The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder-suicide at a home on Elizabeth Street.

"Police were called to 3 Elizabeth St. for a shooting around 7:30 Saturday morning. Upon arrival, they found the husband and wife, who are reported to be in their mid-40s, with gunshot wounds. It is believed they resided in the area for about five years.

"Autopsies are being performed at Albany Medical Center."



07/11/2011 — Motive remains a mystery...

Friday, July 8, 2011

Woman Hospitalized After Attempted Murder/Suicide

"VIPER, KY — Police in Perry County are investigating an apparent murder-suicide.

"Police say they responded to a shooting call at Campbell Branch in the Viper Community around 6:25 p.m. Thursday. Preliminary investigation indicates Jeffery David Branson, 49, shot Pamela Joy Smith, 44, and then turned the gun on himself.

"EMS transported Smith to Hazard ARH. She was later transferred to UK Hospital. There is no word on her condition.

"A Perry County coroners office official pronounced Branson dead at the scene.

"Police continue to investigate."


One Dead In Attempted Murder/Suicide

"GUNLOCK, KY — A double shooting leaves one man dead and a teenager in the hospital.

"It happened in the Molly Branch area of Magoffin County.

"Police say a man shot a 19-year old before killing himself.

"The Magoffin County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police and the Magoffin County Rescue Squad were all at the scene on Highway 7 on Wednesday afternoon.

"`Received a call at around 4:01 p.m. about a shooting in Gunlock, Kentucky of Magoffin County,` Deputy James Harless said.

"Police are unable to give much information about this at this time because it is an ongoing investigation but say two males were involved in this shooting.

"`Nineteen year old male who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds who was treated and transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia. The shooter is a 36 year old white male with apparent self inflicted gunshot wound,` Deputy Harless said.

"The Magoffin County Coroner confirmed the older victim was shot in the head and was dead at the scene.

"The body of the 36-year-old was taken to Salyersville Funeral Home.

"Police have not released the names of those involved."


Family Of Three Was Facing Eviction

"CANTON, GA: — Canton Police found a boyfriend, girlfriend and their 2-year-son apparently shot to death in the couple’s apartment on Ridge Road early Friday morning. Authorities believe it was a double murder and suicide.

"Officials received a 911 call from the boyfriend’s brother at 5:45 a.m. and police were dispatched to the apartment complex at 3145 Ridge Road, off Marietta Highway near Univeter Road, according to authorities. Once at the scene, police found the three bodies near the entrance to one of the two bedrooms of the apartment, Canton Police Lt. German Rivas said.

"Rivas said they all died from apparent gunshot wounds. There was a rifle located in the apartment, but police are still investigating whether that was the weapon used.

"The boyfriend’s brother told police that the male, who is in his early 30s, and the woman, said to be in her late 20s, were having financial problems and were set to move out of the apartment Friday or Saturday, Rivas said. No names have been released pending family notification.

"Rivas said police were called out to the location last year after the boyfriend had locked himself in the bathroom and threatened to hurt himself, Rivas said."


Spree Shooter Kills 7 Before Shooting Himself

"GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A gunman opened fire in two Michigan homes Thursday, killing his daughter, ex-girlfriend and five other people before leading police on a high-speed chase and taking hostages inside a stranger's home.

"The five-hour standoff ended when he killed himself as authorities were telling him how to surrender.

"The hostages were released unharmed, and 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler died at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.

"The manhunt for Dantzler began earlier in the day after four people were found dead in one Grand Rapids home and three were discovered in another across town. Two of the dead were children.

"`It makes no sense to try to rationalize it, what the motives were,` Police Chief Kevin Belk said. `You just cannot come up with a logical reason why someone takes seven peoples' lives.`

"Following the discovery of the bodies, Dantzler led officers on a high-speed chase, crashed his car and took hostages he did not know inside a random home, police said. Dozens of officers with guns drawn cordoned off a neighborhood near a small lake in the northern part of the city and shut down nearby Interstate 96.

"During the standoff, Dantzler fired sporadically at officers and inside the house. He vacillated between threatening to shoot the hostages and pleading with police to take him out, even asking negotiators whether there were snipers outside the home and where he should stand, Belk said.

"But he changed course after several hours and asked how he could surrender. Belk said officers were talking with him on the phone about how to turn himself in when they heard the gunshot.

"`At the time the incident occurred, he was talking about coming out, giving himself up,` Belk said. `Obviously he decided at the last moment to fire the gun.`

"The names of the dead were not immediately released. Autopsies were scheduled for Friday."


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Elderly Couple Found Dead Of Gunshot Wounds

"MUNCIE, IN — An elderly Muncie man likely killed his ill wife and then committed suicide in their home Thursday, police said.

"Officers went to the couple's condominium in the 5100 block of West Churchill Court after their daughter called police to say she believed her father may have killed her mother.

"Police found the man and woman, who were both in their mid-90s, dead from gunshot wounds in their home.

"Investigators said the couple were both receiving hospice care and that the woman was expected to be transferred to a nursing home soon."


