Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Shooter May Survive To Get Charged With Murder

"ANAWALT, WV — A man shot his wife to death in McDowell County Wednesday afternoon before critically wounding himself, authorities said.

"Robert Wayne Johnson, 68, of Anawalt, shot his wife and then shot himself, according to Deputy R.L. Blevins of the McDowell County Sheriff's Department.

"Deputies were called to a residence in the Anawalt area just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

"County 911 dispatchers said Johnson's brother called authorities and said that his sister-in-law was shot and that Johnson had shot himself.

"The woman, whose name has not been released, died at the scene, dispatchers said. Johnson was being transported by helicopter to a hospital in Bluefield. Blevins said if Johnson survived, he would be charged in the slaying."

From the Charleston Gazette...

Two Dead After Ex-Boyfriend Shows Up With Gun

"AUSTIN, TX — Two people are dead after a murder-suicide Wednesday morning in a northeast Travis County duplex.

"Authorities received a 911 call around 5:30 a.m. Patrol cars lined Margalene Way near Wells Branch Parkway with lights flashing.

"Deputies say someone reported hearing gunshots inside one of the shared units at a duplex on the street. Inside the home, they found 37-year-old Sylvia Richardson and 45-year-old Kevin Williams dead.

"Deputies believe the two had been dating and Richardson had recently broken up with Williams. They say that caused him to come to her apartment, shoot and kill her and then turn the gun on himself.

"There were four family members in the residence at the time of the incident. None of them were hurt."


Two Dead After Protective Order Expires

"BOOSIER CITY, LA — Another local couple is dead after a husband gunned down his wife and then himself Tuesday.

"Bossier City police are investigating that city's second and the area's fourth murder-suicide of the year after two bodies were found in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church in the 2800 hundred block of East Texas Street about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"Police and fire crews responded to calls of a shooting and found Allan Corby Haltom, 45, of Haughton, and his estranged wife, Angela Gaye Haltom, 44, both shot dead.

"Detectives believe Allan Haltom parked his car next to his wife's and waited for her to leave the church day care where she was employed. Detectives said he shot her while sitting in his vehicle and then shot himself.

"Church personnel told police no children were in the day care or parking lot at the time of the shooting.

"The day care will be closed today.

"The investigation is still ongoing, Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale said.

"Bossier Clerk of Court filings show that Angela Gaye Haltom filed divorce proceedings against her husband June 6 and three days later obtained a protective restraining order against him.

"The same filings showed that protective order expired Tuesday. She renewed the order, which was to have been in effect through Nov. 15.

"Tuesday's murder-suicide is the fourth in the Shreveport-Bossier City area this year. In every case, the husband murdered his wife before taking his own life."


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Couple Was Last Seen In Church

"CHAPEL HILL, NC — Chatham County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the deaths of a couple married more than 40 years, found Monday afternoon in their North Chatham home.

"The bodies of Earl Lee Edwards, 65, and his wife Minnie Edwards, 67, were found in their home on 370 Joe's Drive in Chapel Hill.

"The preliminary investigation is pointing to a murder-suicide, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. The bodies were transported the UNC Hospital for an autopsy Tuesday.

"Family members were concerned when they went to visit the couple around 1:30 pm yesterday afternoon and no one came to the door, officials said. Emergency Medical personnel responded and discovered the body of Mr. Edwards lying in a bedroom. Chatham County deputies were summoned and upon entry also found the body of Mrs. Edwards in an adjacent bedroom.

"`It appears Mr. Edwards took his own life with a firearm after ending the life of his wife,` Major Gary Blankenship of the Chatham County Sheriff's Office said. `At this point, we have no reason to believe this case is anything but a murder-suicide.`

"Both were last seen on Sunday afternoon at church."


Monday, August 29, 2011

Husband Dead At The Scene, Wife Dies In Hospital

"METAIRIE, LA — Jefferson Parish deputies are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide in Metairie, according to the sheriff's office.

"The shooting happened around 3 p.m. at the Wind Mill Creek apartments in the 3500 block of Apollo Drive, near I-10 and Veterans Boulevard.

"Sgt. Larry Dyess, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, said a husband approached his wife in the parking lot of the complex before shots rang out.

"`The male subject approached his wife in the parking lot, shot at her several times, and then turned the gun on himself,` Dyess said.

"Deputies pronounced the husband dead on the scene, and they pronounced the wife dead at the hospital.

"Investigators are trying to determine if a child found at the apartment belongs to the couple, and they are also interviewing witnesses to see if there is was a history of domestic abuse between the couple.

"`Our investigators are still trying to conduct interviews and attempt to establish what happened on the scene,` Dyess said.

"The couple has not been identified, but officials say they are in their mid-20s."


Five Dead In Multi-State Shooting Spree

"CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County Police have released the identities of the victims of a domestic related murder that occurred in a home in the 13100 block of Stockleigh Drive.

"Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, police received a call from Pennsylvania police, who asked that officers check the welfare of anyone at the Stockleigh Drive address. Upon entering the residence police, discovered the bodies of the female occupant of the residence, Carrie P. Egland, 36; a male friend, Scott T. Allred, 40; and his child, 7.

"Carrie P. Egland's estranged husband, Leonard J. Egland, 37, was soon developed as a suspect in the incident. He was also a suspect in the homicide of his mother-in-law in Pennsylvania, where he twice exchanged gunfire with police officers. Pennsylvania police later found him in a field in Warwick Township, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot."



09/05/2011 — Police still seeking motive...

Intended Victim Expected To Survive Attempted Murder/Suicide

"SUMMERFIELD, NC — Investigators determined a shooting in Summerfield Saturday night was an attempted murder, suicide.

"Rockingham County deputies responded to a house on 152 Hunters Glen Road just before 9pm. When they arrived they found a man and woman both with gunshot wounds.

"The woman, Tara Stratton Marshall, 40, told deputies that she woke up when she was shot. She said she then saw her husband, Gerald Scott Marshall, 42, turn the handgun on himself.

"Deputies found Gerald Marshall dead with gunshot wounds to his upper body.

"Tara Marshall was able to call 911 after the shooting. She had been shot in the lower body and arm. She is expected to survive."


Woman Flees Scene When Shots Fired

"PRICE, UT — Two men are dead in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide Sunday night.

"Just before 11 p.m., investigators received a call of shots fired from a residence on Wood Hills Road, said Carbon County Sheriff's Lt. Tom Stefanoff.

"When deputies arrived, they found a 31-year-old man shot to death inside the house and the body of a 24-year-old man just outside the residence, he said. The 24-year-old man appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"A woman was also inside the house when the shooting started.

"`The female was able to escape and fled to a parking lot,` Stefanoff said.

"Few details about the parties involved were immediately available. Investigators say the 31-year-old man lived in the house where he was shot. The 24-year-old man was from the Carbon County area.

"Stefanoff did not say Monday how the woman was connected to either man. A possible motive was also not available.

"Stefanoff said detectives still had interviews to conduct before additional information is released."

Source: Deseret News...


08/30/2011 — Deadly Love Triangle?...
09/07/2011 — Mystery woman had broken up with shooter...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Axe Wielding Mom Charged With 2 Counts Of Murder

"ASHEVILLE, NC — Asheville police have charged a 33-year-old woman with first-degree murder after finding the bodies of her two children in their homes.

