Wednesday, November 30, 2011
"JACKSONBURG, WV — Preliminary findings are that the deaths of a husband and wife in Jacksonburg Sunday were the result of a murder-suicide, according to Wetzel County Sheriff James Hoskins.
"A 50-year-old female and 52-year-old male were found dead inside their home on Richwood Run Road Sunday with Deputy Eric Daugherty pronouncing them dead at 12:03 p.m., according to Wetzel County Medical Examiner Carla McBee.
"Daugherty and a West Virginia State Police officer responded to a call the Wetzel County Sheriff's Department received at about 10:15 a.m. asking them to check on the well being of the two individuals there. `He found both bodies in the residence,` said Hoskins.
"They have been sent for autopsies to determine the exact cause or method of death and Hoskins said once the autopsies are completed, more information will be released. However, McBee said her initial findings at the scene put the female's death at 12 to 15 hours prior to the discovery and the male's death four to five hours before she assessed the scene.
"`It's really tragic that something like this happens,` said Hoskins. `Hopefully the family will be able to get through it all and move on.`
"He further tried to allay any fears in the community by saying, `It was an isolated incident. It is not something the public needs to be concerned with right now. There is no concern for public safety.`"
Source: Wetzel Chronicle....
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
"ANCHORAGE, AK — Yesterday afternoon, a man, concerned that he had not heard from his friends in three or four days, took it upon himself to check on them. He entered their house on Bona Kim Loop, through the garage. He was confronted with the aftermath of extreme and unexplained violence. The Anchorage Police Department was called.
"When the police arrived, they observed a man suspended, hanging by the neck, with the body of a woman nearby. The police stated that blood was found at the scene, but were yet unsure of the details of the woman's death.
"According to Sgt. Michael Kerle, the man, who was approximately 40-41 years old, and the woman who was approximately 34, had been deceased for about a day. Although their names have not been released, Kerle stated that the last names of the victims were not the same.
"The two had only recently moved into the neighborhood. A neighbor reported that an argument was overheard on November 25th. Kyle Therrien, a neighbor, reported that the two, new to the area, kept to themselves.
"Anita Shell, a spokeswoman for the police department, stated that in was unknown if the man who reported the incident to the police was related to the deceased. She stated that the investigation had slowed because of a language barrier. A Korean translator is to be used in the investigation."
From Alaska Native News...
"MASON, MI — Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman found this afternoon as suspicious.
"`We are treating it as a homicide until we know differently,` said Sgt. Ed Hude.
"The victims, a white man and white woman, were found after police were called about 2:32 p.m. for a welfare check at Heb's Inn & Motel, located in the 500 block of North Cedar Road near U.S. 127.
"Police on scene are waiting on a search warrant and the Michigan State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit."
Source: Lansing State Journal...
UPDATE:11/30/2011 — Perp was ex-cop who had kidnapped his wife...
Monday, November 28, 2011
"GILROY, CA — A San Jose police sergeant and his wife were found dead in their Gilroy home overnight, and investigators believe it was a murder-suicide, [according to] multiple sources...
"Neither San Jose police or Gilroy police would not immediately comment on the reports.
"Sources identify the officer as Christopher Shimek, a veteran officer. He and his wife, Lynn, lived in Gilroy with two children, who were not injured."
UPDATE:11/27/2011 — "We're not able to release any information on how she died..."
Sunday, November 27, 2011
"READSBORO, VT — A Vermont deer hunter accidentally shot and killed his hunting buddy, and was so devastated he turned his rifle on himself, state police say.
"Investigators say Benjamin Birch, 39, Timothy Bolognani, 49, and Mark Colford were hunting near Readsboro, Vt., on Saturday afternoon when Birch shot a deer, according to local reports.
"The wounded animal managed to run off, and the trio began tracking it through the brush, local station WPTZ reported. Later Bolognani fired at what he may have thought was the deer, but instead heard Birch scream out in pain.
"Bolognani and Colford later found their pal bleeding on the ground, but could do nothing to save his life. Overwhelmed with grief, Bolognani then committed suicide with his own rifle, cops say.
"Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy, but police said they don't suspect any foul play in the incident.
"According to a local report, Bolognani’s mother, Betty, is a former Vermont state representative."
From the New York Daily News...
"COLUMBUS, GA — Columbus police discovered on Saturday what they’re calling a murder-suicide after they responded to a St. Marys Road apartment.
"Ruby Grant, 21, and Freddie Grant, 27, were found fatally shot inside a Huckleberry Hill Apartment, 4570 St. Marys Road, about 7 p.m. Initially responding to the home about a young child being outside by himself, officers found the bodies when they stepped inside the pair’s apartment, authorities said.
"`When they got there is when they found the victim,` Sgt. Matt Blackstock said. `When they investigated, they found the other victim.`
"Blackstock said Freddie Grant shot Ruby Grant.
"Coroner Bill Thrower, who hasn’t yet released the names of the deceased, said both Grants were in the Army.
"Police declined to release further details."
From the Ledger-Enquirer...
"CLIFTON, NJ — A son shot his mother then purposely overdosed on an unspecified narcotic in their home, authorities believe.
"Robert Regazzi, 20, and his mother Cheryl Regazzi, 53, were found dead Saturday afternoon by a family friend. The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office is still investigating the deaths, but says all appearances point toward a murder-suicide.
"`Although the investigation is continuing, it appears the son killed the mom, then took his own life,` said John Latoracca, the office's chief assistant prosecutor.
"Cheryl Regazzi was killed by a single gunshot wound, and it appears that Robert Regazzi died from some kind of narcotic overdose—though the toxicology results might not be available for several weeks, Latoracca added.
"A neighbor said the Regazzi family were `very polite, very nice,` and that the family put out their garbage on Thanksgiving night. But no one took in the trash cans the following day."
Saturday, November 26, 2011
"HARRISBURG, PA — On Friday around 9:28 p.m. in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Police were dispatched to an address on Kristy Lane for a report of a possible suicide. When police arrived, they found two victims dead from gunshot wounds inside the home.
"The victims were blood related and sources say that one of them was a teenage girl. The sources also [said] that her dad shot her. At this time Swatara Township Police are not confirming that information. Their names are not being released. A full criminal investigation is on-going. It's being investigated as a Homicide-Suicide.
"The Swarata Township Police Department believes there is no immediate threat to the general public as the investigation revealed the suspect in the homicide is deceased."