Seven Hour SWAT Standoff Ends In Murder/Suicide

"WATSONVILLE, CA — Two men have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide after a seven-hour police standoff at a Watsonville home.

"The Santa Cruz Sentinel says the confrontation began Wednesday afternoon when a police officer responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home.

"Deputy Police Chief Rudy Escalante says the officer met a man at the door and talked with him but the man then locked himself in a bedroom and fired several shots at the officer, who fired a shot and fled. Neither was hit.

"More than 40 officers surrounded the home. Officers finally entered the home at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday and found two men dead inside. Their names weren't immediately released.

"A shotgun was recovered."

From the San Francisco Chronicle...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pair Found Dead In Upscale Neighborhood

"RIVERSIDE, CA — Riverside police have confirmed that a man and woman died sometime this morning in a suspected murder-suicide in the 11700 block of Tilden Avenue.

"The bodies were found on the upper floor of the two-story home in an upscale neighborhood of the La Sierra area, police said.

"Police had been called to the neighborhood about 6 a.m. The identities of the dead have not been released.

"Neighbors said they saw deputy coroners remove two bodies from the house. Witnesses say two children who live in the home were picked up by family."

From The Press-Enterprise...

Mother Killed While Holding Baby

"PIERRE PART, LA — Deputies are investigating a murder and suicide that happened this morning in Assumption Parish.

"Deputies were dispatched to 119 Tut Street in Pierre Part around 7:40 a.m.

"Officials say Henry Walker, 29, used a shotgun to shoot his girlfriend, 26-year-old Heather Granier in the head. Then, Walker turned the gun on himself.

"Walker suffered self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the chest and face. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

"The woman was holding a seven-month-old baby when she was shot. The baby was not injured in the shooting.

"Officials say Walker had been living with Granier for the past month and a half at her father and step-mother's house.

"Neighbors say that Walker and Granier were good people, and they never would have expected this."


Suspicious Fire Suggests Murder/Suicide

"MAGNOLIA, TX — A possible murder-suicide was under investigation Tuesday at a home east of Magnolia, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said.

"Officers responded to a call about a person trapped in a fire in the 6000 block of Weisinger. They found a man and woman with gunshot wounds inside the smoky home.

"Both were still alive but the man died at the scene and the woman died later at a hospital.

"There was no word on a motive."


Attempted Murder/Suicide At Florida Hospital

"NAPLES, FL — A Collier County woman was shot and killed while she visited a patient at a Naples hospital and her estranged husband was being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday.

"Christine Ann Moretz, 53, was at Physicians Regional Medical Center (Web site here), where the Collier County Sheriff's Office said she was killed.

"She and her husband Jeffrey L. Moretz, 54, who lives in the 6000 block of English Oaks Lane, were separated, said Collier County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten.

"`Why he was there is something we're looking into,` Batten said.

"No one else was hurt in the shooting, which was called into Collier County 911 at 5:41 p.m.

"No one has been arrested, Batten said.

"Collier County court records show the couple was in the process of divorcing and had a court date scheduled for July 25.

"A foreclosure was filed against the couple in March 2009, court records show. Jeffrey Moretz also had eviction proceedings against him earlier this year, court records show.

"A contractor, Jeffrey Moretz was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon in 2009, Collier sheriff's records show.

"He allegedly shot a firearm in his home when his son complained that he sent him to a bad dentist, according to news reports of the incident. He chased his son, and one shot almost struck his wife in the head."


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cornered Killer Shoots Himself At Bus Station

"RICHMOND, VA — The man wanted in the killing of an off-duty New Jersey corrections officer committed suicide in Richmond, Va. this morning after a brief run-in with the U.S. Marshal’s Service this morning, authorities said.

"Allen Barron, 21, shot himself once in the head at a Greyhound Bus Depot after aiming a handgun at a U.S. Marshal, according to Kevin Connolly, supervisor of a U.S. Marshal’s Task Force in Richmond.

"Virginia law enforcement officials were asked to be on the lookout for Barron, who was charged with killing 37-year-old Katrina Owens sometime this morning, Connolly said.

"Marshal’s task force members and Richmond police closed in on Barron around 10:40 a.m., and when a federal marshal walked past him to get a `discreet look,` Barron brandished a handgun and aimed it at a marshal briefly before shooting himself, Connolly said.

"The officers were not in uniform and had not even announced they were looking for Barron, according to Connolly, who said Barron must have assumed the person near him was a federal marshal.

"Owens was killed on Columbia Avenue in Newark around 12:30 this morning, part of a bloody 45-minute span that left three people dead and two others hospitalized in the state’s largest city, authorities said."


"An Open And Shut Case" Of Murder/Suicide

"LOUISVILLE, KY — A Louisville Gas & Electric employee fatally shot a supervisor before shooting and killing himself at the utility’s service center on Jennings Lane, Louisville Metro Police said.

"A middle-aged, male employee shot his supervisor in the supervisor’s office, Police Chief Robert White said. Police recovered a handgun at the scene.