"Lt. Wally Welch said that warrants issued Saturday charge Naiyana Patel in the deaths of 8-year-old Jiya Patel and 4-year-old Piya Patel. Welch said Ms. Patel was admitted to Mission Hospital after undergoing surgery for self-inflicted wounds to her head.

"Welch said investigators determined that Naiyana Patel killed both children with a hatchet, then attempted to kill herself by striking her head repeatedly with the hatchet.

"Officers were called to the home on Shannon Drive around 10 a.m. Saturday by the children's father.

"Welch said it didn't appear Naiyana Patel had an attorney."


Couple Dead After 3AM Argument

"MUSKEGON, MI — Muskegon Police have identified the husband and wife who died as the result of an apparent murder-suicide that occurred in the 1900 block of S. Getty Street early Sunday.

"They are Jesus Flores, 36, and Jennifer Flores, 35. Police said Jesus Flores apparently shot his wife to death, and then himself. Their bodies were found in the Getty Street home, where both resided.

"Officers were dispatched to the home around 3 a.m. Sunday on a report of a shooting. Upon arriving, they were met by a 33-year-old witness who said he was at the home when his sister, Jennifer Flores, and her husband began arguing.

"He told officers that during the argument, Jesus produced a handgun and shot Jennifer. The brother said that when his sister was shot, he turned to run from the house and heard more gunshots but he was not hit.

"Based on that information, officers believed Jesus Flores was still in the home, armed and possibly barricaded. The Michigan State Police Emergency Services Team was called in to assist.

"After numerous attempts to make contact with Jesus Flores, the State Police Emergency Services Team entered the home and found the husband and wife dead from gunshot wounds.

"`The circumstances leading up to the apparent murder/suicide are unknown at this time, and the investigation is continuing,` according to a press release from Capt. Andy Olson."



08/29/2011 — Victim begged for help on Facebook...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Woman Injured In Botched Murder/Suicide

"PORT ORANGE, FL — Port Orange police say a man shot his wife before taking his own life in their home Friday night.

"Police and emergency rescue crews responded to 121 Wimbledon Court in Port Orange around 11:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a shooting at the home.

"Once on scene, police say they found 52-year-old Karen Hopson suffering from gunshot wounds to her legs. Her husband, 53-year-old Will Spencer, was found dead in the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

"Hopson was transported to Halifax Hospital where her injuries are listed as non-life threatening.

"Detectives [said] the shooting appears to be an isolated domestic incident.

"Port Orange police say the investigation remains ongoing."


Friday, August 26, 2011

Injured Couple Drives To Police Department After Botched Murder/Suicide

"LOXLEY, AL — Loxley Police say an older couple attempted suicide Thursday morning because of financial troubles. Police say James Morrow, 70, and his wife, Anne, 65, left their home and drove to a nearby road to go through with the attempt.

"The couple drove to somewhere on Campbell Road near the intersection of County Road 68 in their Ford F150 truck. James told police he used a small caliber pistol to shot Anne in the back of the head and then turned the gun to his own head, firing it again.

"James then drove to the Loxley Police Department and contacted authorities.

"Lieutenant Doug Phillips says the couple was distressed, but surprisingly calm when they arrived.

"Loxley Police say James was Life-Flighted to the USA Medical Center. His wife was taken to USA Medical Center by ambulance.

"A note from the couple was found inside the couple's truck during the investigation."

From WALA-TV...

"You Never Know What Goes On Behind Closed Doors"

"WEWAHITCHKA, FL — A married couple were discovered dead in their home Thursday afternoon in what authorities are calling an apparent murder-suicide.

"The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office responded to 3052 State 71 after a friend of Oscar David Redd stopped by the house around 2:30 p.m. (CDT) to pick up the husband to help with some odd jobs. The friend saw Patricia Luann Redd lying motionless on the kitchen floor and called 911.

"When deputies arrived they found both Redds dead. Patricia was in the kitchen. Oscar was in the living room. They were both 40 years old.

"Investigators believe Oscar Redd shot his wife and then himself. A .38-caliber pistol was found underneath Oscar Redd’s body, Sheriff Joe Nugent said.

"The people who gathered at the home next door were friends and relatives, officials at the scene said.

"Neighbors said the Redds were happy and pleasant, `but you never know what goes on behind closed doors,` one man said.

"The medical examiner’s office will conduct autopsies Friday."


2 Women Dead, 1 Injured In Attempted Double Murder/Suicide

"OKANOGAN, WA — Two women were shot to death today and another wounded in what Okanogan County authorities are calling a murder-suicide

"The shooting was reported just after 5 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of North Second Avenue, according to a news release by Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

"One woman was transported to Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak and is being airlifted elsewhere; the other victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooter was pronounced dead at Mid-Valley Hospital, Rogers said.

"The name of those involved have not been released pending family notification, but Rogers said the three women knew each other."



08/26/2011 — Cops: "We do know they were arguing, but we don't know over what"...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bodies Found In Burning Home

"HARRISBURG, AR — The investigation continues into the shooting deaths of a Poinsett County family.

"The bodies of Greg Leatherwood, his wife Patricia and son Kyle were found Tuesday night.

"Mr. and Mrs. Leatherwood were found inside their burning home just outside Harrisburg and their son was found in town.

"A source close to the investigation [said] the case is being investigated as a double murder-suicide.

"Today, Arkansas State Police investigators are doing interviews and collecting evidence.

"They're also waiting on results from the State Crime Lab about how the Leatherwood's all died. All three suffered gunshot wounds according to the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office."


Gunman Kicks In Door, Shoots 4 Before Shooting Himself

"WICHITA, KS — Wichita Police say a 36-year-old male kicked in the door and shot four people including six and nine-year-old girls before shooting himself. The six-year-old died. The nine-year-old remains in very serious condition. The girls' mother and grandmother were also shot. They are 30 and 56 years old. The two are hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

"Police say the children were shot multiple times in their beds as they slept.

"Authorities say the suspect in the shooting had a relationship with the mother of the kids. Police believe they were broken up at the time the shooting happened. Police say the shooting may have started because of the relationship.

"Another person, the girls' uncle, was in the house at the time of the shooting. He was not hurt.

"All of the victims are Wichita residents, but the gunman is from Mexico. He did not have a US ID, but he did have a Mexican ID. The man did not have a criminal past.

"Police say the suspected gunman called the home about four hours before the shooting and threatened to kill the family. The phone call was not reported to police at the time.

"Police say the father of the children was married to the mother, but was killed in a traffic accident on K-15 back in September of 2005.

"Police have not released any names."


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Street Dispute Leaves Two Dead

"MERCED, CA — A woman in her early 20s was fatally shot in Merced Tuesday in an apparent domestic dispute, and the suspected shooter fled to Fresno and killed himself, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

"Deputies responded to the 400 block of East Gerard Avenue in Merced at 4 p.m. and found the victim, an Asian woman, dead from several gunshot wounds, according to sheriff's spokesman Tom MacKenzie.

"Deputies said the victim and suspect had a dispute in the street. The suspect drove away, then returned and shot the victim over the shoulder of a witness, then drove off. Sheriff Mark Pazin said a neighbor tried to intercede, but was unsuccessful.