"LARUE COUNTY, KY — An Elizabethtown husband killed his wife and a Radcliff man on a rural road in LaRue County Tuesday, then fatally shot himself, Kentucky State Police said Friday.
"David Walker, 51, shot his wife, Barbara Walker, 51, and Steve L. Bottoms, 55, on Heying Lane in LaRue County, about three miles east of Sonora and Interstate 65, police said.
"Barbara Walker died from a gunshot wound to the chest and torso, police said. Bottoms, of Radcliff, died from a gunshot wound to the head.
"The Walkers’ daughter, April M. Roberts, 32, of Elizabethtown, was shot in both her legs, police said. She was transported to University Hospital Tuesday after driving herself to an Emergency Medical Services office in Elizabethtown and was listed in fair condition Friday, hospital spokesman David McArthur said.
"David Walker died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.
"The shootings stemmed from a `domestic violence incident,` and police had responded to calls involving the Walkers in recent weeks, police have said."
"MARINA, CA — A woman was dead and a man gravely wounded in a double shooting Friday at a Marina motel.
"`It appears to be a murder-suicide,` Marina police Lt. Rick Janicki said in the parking lot of the Motel 6, 100 Reservation Road.
"He cautioned that the investigation had just begun and the suspicion of an attempted murder and suicide was based on preliminary findings.
"According to Janicki, events unfolded this way:
"Police went to the motel just before 6:15 p.m. after receiving multiple calls about gunfire. Officers found a man in lying in the parking lot who had been shot in the head. He was still alive and was taken away by ambulance.
"As they investigated, they heard a gunshot from a nearby room. Using a pass key, officers entered the room and found a dead woman. She too had been shot in the head.
"`Two children are in protective custody,` Janicki said. They were not injured.
"Police had not positively identified the victims as of 8:30 p.m. The relationship between the man and woman and between the adults and the children was not immediately known, Janicki said. The ages of the children was not known.
"Police used headlights from their patrol cars to illuminate the parking lot at the back of the motel where the male victim had been found. Blood was pooled on the asphalt.
"The two-story motel on Reservation Road is just off Highway 1. The clerk on duty declined to comment."
From the Contra Costa Times...
UPDATE:11/28/2011 — Woman shot herself in front of kids...
Friday, November 25, 2011
"SHAVANO PARK, TX — Shavano Park police say an elderly man shot and killed his wife on Thanksgiving Day before turning the gun on himself.
"Authorities have identified the victims as 72-year-old Rodney and 70-year-old Antoinette Haynes, of 91 Mossy Cup Lane.
"Shavano Park police said they were called to the home at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday in report of possible injuries. Upon arriving, officers said they found the couple laying on the ground near one another, each with a fatal gunshot wound.
"Investigators were originally investigating the deaths as a possible double homicide, but ruled it a murder-suicide Friday afternoon.
"Police allege Rodney shot himself in the neck after fatally shooting his wife in the head.
"Investigators said there were no signs of forced entry and a shotgun was found near the bodies.
"The bodies were removed from the home and taken to the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office. An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday and results of the forensic pathology report is expected sometime next week."
"MASON, MI — The call came in to police on Thursday night.
"`On Thanksgiving Day at approximately 8:30 p.m. deputies from the Ingham County Sheriff Department were dispatched to 440 S. Hanna Rd. in Ingham Township,` Ingham County Sheriff, Gene Wriggelsworth, said.
"Deputies responded to the Mason home because a family member hadn't heard from their brother in awhile. The family member arrived to a deadly scene at the home and immediately called police.
"`Deputies responded and discovered not only the original person who was found shot, but a female as well who had been shot and killed,` Sheriff Wriggelsworth added.
"An investigation concluded it was a murder/suicide with all evidence pointing toward the female being shot first. The male, 53-year-old Timothy Hencricks and the 62-year-old female, who's name is not being released until notification of family, lived in the home together.
"`The relationship was apparently a tumultuous one which is obviously why they got divorced,` Sheriff Wriggelsworth said.
"After the divorce the couple moved back in with each other, but had been having troubles as of late.
"`It's our understanding that he had served eviction papers on her within the last few days,` Sheriff Wriggelsworth said.
"The house in no stranger to police. Deputies have responded to the home multiple times in the past all for attempted suicide attempts from both the male and female."
"LOS ANGELES, CA — A man apparently shot his wife to death at the door of their Gardena apartment, stepped away from her and then killed himself, police said today.
"Detectives said it appeared the husband, Won Chin, 59, committed the Wednesday night acts in the 15800 block of South Normandie Avenue because of a failing marriage.
"`She moved out fairly recently,` Gardena police Sgt. Russ Temple said. `She came over to the house that night and it looks like he met her at the door and shot her with one single gunshot wound to the head.`
"Police officers responding to the 8:35 p.m. report of gunshots found the wife lying in front of the entrance to their upstairs apartment, Gardena police Lt. Uikilifi Niko said.
"The man, identified later as Chin, was found just inside the apartment door. Temple said it appeared that Chin backed up after he shot his wife, put the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger.
"Chin was unresponsive when paramedics tried to treat him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"His wife died in surgery at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
"Police today said they had not learned much about the couple's relationship and why Chin would kill her.
"`It looks like they are recently estranged, going through a divorce,` Temple said.
"The wife's name was not released pending notification of her relatives."
From the Contra Costa Times...
"DESOTO, TX — Three people are dead after a shooting at a DeSoto home Friday afternoon.
"A man shot his ex-girlfriend, her father and her new boyfriend at a home on 1040 Oak Meadow Lane before turning the gun on himself, according to the DeSoto Police Department.
"DeSoto police identified the victims as Autumn Carey, her father Gerald Malone, and her boyfriend Adrian Jessie.
"Police said Carey's ex-boyfriend, Alonzo Henderson of Okmulgee, Okla., drove down to DeSoto with a .380 caliber handgun. Police did find his car but it wasn't parked in front of the victims' home.
"Henderson attempted to kill himself but didn't, he is in critical condition at a local hospital, according to police. Police said if he survives he will face capital murder charges.
"Rod Pearson said the girl's mother knocked hysterically on his door and said `he kicked the door in and he shot him.` Pearson said he asked her about her husband and she answered, `he shot him also.`
"Carey's mother and two children under the age of 18 were in the house at the time of the shooting but were not injured."
Thursday, November 24, 2011
"PALMETTO, FL — A Manatee county man and a woman are dead in what deputies believe is a murder suicide.