"`We don't believe any other employee was fired upon,` said Robert Biven, an LMPD spokesman.

"Police received a call from LG&E about the shooting at 1:35 p.m. at the South Service Center in the 4600 block of Jennings Lane, Biven said.

"The supervisor was in charge of the service center, which employs 50 people and dispatches LG&E trucks and equipment, said Chip Keeling, a spokesman for the utility. He said the employee and his supervisor, who police said were both in their 50s, were longtime employees.

"Keeling called the shooting `a terrible tragedy.`

"`I am shook up,` he said. `Our employees are extra close.`

"`I would never say anything is open and shut,` said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, the head of LMPD’s homicide unit, `but this appears to be an open and shut case.`"

From the Courier-Journal...

Death In Separate Bedrooms

"OCEANSIDE, CA — On July 4, 2011 at 5:01 p.m. Police were dispatched to the 5100 block of North River Road to check on the welfare of a man and woman who live at that address.

"Police found the bodies of a 53-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman in separate bedrooms.

"Based on preliminary findings, it appears as though this is a murder-suicide.

"Neighbors called police to check on the welfare of the couple who hadn't been seen for approximately a week.

"Police subsequently forced entry into the residence and found the bodies of the couple.

"Police found a note that was dated June 24th from the husband indicating he had killed his wife and then himself.

"The state of decomposition of the bodies was consistent with the date on the note.

"The weapon located on scene was a handgun according to Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.

"The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

"The couple lived alone.

"No motive was disclosed."


Shooter Expected To Survive After Botched Suicide

"NEWPORT NEWS, VA — A man suspected of killing his roommate over the weekend remains hospitalized after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, police say.

"Detectives have sworn out warrants charging Ian Altman, 21, with murder and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The warrants will be served when he is released from the hospital later today.

"He is charged in the death of Khylief Thorpe, whose body was found on Sunday morning in their apartment on 72nd Street. Thorte had been shot, but a cause of death has not yet been determined.

"Police spokeswoman Holly McPherson said Altman was found unconscious in a Norfolk hotel room where he had attempted suicide. He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover. McPherson said detectives have studied `notes that were found in the hotel room` and have interviewed Altman at the hospital.

"McPherson said Norfolk police received a call on Sunday morning from a relative of Altman asking for officers to check on his welfare at the hotel. Upon finding him unconscious, detectives in Norfolk alerted Newport News police around 9 a.m. to a possible homicide. Less than an hour later, Norfolk police provided Newport News police with an address in the 300 block of 72nd Street.

"Officers who arrived at the Huntington on the James Apartments found Thorpe's body.

"McPherson said detectives believe Altman shot Thorpe after an altercation."


Separated Couple Together Again

"GARFIELD TWP, MI — Two people are dead in Clare County after an apparent murder-suicide according to Sheriff's Deputies.

"It happened at a home on Cortez Road in Garfield Township on Sunday.

"Deputies say two bodies were found in a bedroom at the home.

"The victims, Randall Kram and Carrie Kram were husband and wife, but were separated.

"Carrie Kram was visiting family at the residence, investigators believe that both subjects died from gunshot wounds.

"The investigation is on-going. "

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Elderly Shooter Calls 911

"QUAKERTOWN, PA — An elderly Richland Township couple is dead in what authorities described Monday as a murder/suicide.

"According to Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler, Leroy Clymer, of 1238 Doylestown Pike, shot his wife, Kathryn, 87, before turning a firearm on himself sometime Saturday.

"Heckler said Leroy Clymer was either 92 or 93 and authorities believe his wife was in poor health.

"Authorities were dispatched to the scene about 7 p.m. on Saturday after Clymer shot his wife, called 911 and then shot himself, Heckler said Monday.

"The couple was pronounced dead at the scene."


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Manhunt Ends In Killer's Suicide At Scene Of The Crime

"WAGENER, SC — Authorities said a man who killed four women in Aiken County also took his own life after officers chased him in a car belonging to one of the victims.

"Aiken County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Charles Barranco said 46-year-old Ken Meyers led deputies back early Sunday morning to the spot in Wagener where three bodies were found about nine hours before and shot himself. He was driving the fourth victim's car.

"Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the first three bodies were found about 6 p.m. Saturday at a Daytona Road home in Wagener.

"Carlton said they have been identified at Ken Meyers's wife, Angela Meyers, 25, her twin sister, Tabitha T. Brown, 25, and their mother, Vicki May Hook Brown.

"All three died from single gunshot wounds, authorities said.

"Police said Ken Meyers had fled the scene.

"Aiken Coroner said another woman was discovered dead in Wagener later that night.

"Esther Baldwin, 47, ex-wife of Ken Meyers died from a similiar type of gunshot wound, said police.

"Authorities said Ken Meyers was discovered near Wagener in Esther Baldwin's vehicle.

"He then was chased back to the first crime scene where he took his own life, according to authorities.

"Myers returned to the original death scene at Daytona Road where Myer's took his own life, police said."