"The suspect turned up near Sierra Vista and Shields avenues in Fresno. He told a family member what he'd done, then shot himself in the head, Pazin said."


Botched Double Murder/Suicide Hospitalizes Three

"PICTURE ROCKS, AZ — Pima County Sheriff's Department say that it appears that a 25-year-old man shot both his mother and father at their home in Picture Rocks before turning the gun on himself.

"PCSD officials say that it appears that Beau Bishop, 25, shot his mother, Lisa Bishop, 47, and father, 64-year-old John Bishop, at a home in the 11300 block of West Via Dichosa at about 4:54 p.m., then shot himself.

"The mother and father were transported via helicopter to the Trauma Center at UMC, PCSD officials say. Mrs. Bishop was transported in stable condition, and Mr. Bishop was transported in critical, but stable condition.

"Beau Bishop was transported via ambulance to the Trauma Center at UMC with life-threatening injuries.

"PCSD detectives responded, and at this time, the investigation continues."


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Murder/Suicide "Shocks And Saddens" University

"MOSCOW, ID — A University of Idaho graduate student and former professor are dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

"Police say the student, a 22-year-old woman, was shot to death at an off-campus residence on South Lilly St. just after 8:30 p.m. Monday night.

"The woman killed has been identified as Katy Benoit, a University of Idaho psychology graduate student.

"The University of Idaho says Benoit was killed in her off-campus home.

"Officials soon after issued an arrest warrant for Ernesto Bustamante, 31, a former faculty member in the psychology department who worked at the university from 2007 to 2011 and resigned on Friday. Police attempted to serve him the warrant at the University Inn Best Western hotel.

"...police first used tear gas around 5 a.m. Tuesday to try and force the suspect to evacuate. Around 7:45 a.m., officials entered Bustamante’s hotel room and reportedly found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The university is cooperating fully with the investigation, according to the Moscow Police Department.

"The school said it is `both shocked and saddened by these events. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the victim’s family and friends.` The university is making grief counseling available for students, faculty and staff.

"The university’s convocation, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, will be rescheduled. The university will be issuing public statements as more information may become available.

"As of Tuesday morning, the school removed Bustamante’s directory information from its website."



08/25/2011 Psych prof described himself as a "psychopathic killer"...
08/26/2011 — Prof had six guns and psych meds in hotel room...

Dead Couple Had History Of Domestic Violence

"PRESCOTT, AZ — The Prescott Police Department is investigating a murder-suicide that happened over the weekend in the 3000 block of Mountain Lake Road.

"A roommate found the resident, Lara Vondran-Dagle, 59, and the resident's estranged husband, Ned Dagle, 62, dead as a result of gunshot wounds.

"Police detectives responded and processed the scene to determine that Vondran-Dagle died from a gunshot wound inflicted by Dagle who then committed suicide.

"Detectives spoke with neighbors who reported they heard what they believed to be gunshots during the early morning hours.

"Investigators indicated the couple had been married for about five years. They were separated for about four months and in the process of a divorce.

"In December 2009, police had investigated a previous domestic violence incident that occurred at the residence."


Monday, August 22, 2011

Deputies Kick In Door To Find Bodies

"COVINGTON, VA — A 43-year-old man shot and killed his girlfriend, chased her sister and then turned the gun on himself on Monday morning in Alleghany County, authorities said.

"The violence happened in the man’s house, which is near Covington on 1115 Brookhaven Drive, a quiet street of single-family ranch-style houses, said Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin W. Hall.

"The sheriff did not release the name of the victim, who is survived by three children, per her family’s request. She had spent months living in the Safehome of Covington, a shelter for domestic violence victims.

"The gunman was Terry Wayne Wright, Hall said. The victim’s sister called deputies to his house at about 11:45 a.m. Monday, telling them her sister had been shot there.

"When deputies arrived they yelled but got no response from the house, Hall said. A deputy kicked in a door expecting to find a victim in need of medical care but instead found Wright laying in the living room and the victim in the hallway.

"`We wanted to save a life if possible,` Hall said. `We didn’t know if he [Wright] was outside the house or inside.`

"The victim’s sister told deputies that she was inside the house when Wright took out a gun. She said she hid until she heard a gunshot. She ran out of the house, with Wright chasing her. Wright returned to his house and shot himself."


Fire Consumes Baby Killer

"EL CAJON, CA — A man who shot [and] killed his baby and mother-in-law before critically wounding an El Cajon police officer probably died in the fire he set at the woman's house, investigators said Monday.

"At a morning news conference, El Cajon police Lt. Mark Coit said investigators believe Keith Collier died after police surrounded the house at 1033 Prince Street.

"Police went to the house after receiving a call at 5:07 p.m. Sunday, Coit said. The caller reported seeing a man with a gun enter the home and that the house was burning.

"Officers Jerad Slocum and Tim McFarland were the first police to arrive at the burning house, Coit said. After they split up to check the exits to the house, Slocum was the shot in the neck. He was able to fire two rounds back at the gunman before collapsing, Coit said. McFarland then pulled him to safety.

"When other officers arrived, Slocum was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. Monday, he was listed in critical but stable condition.

"`The prognosis is looking good. We're hoping that he makes a quick and fast recovery,` Coit said.

"Police would not let firefighters approach the burning house because of the gunman inside. The house burned to the ground. When SWAT officers searched the smoldering ruins, they found one body near the front door and confirmed that no one was alive in the structure."

From KTXL...

Shooter And Victim Expected To Survive Botched Murder/Suicide

"HOUGHTON LAKE, MI — State Police in Houghton Lake are investigating a double shooting that took place Saturday night.

"At 10:00 p.m. they had a report of shots fired from a home on the North side of Houghton Lake on East Houghton Lake Drive.

"When they arrived they found a 60 year old man alive with a gunshot wound to the back.

"He told police he'd been shot by a Higgins Lake man who fled the scene

"Later police had a report of a suicidal subject in the Lyons Township area.
It turned out he was the suspect in the shooting, but he had shot himself in the chest.

"Both men are hospitalized at Munson Medical Center, and both are expected to make a full recovery.

"The 54 year old suspect awaits formal charges from the Roscommon County prosecutor."

From 9&10NEWS...

Two Dead After Argument Leads To Gunfire

"PHOENIX, AZ — Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide at a Phoenix home Sunday night.

"Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened late Sunday night at the home in the neighborhood of 31st and Southern avenues in South Phoenix.

"What they do know is that the victim, along with two of her children, two friends and a child of one of those friends, arrived at her home shortly before 8:30 p.m. The womans boyfriend was already home when the group got there.

"The 29-year-old woman went into a back bedroom where the boyfriend apparently was waiting. The two were heard arguing. A short time later, gunfire rang out.

"The womans two friends hustled the children out of the house.

"According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, the 29-year-old man went outside briefly and said he was going to kill himself. One last gunshot was heard moments after he went back inside.

"When police arrived on the scene, they went into the house to try and save the badly wounded woman. She was rushed to a local hospital, but later died of her injuries.
Officers swept the house and discovered the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Investigators have not released the names of the victim or the suspect, nor do they know what the couple was arguing about."


8 Year Old Calls 911 After Witnessing Murder/Sucide

"PHOENIX, AZ — Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in West Phoenix, and the entire incident was witnessed by a little boy.