"The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. at an apartment on US Highway 41 North in Palmetto.
"According to the sheriff's office, the man and woman are an ex-couple, both in their 20s, who met up to talk. A fight broke out and deputies say the man shot the woman outside, then went inside the apartment and killed himself.
"No word yet on the identity of the victims."
"OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — An ongoing domestic dispute turned deadly Thursday morning when police say a man shot and killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in northwest Oklahoma City.
"Staff Sgt. Keith Cornman said officers received a 911 call from a child about 7:30 a.m. Thursday about a shooting at a home in the 5900 block of Gaelic Glen Drive. He said officers arrived and found a woman who had been fatally shot inside a home.
"The woman was lying in the hallway of the home, unresponsive. Police said they found her boyfriend in the bathroom with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Cornman said the man is still alive but was taken to OU Medical Center in critical condition.
"He said officers were called out to the home Wednesday night because of a domestic dispute. He said the woman returned Thursday morning to pick up her things when the shooting occurred.
"At least three children were at the home, but Cornman said it doesn't appear they witnessed the shooting.
"Names of the man and woman are being held pending notification of family members."
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
"LA PUENTE, CA — Three people have been killed in a shooting in La Puente, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said.
"The triple shooting occurred at about 10:25 a.m. at a home in the 700 block of Sierra Vista Court near Hacienda Boulevard and Glendora Avenue.
"Sheriff's department Lt. Pete Cacheiro said a woman and her boyfriend were shot and killed by a man believed to be the woman's ex-boyfriend who then shot himself. Sheriff's department officials are investigating the case as a murder-suicide.
"City officials and neighbors, however, said the woman was a grandmother in her fifties who lived in the home with her boyfriend as they took care of her three grandchildren.
"Neighbors in the area said three children between the ages of 3 to 5 were seen being taken away from the home this morning.
"Family members are at the scene of the shooting and one woman could be seen crying and collapsed as she was given the news."
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
"MARSHALL, VA — Deputies say a 60-year-old man was shot and killed in a Marshall-area home Sunday afternoon.
"John Michael Deal, of Fauquier County, was found dead from gunshot wounds to his torso at 4:30 p.m. in a home in the 17000 block of Crest Hill Road, according to Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. James Hartman.
"Authorities say 57-year-old Judy Kay Deal was also at the scene suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital for emergency surgery.
"Hartman confirmed that either John or Judy Deal was the shooter but did not comment further.
"A family member alerted deputies to the domestic shooting after hearing gunshots, Hartman said.
"Officials say the couple is married but estranged.
"The case is still under investigation."
"CABOOL, MO — Police in Cabool, Missouri say a woman shot her 15 year old son to death, then turned the gun on herself.
"Police issued a news release early Tuesday morning with limited details about the shooting.
"Family members called police Monday and officers went a house at 624 Sunset in Cabool shortly before 4:30 p.m.
"They found the bodies of Tammy Fleming, 43, and her 15 year old son, Charles Loftis. Both were shot to death.
"Cabool police officer Walter Darter tells KOLR10 News there was no history of trouble at the home, according to police records.
"According to the news release, the preliminary investigation shows Fleming shot the boy, then herself.
"Darter says investigators are looking at financial issues as a possible motive."
"SHADY COVE, OR — A shooting related to a domestic dispute has left two people dead near Shady Cove.
"The incident happened around 2:30 a.m., Tuesday morning. On duty deputies arrived on the scene, responding to a call of shots fired at a house on the 20000 block of Highway 62. The deputies found a female victim dead from a gunshot wound. After that, a SWAT team was called out.
"The SWAT team found a man dead with a gun by the Rogue River just a short distance away from the home. A small caliber handgun was found and is believed to be connected to the shooting. A medical examiner was called to the scene.
"Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies have confirmed that the two dead are 36-year-old Dewayne Upton and his wife, 30-year-old Makiala Lynn Upton, both of Shady Cove.
"Dewayne Upton's grandfather [said] that he received a call from his grandson who claimed that he had shot and killed his wife."
Monday, November 21, 2011
"CLEVELAND, OH — Cleveland police are investigation after two people were found dead at a house on the city’s east side.
"The bodies were discovered just before noon on Monday at a residence in the 10200 block of Hampden Avenue. Cleveland police are calling it a murder/suicide.
"According to police, the female victim had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body, while the male, 32, had a single gunshot wound to his chest. Both were unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. Officers recovered a handgun.
"The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the woman as 31-year-old Ranna Peal. The two bodies were found when a friend of Peal's went to check on her, police said.
"The name of the male has not been released, pending next of kin notification. The medical examiner will determine each victim’s official cause of death."
"BATON ROUGE, LA — A Baton Rouge couple was found dead inside their home Monday morning. Both had been shot.
"It happened in Baton Rouge's Shenandoah subdivision.
"A spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said it appears a man killed his wife and then took his own life.
"The victims were identified as Timothy Grady, 52, and Natalie Grady, age 49.
"Deputies were dispatched to the home at 11:55am when a family member found the bodies and called 911.
"The home is located on 15502 Antietam Street.
"The home is located near the corner of Shenandoah Avenue, just east of the Shenandoah Country Club."
Sunday, November 20, 2011
"PLEASANT GARDEN, NC — Sheriff Barnes and deputies were on location on Ritters Lake Road in Pleasant Garden, investigating a murder-suicide that hospitalized 5 people and killed 1 person other than the suspect.
"Sheriff Barnes held a news conference at 1pm on Sunday with details. He said he believed this was a domestic incident, but did not specify who was related or how.
"The suspect was a female and the victims were between 9 and 40 years old.
"The shootings took place at different locations in Pleasant Garden.
"Deputies responded to a shooting shortly after 9am in the parking lot of GTCC Aviation Campus on Regional Road. The victim was transported to Moses Cone with non-life threatening injuries.
"Deputies then started looking for the suspect vehicle, when it was located on Remora Drive. As deputies started up the road, the suspect turned the gun on herself.
"Deputies approached the vehicle and found a second victim in the back seat who had been shot.
"After identifying the suspect and victim, deputies proceeded to the suspect's house on Cocoa Drive and found 4 additional gunshot victims.
"Out of the 4 victims, 1 was pronounced dead at the scene and the other 3 were transported to the hospital.
"The suspect was pronounced dead on arrival at Moses Cone Hospital.
"Three of the victims were put on life-support."
From WFMY News...
"LAS VEGAS, NV — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a possible murder-suicide that occurred at around 8:39 p.m. Friday.
"A male contacted Metro because he suspected foul play at the 7700 block of Mocorito when his girlfriend never showed up for work after dropping off her child at her ex-boyfriend's home.
"Upon arrival to the residence, officers looked through the home's window and saw a large amount of blood inside. Domestic violence detectives were notified and obtained a search warrant for the residence.
"Officers later discovered the suspect's vehicle in the area of Sunset and Hualapai Avenues.
"Inside the vehicle, officers found the bodies of a male, female and infant child. Officers said they believe gunshot wounds to have been the cause of death.
"Homicide detectives believe that the female victim and infant child may have been murdered at the Mocorito address and were then placed in the suspect's vehicle.
"Additionally, detectives believe that the suspect drove to the area of Sunset and Hualapai Avenues and committed suicide by shooting himself.
"This investigation remains ongoing."
From KVVU Las Vegas...
Friday, November 18, 2011
"SPRING CREEK, NV — Elko County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a possible murder/suicide that occurred Friday at a home in Spring Creek.
"According to detective Cpl. James Carpenter, deputies were dispatched at 9:30 p.m. to a residence Friday on a report a woman had been shot. A male caller, later identified as Kurt Stefka, 48, had told the dispatcher he had been shot at by his wife.
"During an attempt to disarm her, Stefka had said the gun discharged and struck his wife, Stacie Stefka, 42, in the head. Stefka then hung up on the dispatcher.
"Deputies found both Kurt and Stacie Stefka on the floor of their residence, bleeding.
"Kurt Stefka was transported to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital where he was later declared to be dead as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot. Stacie Stefka was declared dead at her home as the result of a gunshot to her head."
Source: Elko Daily Free Press...
"PORTERVILLE, UT — Police are investigating the deaths of two people found dead in a Morgan County home.
"According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, family members contacted police after repeated attempts to contact the couple for more than three days. When deputies arrived, they found a man and a woman dead on the living room floor.
"There were also bullet holes in some windows in the home. Investigators do not believe the shots came from outside.
"Police are treating the case as a murder-suicide, though they don't know the details of how the two people died.
"Morgan County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Lee says that over the past few years they have responded to several calls at the home, including domestic disputes."
From ABC 4 News...
"LANDER, WY — The Wyoming family was driving to a doctor's appointment when a distraught teenager saw his chance in their headlights, authorities say. Matthew Denton throttled his SUV to 97 mph, steered into the opposite lanes, and kept his foot off the brake.
"The head-on crash just after midnight Nov. 10 killed five people including 17-year-old Denton and four in a Dodge Caravan minivan: 41-year-old Corina Surrell-Norman; her ex-husband, Arvin Surrell; their 25-year-old son, Ethan Surrell; and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Melinda Escamilla.
"The minivan was going between 50 and 55 mph when the crash happened four miles south of Lander, a town of about 7,400 at the foot of the Wind River Range
"The crash happened on a stretch of Wyoming Highway 789 that had two southbound lanes and a northbound lane. Denton was headed north when he crossed into both southbound lanes.
"The collision occurred in the inner southbound lane. The van tumbled off the highway and caught fire. Two people were ejected from the van and the other two burned inside.
"Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said the collision killed all four in the van instantly."
From The Seattle Times...
Thursday, November 17, 2011
"CARMEL, NY — A Mahopac, N.Y. man shot and killed a man his estranged wife was seeing, then turned the gun on himself, police said.
"Michael Boccardi, 47, was squatting in the bushes near the Woodland Road home of Michael Purdy on Wednesday, when the latter came home, authorities said.
"Purdy and Boccardi's wife had dined out that night, according to a Carmel police press release released on Thursday.
"Carmel police say Boccardi sprang up and shot Purdy, 56, several times, including once in the head.
"Boccardi then scrambled into the passenger's seat of his wife's 2000 Mercury Sable that was parked in the driveway and shot himself in front of his wife, authorities said.
"Police recovered a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol from the scene, which they say was registered to Boccardi, the release said."
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
"DELAND, FL — Volusia County deputies make a shocking discovery inside of a DeLand home.
"Neighbors of Leatha Benio, 78, and Stanley Benio, 68, who were found dead inside their Glenwood Road home Wednesday morning, were shocked to see crime scene tape draped around the house.
"Jill Miller [said] the Benios were a loving couple, although Leatha did suffer from a number of medical problems.
"The Volusia County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call just before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man on the phone told a dispatcher he just shot his wife and was about to kill himself. Deputies were immediately sent to the address, where they found an open door.
"Brandon Haught, a spokesman for the sheriff's office [said] dispatchers are trained to try to keep people on the phone and try to de-escalate a situation but `if someone has their mind made up, there's only so much you can do over the phone.`
"The man told the dispatcher both he and his wife had been in pain and did not want to go through it anymore."
"AUSTIN, TX — A former local volunteer firefighter and ambulance professional who assisted at Ground Zero in the days following Sept. 11, 2001 is suspected of killing his wife in Texas early Sunday before fatally turning his gun on himself.
"Leonard A. Joseph, 47, a longtime Western New York resident who most recently lived in Akron before moving to Texas in 2009, was found shot with his wife, Lara Joseph, 40, early Sunday in suburban Austin, Hays County sheriff's officials reported.
"Sheriff's Lt. Dennis Gutierrez said authorities responded to the couple's Wild Rose Drive home about 3:45 a.m. for a report of two victims with gunshot wounds. When they arrived, Lara Joseph was dead. Leonard Joseph sustained a gunshot wound to his head, according to reports.
"He was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge, where he died Monday.
"`The investigation is ongoing pending autopsy results,` said Gutierrez, who refused to confirm a murder-suicide had occurred. However, he said police had determined `no third party was involved` in the crime.
"Family members told The Buffalo News Tuesday night that sheriff's officials have confirmed to them that it was a murder-suicide."
"AUBURN, WA — Auburn Police are investigating a possible domestic murder/suicide.
"An older couple of Asian descent were found dead in their apartment on the 900 block of 12th St. SE.
"Police responded to the home at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday on a welfare check when a person had called 911 after seeing a body inside.
"Police discovered the two bodies when they arrived."
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
"SAN BERNARDINO, CA — A 37-year-old man went to his estranged wife's home Tuesday morning and shot her to death before taking his own life, police officials said.