"It happened about 9 p.m. Sunday at an apartment complex near 61st Avenue and Thomas Road.

"According to police, it started when a man got into an argument with his girlfriend. He then shot and killed her before turning the gun on himself.

"Officers said the womans 8-year-old son was home at the time and witnessed the shooting. That little boy ran to his neighbors apartment and called 911.

"The child reportedly is now in the care of his aunt, who lives in the same building.
Both the man and the woman are believed to have been in their mid-20s. Police have not released their names.

"Detectives do not yet know what sparked the argument that apparently led to the shooting.

"The investigation is ongoing."


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Police Decline Comment On Probable Murder/Suicide

"DAY, NY — State Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide on Friday night in the town of Day on the Great Sacandaga Lake.

"The names of the victims are being withheld until family members can be notified.

"Day Supervisor Mary Ann Johnson said the incident occurred at a home on Military Road.

"Patrols from the Mayfield and Wilton barracks were dispatched to the residence at 9:45 p.m. Friday after two bodies were found, according to State Police at Troop G in Loudonville.

"An officer at Troop G provided no other details.

"A police investigator at Town Hall, where a command center has been set up, declined comment."


Domestic Incident Leaves Two Dead

"MARION, OH — Police in Marion are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that happened late Friday night.

"According to Marion police, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of W. Mark Street in Marion on a report of a possible suicide.

"Officers found the body of Kimberly Howell, 46, on the front porch of the house.

"The body of Jonathan D. Elliott, 55, was found inside the house.

"Both victims were found with apparent gunshot wounds to the head.

"Police said that a handgun was recovered from beside the body of Elliott.

"According to Marion Police, the shooting incident appears to be a murder-suicide resulting from a domestic incident."


Three Critical After Shootings, House Fire

"BEDFORD, VA — Investigators said loud music was the catalyst to Monday’s shooting and standoff that left a father and son in critical condition.

"The man charged in the shooting, Dennis Roy Caldwell, also remains hospitalized for injuries he received in the blaze that consumed his house while he remained inside, said Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown on Friday.

"Dennis Caldwell, 55, is charged with two counts each of aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, after investigators said he shot his brother, 61-year-old Glen Caldwell, and Glen Caldwell’s son, Michael, 35.

"After the shooting, investigators said Dennis Caldwell went into his house at 1497 Haven Heights Drive in Bedford, refused to come out for negotiators, and ultimately set his own house on fire.

"That’s when tactical team members and firefighters went into the house and found Dennis Caldwell in the basement in a semiconscious state.

"Dennis Caldwell remains under constant guard at the University of Virginia Medical Center, where he was taken for treatment for burns to his airway, Brown said. He was initially placed on a ventilator but has since started breathing on his own.

"The dispute between the two brothers had been going on for more than two years.

"Court records show not guilty verdicts against both men in December 2009 for noise violation complaints. In August 2010, a not guilty judgment was entered in another noise complaint filed against Dennis Caldwell by his brother Glen Caldwell.

"Then last February, court records show Dennis Caldwell accused his brother Glen of assault. Glen Caldwell was found not guilty in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

"Deputies initially responded to the shooting Monday just after 3:30 p.m. to find Glen and Michael Caldwell lying in the yard at 1497 Haven Heights Drive. They both had been shot more than once.

"Dennis Caldwell, investigators said, was inside his house when Deputy Allison Key arrive and was firing a weapon, though investigators said they are not sure if he was firing at Key. Brown said Dennis Caldwell was armed with a .45-caliber automatic handgun, a 20-gauge shotgun and `a large amount` of ammunition.

"Negotiators tried to talk Dennis Caldwell out of the house, but he refused, telling the negotiator he would burn his house down, and wanted to die before breaking off all communication."

From The News & Advance...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Two Dead, One Critical In Attempted Double Murder/Suicide

"COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Two people were killed and another was in critical condition after a shooting Friday evening in south Colorado Springs that police are investigating as a possible murder-suicide.

"A man with a head wound was dead on the sidewalk in front of a home in the 300 block of East Las Vegas Street. Police said a woman was found dead inside a nearby house. Another victim was hospitalized with apparent gunshot wounds.

"Police said all three are thought to be members of the same family. Names of the victims have not been released.

"Just after 5 p.m., neighbors heard several gunshots.

"Neighbor Tamara Egley ran out of her home when she heard the first burst of gunfire. She heard another shot and turned to see an man falling to the sidewalk.

"`I saw him take a couple of breaths and that was it,` she said. `He wasn’t moving.`

"Egley then looked in the backyard of a home across the street and saw a man wearing a bloody shirt on the ground and moaning in pain.

"The man, who was apparently wounded in his abdomen, was carried away in an ambulance. Police Lt. Kirk Wilson said the man remained in critical condition.

"As officers strung up police tape to block Las Vegas Street between Weber and Royer streets, the dead man, with gray hair and clad in a white shirt, lay on the sidewalk amid a pool of blood.

"Wilson said detectives think they have identified everyone involved in the shooting. Police were not looking for a gunman. A pistol was recovered."

Source: The Gazette...

Teen Watches As Dad Stabs Mom

"WESTMINSTER, MD — Maryland state police said they are investigating an early afternoon domestic incident that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured Friday.

"Douglas Harvey, 50, was pronounced dead at the Carroll Hospital Center while his wife, Lisa Harvey, was in critical condition.

"Police said the Carroll County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from Lisa Harvey.

"When authorities arrived at the scene, Lisa Harvey was found in a neighbor's yard across the street, suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was airlifted to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma where she remains in serious condition.

"Police said while emergency crews rendered first aid to Lisa Harvey, Douglas Harvey exited the rear of a van parked at the driveway of a home on Strand Avenue. Authorities said he appeared to have suffered from multiple stab wounds as well.

"Authorities said Lisa Harvey had moved out of their home about a month ago. They said Lisa Harvey and her 13-year-old son arrived at the house, shortly before the 911, to retrieve some belongings.

"Police said Lisa Harvey's son remained inside the car while Lisa and Douglas Harvey were fighting outside.

"Douglas Harvey drew a knife, stabbed her and then himself several times, police said. He then retreated into the van parked in the driveway.

"Witnesses told police that Lisa was able to stagger across the street to the neighbor's yard where she made the 911 call. Lisa's son was inside their car the whole time.

"Authorities said the investigation is still ongoing."


Deputies Peek Through Window To Find Bodies

"LINWOOD TWP, MN — A couple was found dead a Linwood home early this morning in an apparent homicide-suicide, according to the Anoka County sheriff's office.

"Authorities responded to the 23900 block of Nebula Street just before 8 a.m. after an employer called about one of his or her employees not showing up for work, said Det. Paul Lenzmeier, spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

"Deputies arrived to find the house locked and nothing seemingly amiss. After learning the couple had a past history of domestic problems, one of the deputies climbed up a ladder to peer in the upstairs window. Inside he saw the man and woman, both 51 and from Linwood Township, lying in bed with what appeared to be gunshot wounds, Lenzmeier said. Deputies later determined the pair was dead. A 38-mm handgun was found at the scene.

"The names of the individuals are being withheld pending notification of family and official determination of the cause of death by the Anoka County Medical Examiner.

"It was not immediately known whether drugs or alcohol may have been involved. The investigation is ongoing."