"Police officers responded to a 9-1-1 call just before 8:15 a.m. at a home in the 1300 block of E. Hardt Street. The 9-1-1 caller told dispatchers that two adults were `down` inside the home.
"When police arrived, they found Yao Nhaw Pak, 37, and Ammalin Bilavarn, 31, lying on the floor of the home. Both had sustained gunshot wounds to the upper body, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office.
"Pak and Bilavarn were married but separated, San Bernardino police officials said. Pak allegedly went to Bilavarn's house and shot her. He then turned the gun on himself.
"Paramedics pronounced both dead at the scene.
"The couple had two `school-age` children who are now staying with relatives, police officials said."
Monday, November 14, 2011
"COLONA, IL — Colona Police were investigating the death of a couple whose bodies were found in their apartment Saturday, November 12, 2011.
"The bodies of Martin and Kathleen Gardner were found just after 7 p.m. Both suffered apparent gunshot wounds.
"Neighbors said they believed it was a murder-suicide.
"A written statement issued Monday, November 14 by Colona Police supported the murder-suicide.
"`Indications are that this was a case of a homicide and suicide. However, the case remains under investigation,` said the written statement.
"An autopsy was planned."
Sunday, November 13, 2011
"SANFORD, FL — Detectives continue to investigate a possible murder/suicide of a married couple in Seminole County on Saturday night.
"Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies said Rocio and Bryan Coffin were found dead in their home Friday night.
"Deputies responded to the home on the 2500 block of Bullion Loop near Sanford around 11:45 p.m., after receiving reports of a shooting. They said the adult son called authorities after his mother told him there was trouble at the house.
"Officials said when deputies first got on the scene, a gunshot was heard coming from inside the house and they immediately evacuated neighbors.
"`I didn't know I thought something was wrong, something was really wrong but I didn't know what it was,` said neighbor Debbie Landfair.
"When deputies entered the home, they found the Coffins dead from gunshot wounds.
"Deputies believe Rocio Coffin may have shot her husband before shooting herself, but deputies said the medical examiner must confirm that. Deputies also found the handgun they believe was used in the shooting."
Friday, November 11, 2011
"WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Winston-Salem police found a 6-year-old girl and her father dead inside their home Thursday afternoon.
"Iza Lily Morris, 6, and Derek Morris, 32, had each suffered a single gunshot wound, police said.
"Investigators are looking into the possibility that the deaths were a murder-suicide, police Lt. Rob Cozart said. Police found a handgun in the house.
"Police are not looking for a suspect in their deaths, Cozart said.
"The bodies were found shortly before 3:30 p.m. in a house in the 5300 block of Old Rural Hall Road in northeastern Winston-Salem. According to Forsyth County tax records, the house is owned by Derek and Sarah A. Morris.
"Investigators learned that Morris was estranged from his wife, the mother of Iza, and that the couple was reportedly in the early stages of separating and discussing the custody of their daughter, Cozart said.
"Police are working with the Forsyth County medical examiner's office, and autopsies will be conducted later, Cozart said."
From the Winston-Salem Journal...
"SOLANO COUNTY, CA — Solano County sheriff's officers are investigating a murder-suicide late Thursday afternoon.
"Deputies said they received a 911 call about a fight in the 3400 block of Chadbourne Road just outside of Fairfield shortly after 5:30 p.m.
"Deputies said the call led officers to a white Cadillac traveling south on Chadbourne Road from Cordelia Road, and as officers were getting in position to stop the car, they heard two gunshots and the car drove off the road.
"Officials said the woman, 25-year-old Erica Dominguez, was driving and the passenger, 35-year-old Enrique Preciado, was holding a gun. Both were dead, police said.
"The two were transported to the Solano County Coroner’s Office, where autopsies are scheduled to be performed on Monday.
"Authorities said the investigation is ongoing."
Thursday, November 10, 2011
"PITTSBURGH, CA — A Pittsburg man distraught over crumbling finances apparently shot three relatives to death before killing himself in his home early Thursday morning, police said.
"Police received a call about 4 a.m. from a home in the 200 block of Jack London Court from a male resident making suicidal statements and threatening family members. Officers went to the house and attempted to communicate with the caller, including using a megaphone.
"After several attempts to make contact, the officers entered the home and found four dead adults, two females and two males, including the man police believe called them. The identities of the victims have not been released, but police described them as a 73-year-old man, a 65-year-old woman and a 35-year-old woman. Additionally, the person who police believe contacted them, a 39-year-old man, was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.
"Lt. Ron Raman said the victims and the shooter were all related. A firearm was recovered at the scene, Raman said. He also said police could not find any record of having responded to this home in the past.
"An initial investigation indicates that the suspected shooter was overwhelmed with personal financial problems. Police said he posted what appeared to be a suicidal message on Facebook before the shootings.
"`He appeared to be depressed over growing financial obligations he could not meet,` Raman said."
"MARIETTA, GA — Marietta police said Thursday that two mixed martial arts fighters whose bodies were found in their Springdale Drive home Wednesday night died in a murder-suicide.
"The two were identified Thursday as Maryellen Cano, 32, and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Wilbur Carl South.
"Both are MMA fighters who have appeared on fight cards at Wild Bill's in Duluth. South fought under the name Sonny `The Pitbull` South.
"About 6 p.m. Wednesday, Cano's father came to police headquarters to report that his daughter had been missing for the past two days, Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin said.
"`The investigation led to Maryellen Cano's residence,` Baldwin said. `Officers were unable to make contact with anyone at the residence, but Maryellen Cano's vehicle was still parked in the driveway.`
"Officers contacted the property's owner, went in and found Cano and her boyfriend dead.
"Baldwin said the two had an on-going domestic dispute, and South apparently shot Cano, then turned the gun on himself."
"SANTA PAULA, CA — Santa Paula police detectives are investigating a suspected murder/suicide involving two brothers.
"Police said that at about 7:55 a.m. Wednesday, they responded to a residence in the 1100 Block of Fern Oaks Drive regarding a call of two dead people discovered by a relative.
"Upon arrival, the officers entered and discovered the dead men in a back bedroom. After checking the residence for other people or victims, the officers secured the site and called detectives, authorities said. Detectives arrived and conducted an assessment of the scene, discovering that the two dead men had gunshot wounds to their upper bodies.
"Upon further investigation, it appeared a murder-suicide had taken place, authorities said.