May/September Murder/Suicide

"SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Scottsdale police say the deaths of a man and woman discovered shot dead outside the front door of a Scottsdale home were a result of a murder-suicide.

"Scottsdale police on Friday said Steven Lester, 60, shot his girlfriend, Vanessa Klein, 24, multiple times before turning the gun on himself.

"The bodies were found Thursday morning outside a Scottsdale home near Mountain View and Hayden roads.

"Police said Lester called Klein, his longtime girlfriend, sometime Wednesday night and asked her to come to his home. When Klein arrived, Lester confronted her at the door and shot her multiple times, then shot himself, police said. Investigators found a handgun belonging to Lester near his body.

"The bodies were found Thursday morning by woman who stopped at the McCormick Ranch home, on the 8000 block of East Del Trigo, around 10:30 a.m., said Sgt. Mark Clark, a Scottsdale police spokesman.

"The woman was there to interview for a personal assistant position and did not know either victim. A neighbor called 911 Wednesday night to report gunshots, but when police arrived, they were unable to locate the source of the shots.

"Police do not believe there are any outstanding suspects, Clark said."


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Man Charged After Botched Murder/Suicide

"DUCHESNE, UT — A Duchesne man accused of murder allegedly told detectives he stabbed his wife to death to euthanize her and then tried to kill himself.

"The body of Mary Ratliff, 82, was found in her home Aug. 13 after a family friend received a package containing $7,000 and a suicide note from Ratliff’s husband, Charles Edward Dodd, according to murder charge filed in 8th District Court on Wednesday.

"Previously, the friend said, Dodd, 75, had been depressed and told her that `the end will come,` according to other court documents.

"Ratliff was found lying on a hospital-type bed, with a puncture wound to her chest, deputies wrote. Dodd was found unconscious in a chair in the same room. He also had a puncture wound to his chest and a cut on the back of his head, investigators wrote. A bloody hunting knife was on the table next to Ratliff’s bed.

"Dodd was taken by ambulance to the Uintah Basin Medical Center and was later flown to a Salt Lake City hospital.

"After he regained consciousness, Dodd told investigators that his wife was in constant pain, and the couple several times had discussed `ending it,` the charge states. Ratliff’s ailment is not described. Dodd said he left money for their burial along with the suicide note at their friend’s office and returned to the couple’s home, investigators wrote.

"Dodd said he waited until Ratliff was `semi asleep` and stabbed her where he thought her heart was, deputies wrote. Ratliff did not die immediately, so he stabbed her again, the charge states.

"After Ratliff died, Dodd swallowed a handful of pills, held the knife to his chest and used the wall to push the knife into his body, police wrote. He said the next thing he remembered was waking in the hospital.

"Dodd was charged with one first-degree felony charge of murder."

From The Salt Lake Tribune...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

History Of Domestic Violence Ends With Shotgun Blasts

"OSWEGO, IL — A man shot and killed his former girlfriend in her Oswego home, then turned the shotgun on himself, police say.

"Officers were called to the home on 303 Fox Chase Drive North around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after someone reported hearing shots and a woman screaming, according to Oswego Detective Rob Sherwood.

"Police found Daniel R. Kiefer, 39, of Montgomery, in an attached garage, he said. Brandi Jo Murphy, 38, was found in a doorway leading from the garage into the home.

"Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

"Three other adults and three children were in the home at the time, but no one else was injured, Sherwood said. Two of the children were Murphy's.

"Sherwood said Kiefer and Murphy had an `on-again, off-again relationship` with a history of domestic violence."

Source: Chicago Tribune...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Person Of Interest Found Dead In Hotel Room

"SPRING, TX — Former NBA and college basketball referee Troy Raymond has been found dead of an apparent suicide, just hours after his wife was found murdered.

"Leslie Anderson Raymond, 41, died of manual asphyxiation on Friday afternoon at the couple's home in the Houston suburb of Spring, Texas. Hours later, Troy Raymond, 46, was found dead in a New Orleans hotel with a single gunshot wound to the head, Montgomery County constable Tim Holifield told CBS Sports on Tuesday.

"Police officials have not yet ruled whether the two deaths are connected. Leslie Anderson Raymond recently had asked for a divorce, according to CBS Sports.

"Troy Raymond worked only one season of NBA games but was fired in 2004 for lying on his resume. He worked 17 college basketball games last season."

Source: SportingNews...

Alarming Text Message Alerts Cops To Murder/Suicide

"HENDERSON, KY — A Henderson father and his 7-year-old daughter are dead after police say the father shot his daughter and then turned the gun on himself.

"Police found the bodies of Matthew Bias, 41, and his daughter, 7-year-old Annaliese Grace Bias, inside 4 Barnett Drive just after 8:30 a.m.

"Police [said] Matthew Bias' brother called 911, after receiving an alarming text message.

"Officers arrived and that's when they found the Bias family dead.

"Although the official cause of death for Matthew and Annaliese is pending autopsy, police say they believe that Matthew shot and killed Annaliese before turning the gun on himself."


Separate Police Calls Point To Murder/Suicide

"THOMASTON, GA — Monday afternoon the Upson County Sheriff's Office and Thomaston Police Department responded to two separate calls which appear to be the murder-suicide of an estranged couple.

"Major Dan Kilgore of the Sheriff's Office stated that the two victims were identified as Sandra Gail Carter, 47, and David Carter, 58, who had been separated for about a year.

"The first call was to 102 West County Road, where the body of Sandra Carter was found in her residence by her daughter. The second call was to 328 Odom Road where the body of David Carter was found in the front yard.

A"ccording to Major Kilgore, it appears that Mr. Carter went to the residence of Sandra Carter, shot her and then drove to Odom Road where he turned the gun on himself."

From the Thomaston Times...

Father And Daughter, 2, Dead Of Carbon Dioxide Poisoning

"GRIZZLY FLATS, CA — An abducted 2-year-old girl and her father died from carbon monoxide poisoning from the exhaust pipe of the SUV they were found in, the girl's grandfather said.

"The bodies of kidnapped 2-year-old Madeline Samaan-Fay and her father, Mourad Samaan, were found by local authorities about 50 miles east of Sacramento at a remote property the father owned, officials said.

"Authorities plan to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death of the two, who were found in the father's SUV in the Grizzly Flats section of El Dorado County.

"The kidnapping of Madeline prompted a statewide Amber Alert.

"Officials said they went to the area after a tip from the FBI. FBI officials said they turned over the case to local authorities.

"Madeline and her father were last seen on a store surveillance video the day she was abducted."

From Los Angeles Times...

Chase Ends In Killer's Suicide

"GRAND ISLAND, NE — Grand Island Police have released more details about a murder-suicide that claimed the lives of two people in Grand Island Monday morning.

"Antonio G. Rodriguez, 33, and Margarita Rodriguez, 43, died Monday in what police are calling a domestic disturbance.

"A press release Tuesday from the Grand Island Police Department says police were sent to 212 N. Grace at 4:57 a.m. Monday on a domestic disturbance report, where they found Margarita Rodriguez in the entryway with gunshot wounds to her head and left leg.

"She was transported to Saint Francis Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 7:18 a.m.