"Detectives secured the residence and obtained a search warrant. Two district attorney's investigators were sent to assist, and a search of the residence was conducted.
"Evidence was seized, including a gun that was believed to have been used, authorities said. The Ventura County sheriff's criminal investigation unit assisted with processing the crime scene and the collection of evidence, authorities said.
"No motive has been determined, authorities said.
"Authorities identified one brother as Tom Halpin, 66, the other as Harry Halpin, 61. Both were Santa Paula residents."
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
"CAMDEN, SC — Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide, after finding two people dead inside a home at 947 Wateree Boulevard.
"Sheriff Matthews says a deputy found a man and woman dead inside, during a welfare check. At this point, Matthews says it appears the man shot the woman, then himself.
"Investigators are currently on the scene. Authorities have not released any identities."
"FOREST, MS — The Smith County Sheriff's Department was at the scene Wednesday of what investigators believe to be a murder-suicide.
"John Kalahar, of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said three family members were found shot to death at a home on Highway 35 South. Kalahar said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Sheriff's Department in the case.
"Those killed have been identified as Oree Thorton, his wife, Ethel Thorton, and son Anthony Thorton, Kalahar said."
"ROGERSVILLE, AL — A man authorities say shot and killed his girlfriend and then shot himself Sunday night has been pronounced dead at Huntsville Hospital, officials said this morning.
"Lauderdale County Coroner Andy High said hospital officials confirmed that Christopher Ryan Fincher, 33, Rogersville, died this morning. He had been in critical condition at the facility’s neurological intensive care unit since Sunday night.
"Fincher is accused of shooting Trinity Dawn Glass Sledge, 29, 11562 Lauderdale 92, Rogersville, during a domestic incident that happened around 8 p.m. Sunday.
"Sledge and Fincher were flown to Huntsville Hospital. Sledge died at the hospital around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, according to High.
"Law enforcement officials said Sledge and Fincher were both shot once in the head with a .380-caliber pistol.
"Investigators said Sledge and her 10-year-old daughter had returned from church and were preparing to eat dinner when Fincher showed up.
"They said Sledge told her daughter to go to the neighbor’s house. Before she left, however, Fincher shot her and then himself.
"The girl was at the neighbor’s house when deputies arrived."
"SUFFOLK, VA — Police are investigating a late-night domestic homicide and apparent suicide.
"It happened Tuesday evening on 115 Grove Avenue in Oak Ridge.
"Around 11 p.m., dispatch received several calls, including one from Deborah Marlo Wigg, who said her estranged husband Robert was repeatedly ringing the doorbell. She also said that she had a protective order against him.
"According to City spokesperson Diana Klink, Mr. Wigg forced his way into the home and then the phone disconnected.
"Klink said neighbors also alerted police and the victim's parents about the situation.
"Police arrived and found Wigg, 39, dead from a gunshot. Her two children, ages 4 and 10, were also inside the home but unhurt.
"Authorities say Mr. Wigg ,43, drove to his in-law's house less than a half-mile away and apparently shot himself.
"The two children are staying with relatives."
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
"QUEENS, NY — An apparent dispute over unpaid rent ended in horror Tuesday when a Queens landlord killed his female tenant with a machete and then used the blade to end his life, police said.
"Cops were called to the home on 143rd St. in Ozone Park about 11:30 a.m. by a neighbor who had heard screams.
"Police found a gruesome scene, with the 48-year-old tenant sprawled out in the back yard, bleeding from severe wounds to her head.
"The 62-year-old landlord was found inside a first-floor bedroom, bleeding from a deep slice wound to his throat, police said.
"The machete was found near his body. Police also told neighbors that the man had sliced his wrists.
"Both the landlord and the tenant were taken by ambulance to Jamaica Hospital, where they died. Police did not immediately name either person."
"CARMEL, ME — State police determined that an elderly man shot his wife and then himself in a murder suicide, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland.
"Patricia Johnson, 69, and her husband, Laurel Johnson, 74, were found dead in their Hampden Road home on Tuesday morning.
"`We received the call about 8:30 this morning from the medical care provider who arrived at the house for a prescheduled appointment,` said Lt. Christopher Coleman, commanding officer for Criminal Investigation Division No. 2. `She couldn’t get in. She called family members to come and they went in and discovered the bodies.`
"The bodies were found in a bedroom when relatives entered the home, said McCausland.
"Coleman said state police and CID responders arrived at the residence a little after 9 a.m.
"The hospice worker visited the home daily to provide care to Patricia Johnson, according to McCausland.
"The bodies were examined by the State Medical Examiner’s Office and it was determined that both died from a gunshot wound.
"Detectives said Laurel Johnson shot his wife and then turned the .22-caliber rife on himself, McCausland said in a press release.
"McCausland said the couple last was seen alive about 7 p.m. Monday."
Source: Bangor Daily News...
"TARRANT, AL — There's new information about a murder-suicide case in Tarrant. Sunday's violence all stemmed from a love triangle.
"Friends and family of the suspect and victim told investigators that 20-year-old William Keith of Pinson was quite vocal about how he was going to kill 25-year-old Preston Floyd. So much so that he walked from Pinson to Tarrant, a 10-mile walk, to carry out the murder.
"The men were fighting over one pregnant girl. Which one's the father? And who she's dating? Was it Floyd or Keith? Investigators say she was seeing them both. Now both men are dead.
"`It's difficult. It's hard,` said Floyd's sister, Jessy Freeze.
"Freeze still can't believe her brother is gone. Sunday night, Tarrant police say Keith entered the home with one thing on his mind, to kill Floyd.
"As for the girlfriend, `She was behind the door,` said Tarrant Police Chief Dennis Reno. `Mr. Floyd had told her to get behind the door and hide because they knew Mr. Keith was coming into the house with a gun.`
"Police say Keith shot Floyd several times then fled in a car. But he didn't get far.
"As police approached the car, they heard a single gunshot. Officers fired back. It's now believed the single shot was Keith taking his life. `It's very frustrating to think they would ruin their entire lives,` said Chief Reno.
"Floyd's friend, Dwight Thornton said, `Preston [Floyd] was there because he loved somebody and wanted to take care of her and her child.`
"Freeze said, `He would do anything to protect her and that baby. Just knowing the thought it was his, it was his baby in his mind.`
"Keith was recently released from jail on domestic violence charges. Those charges stem from an incident involving the woman at the center of this love triangle."
"CLAYMONT, DE — A man accidentally shot his friend to death then turned the gun on himself late Monday in Claymont, New Castle County police said.
"The incident took place about 11 p.m. in the first block of Third Ave. in the Overlook Colony neighborhood.
"Responding officers found two unresponsive men lying on the kitchen floor, each suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
"Quiandre Borican, a 20-year-old Wilmington man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Dishawn Burbage, 24 of Claymont, was pronounced dead after being transported to Christiana Hospital.
"Police said both men were friends, and Borican appears to have been accidentally killed by Burbage. After the accident, Burbage killed himself.
"Both of the victims’ bodies have been turned over to the medical examiner’s office where the exact cause of death will be determined."
"DICKSON, TN — A man shot and killed his mother, then turned the gun on himself Monday afternoon at a local nursing home.
"Dickson Police Detective Chad Fussell explained Gary Hotvedt, 60, of Charlotte, visited his mother Eileen Hotvedt, 86, at Dickson Healthcare on 901 N. Charlotte St. in Dickson.
"Gary took his mother for a walk around 3:50 p.m. in the nursing home’s courtyard, behind the facility’s main entrance just off North Charlotte Street and adjacent to the facility’s chapel.
"The male then shot his mother in the back with a Colt .38-caliber pistol and turned the gun on himself. Fussell said the subjects were dead on scene.
"The mother and son hailed from the Charlotte area, and Fussell explained the shooter appeared to have planned out his actions.
"`There’s a note that this was planned out, that this was something that he was going to do,` said Fussell. `Tell everybody he was sorry but this is the way it had to go. So that’s about all we have right now.`
"Fussell declined to release the subjects’ names at press time. He was not aware of any reported unusual behavior from the shooter prior to the murder-suicide.
"A spokesperson with Dickson Healthcare said they’re deepest sympathies go out to everyone involved in the tragedy. They’ve turned the investigation over to the proper authorities, and are fully cooperating with the investigation."
From The Tennessean...
Monday, November 7, 2011
"CUTHBERT, GA — On Monday, November 7, 2011 at approximately 10:45 a.m., at the request of Chief Bobby Wiggins, of the Cuthbert Police Department, agents from the GBI Sylvester Office were dispatched to 277 Court Street, in Cuthbert, Georgia, to work a shooting investigation. Sabrina Bellamy, black female, was found deceased at the residence with gunshot injuries. Dextrell Williams, black male, approximately 29 years of age, was seen leaving the Court Street residence near the time of the shooting.
"Local law enforcement received information which led them to Greenwood Cemetery on Hamilton Street, in Cuthbert. There, they located Williams. Williams was noted to have a self inflicted gunshot wound and was transported to a hospital in the regional area where he later died."
"SAN BENITO, TX — Authorities are investigating the deaths of a woman and her husband following reports of a murder-suicide south of San Benito.
"It all happened just outside city limits at 22156 Del Valle Avenue around 6 a.m. Monday.
"Cameron County Sheriff's Department deputies were on the scene.
"Investigators believe a man killed his wife and turned the gun on himself.
"License plate records show that a car towed from the scene was registered to a man named Roberto Calderon."
"WINSTON-SALEM, NC — A gas station employee was critically injured after he was shot multiple times on Sunday.
"Police allege that Richard Vance Dixon shot 44-year-old Alex P. Little at about 2 a.m. before turning another firearm on himself at Exprezit Gas Station at 120 Linville Road.
"Officers went to the station to investigate a reported shooting and found Dixon, 25, of the 2000 block of Lomond St., dead in the parking lot from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Winston-Salem Police Department.
"Police learned that Little fired Dixon from the business on Nov. 1. Dixon returned early Sunday with a handgun and opened fire, striking Little multiple times. Dixon then exited the business and obtained a shotgun from his vehicle, which he fired multiple times into the business. Dixon then shot himself, according to police.
"Little was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Police have notified next of kin for both men."
From the News & Record...
Sunday, November 6, 2011
"BROOKSVILLE, FL — A 54-year-old man shot and killed his 80-year-old mother and her two dogs Saturday before killing himself, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
"An employee at a Winn-Dixie supermarket in Brooksville called the Sheriff's Office about 6:35 p.m. Saturday because Elizabeth `Bettie` Jacobson hadn't shown up for work.
"Deputies responded to Jacobson's home at 26305 Alamo Road and found Jacobson dead, along with her son, Phillip Hayden.
"The Sheriff's Office said the evidence suggests Hayden shot his mother with a handgun, then shot her two dogs, then turned the gun on himself.
"The door was locked when the deputies arrived, and there were no signs another person was involved with the deaths, the Sheriff's Office said.
"The case was still under investigation."
Saturday, November 5, 2011
"PORTLAND, OR — A man and a woman found dead Friday afternoon inside a downtown Portland motel were a murder-suicide, according to a Portland police investigation.
"Police found the body of Adam Ury, 32, in the bathroom and that of Diane Gabrielle Bailey, 47, on the bed. Each died of a single gunshot wound, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
"Motel staff at the Econolodge, 1889 S.W. Fourth Ave., initially reported the bodies at about 2:30 p.m. Friday after entering Room 110, police said. No one else was in the room.
"Homicide detectives and a forensics team began an investigation at the scene while police blocked off Southwest Hall Street.
"The Medical Examiner’s Office completed autopsies Saturday.
"Investigators said that the two suffered from mental health issues and had planned to commit suicide together. Ury shot the woman on the bed and then shot himself in the bathroom."
"MIDVALE, UT — Detectives on Saturday confirmed that they are investigating the shooting deaths of a Midvale couple as a case of murder-suicide.
"Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal identified the deceased as Katherine Elizabeth Head, 46, and Robert Milton Head, 56.
"A maintenance man at the Remington Apartments, 7400 S. State Street, called 911 at 8:05 p.m. Friday after spotting the couple’s bodies through a window of their unit. He reportedly had been asked by Mrs. Head’s mother to check on their welfare; she was concerned over not having heard from the couple recently.
"Arriving officers found a notice posted on the ground-level apartment’s door ordering the Heads to vacate the unit within three days. The apartment’s front door was locked and the officers forced entry.
"`Both Katherine and Richard were found inside the apartment in the bedroom area. They both appeared to have suffered from apparent gunshot wounds,` Hoyal said.
"UPD officers then secured the scene, notified homicide detectives and waited for issuance of a search warrant before conducting a more thorough search of the apartment beginning just before midnight.