"At approximately 7:42 a.m., Grand Island police officers began a pursuit of the suspect, Antonio Rodríguez, the estranged husband of the victim. The pursuit began at Potash and Diers Avenue and ended on Highway 281 between Highway 30 and the Old Highway 30 overpass.

"Antonio Rodriguez died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. No other shots were fired.

"The Grand Island police department is continuing the investigation into the death of Margarita Rodriguez."


Monday, August 15, 2011

Cops Hear Pop, Call SWAT, Find Bodies

"LINCOLN, CA — Lincoln Police today confirmed identities and circumstances in the deaths of two people inside a home on 1501 Fourth Street.

"Police said that evidence indicates that Noland Thomas, 67, shot his wife, Jo Ann Thomas, 67, and then killed himself.

"City spokeswoman Jill Thompson said police dispatchers received a call about 4 p.m. Friday from a man who said he had shot his wife and was going to shoot himself.

"Police arrived at the home within two minutes. When they arrived, officers reported hearing a pop that sounded like a gunshot.

"Thompson said officers tried to make contact with occupants of the residence. When no one responded, they requested assistance from the Placer County Sheriff's Department SWAT team.

"SWAT officers entered the house shortly after 6 p.m. and found two bodies."

Source: Sacramento Bee...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cops Mum On Probable Murder/Suicide

"VIRGINIA, MN — Very little information is coming from the Virginia Police, the morning after an incident occurred in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Virgnia. A statement by Virginia Detective, Tim Koivunen is expected this afternoon.

"This is what we do know. Police were called to a home at 1814 Wolf Road in Virginia.

"Initial reports are that when crews arrived around 8pm, they allegedly discovered a man with a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound, then they found a woman in the bathroom who was pronounced dead."


Friday, August 12, 2011

Man Finds Body Covered In Blood, Cops Find The Other

"MIAMI, FL — Police are investigating what they suspect was a murder-suicide shooting that left two people dead in Little Havana early Friday morning.

"At about 7:45 a.m., a man called Miami police to report that he discovered one of his employees covered in blood inside a small house behind a home on the 1100 block of Northwest 32nd Court, said Kendra Simmons, police spokeswoman.

"When officers arrived, they found the man dead. A woman’s body was also found inside the home.

"According to preliminary investigations, neighbors said they heard multiple shots fired late Thursday night. They did not call police.

"More information, including the names of the victims, has not yet been released."

Source: Miami Herald...

Confrontation With Cops Prompts Shooter To Kill Himself

"TOBACCOVILLE, NC — The husband of a 42-year-old woman took his own life at a home in Raleigh just hours after his wife was found dead of a gunshot wound in the couple's Spainhour Mill Road home on Thursday evening, Forsyth County deputies said.

"Deputies said the body of Pamela Burgess Hurlocker was found at about 11 p.m. by a friend who broke into the house to check on the woman.

"Chief Deputy Brad Stanley said the friend had spoken with Hurlocker earlier in the day and was concerned when she couldn't reach her on the phone.

"When the woman's husband and 7-year-old daughter couldn't be located by officers, deputies broadcast an alert to be on the lookout for the two.

"After figuring out that he might be in Raleigh, Raleigh police went to an address and found 49-year-old Alan Claude Hurlocker, Stanley said.

"Stanley said Hurlocker, who has relatives in Raleigh, was returning to the house as officers were leaving about 12:30 a.m.

"After putting the girl in the house, Stanley said, Hurlocker returned and pulled a gun from his waistband, then shot himself following a brief standoff with the officers.

"Stanley said the girl was safe and didn't witness her father's death. She's been placed into the custody of other relatives, deputies said."


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Workplace Murder/Suicide Leaves Two Dead

"RIVERTON, WV — The West Virginia State Police are investigating a murder-suicide that took place Tuesday afternoon at a trucking company near the community of Riverton.

"According to the Franklin detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Mark Dye, 48, shot and killed Tony William Sites, 63, in front of the business Hinkle Trucking.

"The state police responded, and Sites was declared dead at the scene.

"Dye was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center for self-inflicting injuries suffered from a gunshot wound to the head and was later declared dead.

"Further information is not available."



5:55 P.M. — Victim may have been innocent bystander...

Bodies Discovered At Apartment Complex

"KANSAS CITY, MO — Disturbing story in the Northland. Kansas City police are investigating a murder-suicide after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered at an apartment complex.

Captain Steve Young says officers discovered the bodies Sunday around 11 p.m. while conducting a welfare check in the 8300 block of North Donnelly Avenue. Both were dead from gunshot wounds. Police are still working on how the 27-year-old suspect and 23-year-old victim knew each other."

From Pitch News...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

One Dead, One Injured After Workplace Dispute

"BEDMINSTER, NJ — The two groundskeepers worked together on the same rolling fairways, buzzcut greens and sandy bunkers at the upscale country club in Bedminster.

"But a work-related dispute between the two seasonal laborers turned bloody at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club yesterday, said Somerset County Geoffrey D. Soriano.

"As related by Soriano, the episode began when Francisco Jimenez, a 59-year-old Orange resident, was waiting at the club entrance when his fellow groundskeeper arrived for work about 5 a.m., riding in the passenger’s seat of a car.

"Jimenez flagged down the vehicle, walked to the side where his coworker sat and fired a gun twice into the man’s upper body, Soriano said. The driver floored the accelerator to get away, as Jimenez fled in his own car.

"About 90 minutes later, as detectives closed in on Jimenez’s residence in Orange some 30 miles away, they were confronted with an unexpected end to their pursuit about 6:45 a.m.

"In front of Monte Irvin Park just down the street from his home, Jimenez had shot himself to death, with what detectives believe to be the same gun, according to Soriano’s office. His body lay in the gutter, said an eyewitness.

"The wounded groundskeeper—identified only as a 37-year-old Plainfield man—was taken to an unspecified hospital where he remained in critical condition yesterday, said Capt. Jack Bennett, a Somerset County Prosecutor’s spokesman."


Monday, August 8, 2011

Father And Daughter, 3, Found Dead

"LONGMONT, CO — Police suspect a 38-year-old man shot and killed his 3-year-old daughter and then committed suicide this weekend in his Longmont home at 1260 Red Mountain Drive, according to Cmdr. Jeff Satur.

"Two Longmont police officers found the man and child apparently shot dead in the master bedroom of the home Sunday after they went inside to check on the father and daughter's welfare.

"Satur said the man's wife, from whom he is separated, had gone to the home with her teenage son Sunday after a camping trip to pick up the child, who had been dropped off with her father Friday to spend the weekend. The teen and his mother were unable to get anyone to answer the door and could not get the garage door opener to work. They suspected that the power was out and called police when they became increasingly worried about the situation, according to a search warrant for the home.

"The woman told police she had moved out of the home in June and that she had been unable to reach her husband on his cellphone, which was unusual. She added that he had been making `weird` entries on Facebook recently.

"Satur said the man's wife told investigators that he had previously attempted suicide, but police do not have a significant call history to the home. According to the search warrant, investigators discovered that Heydenburg's vehicle had recently been repossessed.

"The Boulder County Coroner is working to determine the official cause and manner of death, and the official release of the identities of the man and child will be withheld until the coroner confirms the identities and notifies next of kin."


Elderly Couple Had Financial Worries

"LOWELL, IN — An 84-year-old man who was apparently despondent over health and financial issues shot his wife to death over the weekend and then killed himself.

"Police said the couple attended a birthday party Friday.

"Sunday, their daughter came to the home on the 300 block of Eastland Circle and saw the newspaper still outside. She entered the couple's home through a garage door pad and found her parents dead.

"Police said the man had been suffering from Alzheimer's and the woman had vision problems.

"Police said the couple had just depleted their 401(k) and had lost money in the stock market.

"Police said they would not release the names of the victims per the family's request.
The Lake County Coroner's Office is not releasing the names of the deceased pending further investigation."


Suicide Note Found After Suspect Shot By Police

"SAN DIEGO, CA — San Diego's police chief says an officer shot in the face in an apparently unprovoked attack has died, and investigators have found a suicide note left by the suspect who fired the gun.

"Chief William Lansdowne says 36-year-old Jeremy Henwood, a four-year veteran of the department, died Sunday, a day after being shot while sitting in his patrol car at a San Diego intersection.

"The armed suspect, 23-year-old Dejon Marquee White, was later shot to death by police as he tried to avoid arrest. Investigators say they have no motives for the shooting. Police say White wrote a two-page suicide note but it didn't say how he was going to kill himself or why.

"White was a suspect in a shooting earlier Saturday at an In-N-Out restaurant 14 miles away in El Cajon.

"The victim of that shooting is expected to survive."

From KPSP...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Unidentified Bodies Found In Home

"NEW PORT RICHEY, FL — Authorities were investigating an apparent murder-suicide Sunday evening after the bodies of a man and woman were found inside a home.

"Deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office went to the home at 9502 Paver Court to do a welfare check after they received a call from someone close to the family who was concerned because the woman could not be reached.

"Deputies arrived at 7:10 p.m. and found the bodies. Both had gunshot wounds and one of the wounds appeared to have been self-inflicted, the Sheriff's Office said. Their identities have not yet been released by authorities.

"It doesn't appear anyone else was home at the time of the shootings, deputies said."


Two 911 Calls Made Before Shootings

"LAKE VILLA, IL — A Lake Villa couple was found dead in their home late Sunday afternoon following an apparent murder-suicide, officials said.

"Police found both victims dead from gunshot wounds after responding to a call about a domestic dispute in the 36000 block of Lawrence Court just after 4 p.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Chief Wayne Hunter said.

"Both police and Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey declined to identify the couple, pending notification of their families.

"The woman, 49, had been shot twice, while the man, 52, had one gunshot wound under his chin, Hunter said.

"Officials said the couple’s 21-year-old son was at home at the time of the shootings; it was unclear whether the son was injured.

"Hunter said there had been two 911 calls made during the dispute, one from the son and one from the female victim.

"The gun used was a .45-caliber handgun, Hunter said. The investigation was continuing, and it was not yet known who owned the gun, he said."


Teens Expected To Survive Attempted Murder/Suicide

"EAST END, AR — A 16-year-old Saline County girl is expected to survive after the sheriff says an 18-year-old man shot her in the head before taking off and turning the gun on himself.

"The young man remains in the hospital at this hour with life-threatening injuries.

"The sheriff's department won't release their names until at least Monday, but Sunday morning's double shooting rattled a quiet East End neighborhood.

"But, at 8:30 Sunday morning, after already putting out a small fire at the home on the corner of Chicot Road and Barnes Drive, Saline County deputies got another call and found a 16-year-old girl shot in the head.

"After the fire, the girl and her two younger siblings stopped by to get a change of clothes to spend the day at the lake. The Saline County Sheriff says the girl went into her bedroom where the 18-year-old was waiting.

"`He shoots her twice. Takes off running down the street and get over on Barnes and shoots himself,` says Sheriff Bruce Pennington.

"Pennington [said] the teens knew each other and had a history of drama.

"`The young man from Grant County had been wanting to date this young lady, and, she didn't want to, the family didn't want to. So, you know, we've been out here before on this type situation where this young man was here, and we had to escort him off the premises because the family didn't want him here,` says Pennington.

"Sheriff Pennintgon also thinks the families did everything they could to prevent violence."

From KLRT-TV...

Two Dead After Marital Dispute

"BUENA PARK, CA — Detectives are investigating what appears to be the murder-suicide of a married couple in their 50s involved in a marital dispute, Buena Park police Cpl. Andy Luong said.

"At about 10:30 a.m., Luong said, the couple's adult daughter called the police about a suicide. She said her father was in a bedroom at a home in the 6700 block of San Benito Way with a single gunshot wound, Luong said.

"Once they arrived at the home, police found the woman's father and his wife dead in their bedroom with gunshot wounds, officials said.

"Luong said it appears that the father fatally shot the mother before shooting himself.

"The daughter and brother are believed to have been in the home at the time of the discovery.

"The names of the deceased are not being released until all family members are notified, Luong said."

From the OC Register...

Man And Woman Seen Fighting Before Murder/Suicide

"LINCOLN, NE — Lincoln police said a man shot a woman to death and then killed himself.

"Officers arrived to an apartment building at 3608 Huntington Avenue around 7 p.m. to investigate a shots fired call when they learned another shot was fired.

"Police said a witness went to a neighbors after hearing a second shot. That same witness spotted a man and woman fighting in the area.

"Police believe it was a murder-suicide but have not yet released the names of the two people found inside the apartment."


Police Investigate Early Morning Murder/Suicide

"BIRMINGHAM, AL — Jefferson County sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent murder and suicide that happened early this morning.

"Deputies responded to the incident about 3:30 a.m. today on 1836 Oakleaf Lane in northeast Jefferson County, according to a statement from Jefferson County Sheriff Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

"According to Christian:

"A witness, who was spending the night in the house, reported she heard a loud glass break and then saw the homicide victim's estranged 28-year-old boyfriend come in a side door armed with a hand gun. The man ordered the witness out of the house.

"Deputies found a 27-year-old woman dead in the living room next to the glass doors. She had been shot at least once.

"The suspect was also located dead in the upstairs bathroom from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot.

"It was reported that the suspect had been living with the victim until about two weeks ago.

"Identities are being withheld until both families are notified."


Disturbing Text Message Leads To Gruesome Scene

"BROOKLYN PARK, MD — Anne Arundel County homicide detectives are investigating a multiple shooting that killed four people, including two teenagers Sunday morning in Brooklyn Park.

"Police say officers were called to a home in the 600 block of Wood Street at around 9.a.m Sunday after a woman received a disturbing text message from her son and went to check on him at his home. Shortly after officers arrived and while they were talking to the mother outside, they heard a single gunshot from inside the residence.

"Lt. J.D. Batten of the Anne Arundel County Police said officers immediately entered the home where they found the body of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a woman and two teenagers—all shot to death. Police believe the incident was a murder suicide and that the single shot they heard when they arrived was the man who sent the text shooting himself.

"Police do not have a motive for the shootings, but neighbors say the shooter may have been upset about losing his job.

"The relationship between the shooter and the victims and their names and ages is under investigation and is not being released."


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Divorce, Financial Troubles Drove Woman To Murder/Suicide

"FARMINGTON, MI — Farmington Hills police said they’re investigating the apparent murder-suicide of a husband and wife who were going through a bitter divorce and severe financial trouble.

"A 52-year-old woman fatally shot her husband, 53, with a handgun before turning the weapon on herself Friday night, police said. They found the couple dead after a friend of the woman’s called police because she’d gone to the home and no one answered when she knocked, despite both family cars being parked at the house on Orion Court off Middlebelt north of 12 Mile Road.

"Both died of single gunshot wounds to the head, police said. They were not being identified pending notification of relatives.

"Police said the couple was in deep financial distress that included a failed business. The husband had moved out of their home about five days ago but returned Friday night for a meeting with his wife.

"The couple did not have children, and there was no history of domestic violence at the home, police said.

"The woman had tucked a note into her waistband, but police would not reveal what it said."

Source: Detroit Free Press...

Couple Hospitalized After Botched Murder/Suicide

"ENGLEWOOD, FL — A 66-year-old Englewood man shot his wife Friday night and then turned the gun on himself.

"Nancy and Frank Olms are currently listed in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

"According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report deputies were dispatched to 50 Beverly Circle in Englewood just after 7pm in response to a shots fired call. When they arrived they found the Olms suffering from gunshot wounds.

"They were treated by emergency service personnel at the scene and then transported by helicopter to BMC. Investigators say Frank Olms shot Nancy Olms, 48, before shooting himself.

"The investigation continues."

From WTVT...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Three Bodies Found In Car

"SANTA CLARITA, CA — Three people were found shot dead inside a sedan parked in the driveway of a Santa Clarita Valley suburban home today in an apparent murder-suicide.

"All of the victims were adults, all apparently shot inside the dark four-door sedan on Bayview Court in Bridgeport.

"Shortly after 3:15 p.m., someone phoned Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies to report seeing people dead in the car, said Deputy Douglas Huntley.

"No names have been released.

"`We responded for a call from someone with information about gunshots being fired inside a car,` Huntley said late Friday afternoon. `She went to a vehicle at which point she could see three deceased inside the vehicle. It appears to be a murder-suicide.`

"In front of the house, a dark-colored 2006 Acura sat with its trunk open, an ambulance positioned in the middle of the tiny cul-de-sac.

"No patients were taken by ambulance from the two-story, two-door garage.

"`Deputies who responded to this address were responding to someone who located three gunshot victims,` Huntley said. `When deputies arrived they, indeed, found three deceased adults dead of gunshot wounds.`

"The car was parked in the driveway of the home where Susan Strassner lives with her husband, Martin, and two adult sons."



08/06/2011 — Victims were shooter's elderly in-laws...

Man Steps In Front Of Train After Stabbing Woman

"RAYNE, LA — The man accused of stabbing a woman in Rayne is the same man whose vehicle was wrecked in Scott on Jenkins Rd. Shortly after that wreck, Lafayette deputies say that same man who crashed was hit by a train while at Cameron St. and Jenkins Rd.

"According to Rayne Police Chief Carroll Stelly, 29-year-old Gregory William Redondo Jr., of Duson, allegedly stabbed a woman three times. Police received a call around 11:04 a.m. about a woman stabbed at the corner of Oak and North Polk Streets. The woman was stabbed in her arm, neck and chest and is in stable condition at a hospital.

"That's when Redondo allegedly took off to Lafayette Parish, wrecking the car. Shortly after, a train engineer reported striking a pedestrian on railroad tracks parallel to the Cameron Street in Lafayette Parish."


Dead Couple Found In Car

"HUMBLE, TX — Authorities are investigating a report of two people dead in a car near Humble.

"Early this afternoon, the Harris County Sheriff's Office dispatch received a call reporting two people dead inside an abandoned car in the 15100 block of Silhouette Ridge near John Ralston.

"Responding deputies found two people unresponsive in a late model Chevy Camaro. Both people were pronounced dead on the scene.

"Initial reports are that the deaths of a man and woman are a murder/suicide. The woman had been reported missing out of Dallas, we're told. The victims have not yet been identified.

"Harris County Homicide investigators are on the scene."

From KTRK TV...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Couple Married 66 Years Found Dead

"WINDSOR, NC — Sheriff's deputies in Bertie County are investigating what they're calling a murder-suicide.

"Two people were found dead in a home on Highway 13, just north of Windsor. An adult male and adult female were found dead.

"They've been identified as 87-year-old Frank Cowan and his wife, 86-year-old Dorothy `Dot` Cowan. Family members said they were both very ill—Frank suffering from pneumonia and Dot suffering from Alzheimer's Disease—prior to this incident.

"Frank and Dot were married 66 years and had four children; they were also high school sweethearts, family members said. Frank was a volunteer firefighter with Bertie County for almost 50 years. The family added the two were a very close and inseparable couple, always holding hands as they strolled through town.

"Their daughter, Dianne Movley, wanted people to know how they loved one another.

"`He just didn't want to leave my momma alone,` Movley said."



08/05/2011 — "An act of love" with a gun...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Teen Shoots Girlfriend, Self

"MAINEVILLE, OH — A 17-year-old girl is shot and killed on her birthday. Tonight police say her 18-year-old ex-boyfriend shot her before later turning the gun on himself.

"The girl was shot in the stomach outside of the Four Paws Pet Care on Landen Drive this afternoon. She works at the pet center. The girl was rushed to Bethesda North hospital where she died.

"The gunman returned to his home on Rollinghitch Court after the shooting. After a brief SWAT standoff, the 18-year-old was found dead in the house.

"Investigators are not releasing the names of the teens at this point. "

From WKRC...


08/05/2011 — Teens' relationship, breakup exposed...
08/09/2011 — Racist fliers appear in wake of murder/suicide...

Unknown Incident Results In Murder/Suicide

"SALINA, UT — A man and a woman were found dead Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide in Salina.

"Police were dispatched to 289 North 100 East Wednesday morning after receiving a report that a woman had been shot by her boyfriend. When they arrived at the house, they found the bodies of 39-year-old Tina Bates and 50-year-old Tracy Hill, both of Salina.

"Bates' 13-year-old son was in the house at the time of the incident. Salina police say the boy was confronted by Hill and escaped from him by punching him several times in the face. They say the boy then went over to a neighbor's home and called 911.

"It is unknown what provoked the incident at the home.

"Police say Tina Bates was found dead in the hallway of her home. Tracy Hill was also found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"Hill and Bates dated for several years and had broken up within the past two months. Their bodies were sent to the Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy.

"Neighbors say Bates worked at a local turkey factory and also has a daughter that recently left for college.

"Police say there have been no reports of any domestic violence in the past at the home."

From KTSU Fox13...

Mother And Son Found Dead In Home

"KENSINGTON, MD — A mother and her son were found dead in their home in Kensington on Tuesday afternoon, say Montgomery County Police.

"They say detectives are investigating the 54-year-old mother and 13-year-old son's deaths as an apparent murder-suicide.

"Margaret Ferne Jensvold's co-worker called police after she was unable to contact Jensvold for several days, according to police. Police officers responded to the home in the unit block of Simms Court at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and found Benjamin H. Barnhard dead in his bedroom. They also found Margaret Jensvold deceased in her bedroom.

"Police originally stated that Jensvold killed her son, then herself in this incident, but later retracted that statement.

"Police say both son and mother had trauma to their bodies. The circumstances of their deaths are still under investigation."



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