"Police on Saturday were not releasing further details about what they found, including what specific injuries the deceased sustained beyond characterizing them as fatal gunshot wounds.
"`It appears as though this was a murder-suicide (but) the investigation is ongoing,` Hoyal said."
From The Salt Lake Tribune...
Thursday, November 3, 2011
"PARKVILLE, MD — Baltimore County Police are investigating a murder-suicide involving a woman and her grandson.
"The body of 66-year-old Evelyn Hofferberth was found inside her home on Sarah Lane in Parkville.
"When police arrived at the home in the 2700-block of Sarah Lane, Hofferberth’s car was missing.
"They later found it on Loch Raven Drive. Her grandson, 21-year-old Brett Hofferberth, was found inside, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."
"PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix police are calling the death of a woman part of a murder-suicide after her body and that of a man was found in a mobile home Wednesday night.
"Sgt. Steve Martos said the 56-year-old woman was found by her boyfriend's brother, who was asked by the homeowner to check on the occupants of the trailer.
"The trailer at 2600 E. Morrow Drive, just north of Union Hills Drive and east of Cave Creek Road, is owned by the boyfriend, and his son also lived there, Martos said.
"Martos said the homeowner has been in a hospital for more than a month.
"Police discovered the man's body after obtaining a search warrant. He was identified only as a 53-year-old man.
"Martos said the finding led them to believe it was a murder-suicide."
"CHILHOWIE, VA — Deputies in Smyth County are investigating what the Sheriff says is likely a murder-suicide.
"According to a press release, the Smyth County Sheriff's Office and the Chilhowie Police Department found a man and a woman dead from gunshot wounds at 117 Four Apple Avenue in Chilhowie Wednesday afternoon. Deputies didn't release a possible motive. The Sheriff's Office won't give out any names until relatives are notified of the situation.
"Deputies are now awaiting autopsy results from Roanoke."
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
"THURSTON COUNTY, WA — Homicide detectives were called to a home near Lacey where police believe a woman shot her husband Wednesday morning.
"Police said they received a call about the shooting in the 9100 block of Steilacoom Road Southeast at 5:20 a.m. from a private security company within a retirement community after an alarm was likely triggered by gunshots.
"Police officers said they entered the home to find an 83-year-old man dead, and his 51-year-old wife critically injured.
"Lt. Greg Elwin with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said both had been shot in the head.
"Detectives said they think the woman shot her husband, then herself. Detectives found a handgun in the home.
"`Our preliminary investigation at this point indicates that this is a murder, with an attempted suicide,` said Elwin.
"As investigators combed the scene for evidence, neighbors tried to think about what would have prompted the shooting.
"`That's just not like her. So, there's something that has happened somewhere along the line that we don't know anything about,` said Helen Surprenant, a caretaker at the community.
"`It's just a shock, because they were a nice, quiet, as far as we know, a nice couple,` said neighbor Roy Bernd.
"Police confirm they had never been called to the residence for any domestic disturbances, and there were no reports of trouble in the marriage from anyone who knows the couple.
"Investigators are exploring the possibility that one of them was in bad health.
"`That's one of the first thoughts that comes to your mind in this type of situation. During today, we'll get ahold of caregivers and doctors and that kind of thing`, said Elwin."
"GRAND RAPIDS, MI — An early morning domestic dispute turned tragic after police said a man shot and killed his girlfriend in the street and then took his own life in the basement of a nearby Southwest Side home.
"Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk said officers breached a home on the 600 block of Oakland Avenue SW about 8:40 a.m. after a standoff that lasted a couple hours.
"Officers were called to the neighborhood following a pair of 6 a.m. 911 calls and shut down neighborhood streets around Godfrey Avenue and Rumsey Street SW to investigate the death of a woman who was apparently shot in the street.
"Police were able to rescue a pair of children, about 3 years old and 4 months old, from the home, said Belk. The toddler provided information on the whereabouts of the male suspect, whom police found in the basement, dead from an apparent self-inflicted
"Neither the suspect, the victim nor the children are being identified, said Belk, but the children are fine and arrangements for their care are being made.
"Belk said family members were assisting the major case and Special Tactical Unit members on scene.
"Officers never made contact with the suspect using bullhorns or over the phone, said Belk, who did not know the man’s full background but said he was known to police. One weapon was recovered on the scene.
"Belk said police did not know what exactly sparked the incident. He said there was an argument during the first call to 911 and a return call saying the girlfriend had been shot.
"Grand Rapids Public Schools are closing the nearby Southwest Community Campus School for the day due to this incident."
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
"OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The deaths of two people found in their Oklahoma City home appear to be a case of murder-suicide, according to police.
"Investigators say 52-year-old Phonephet Chansombath shot his wife Thongdy Chansombath, 48, and then turned the gun on himself.
"Police say they were called to 1841 NW 11th St. regarding two deceased persons inside the home. When officers arrived they discovered two victims, dead of gunshot wounds.
"Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
"The pastor of a local church, the Rev. Bouavongkham Phanthala, said family members called him to check on the couple who had been members of his congregation for years.
Phanthala said police didn’t give him much information, but investigators say those same family members came to the house earlier and found the couple dead.
"`I feel bad. Everybody feels bad,` said Bouavongkham Phanthala.
"A neighbor, Terry Rosado, said she would often see Chansombath outside working in his yard.
"`He was out there working in the flowers and I said, 'Hello,' and he seemed okay. He seemed like he was happy and everything,` said Rosado.
"Rosado said he was always friendly."
"SHELBY COUNTY, AL — The three people found dead last Friday on Roubdioux Road died in a murder-suicide, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release today.
"Deputies identified the bodies as 53-year-old Anita M. Castillo, 78-year-old Phyllis J. Castillo and 58-year-old Melvin R. Jones.
"`Autopsies have been completed and they revealed that all three died as a result of gunshot wounds and that Melvin Jones’ wounds were apparently self-inflicted,` the release read. `A gun was recovered at the crime scene. While sheriff’s investigators continue to examine all of the evidence in this case, it appears that this was a murder-suicide.`
"Phyllis Castillo was the mother of Anita Castillo and Melvin Jones, the release stated.
"Deputies discovered the bodies in a residence on Roubdioux Road, which is between Helena and Bessemer off South Shades Crest Road, after the Shelby County 911 office received a call reporting a possible death at the residence at about 2:43 p.m. on Oct. 28.
"`This is a tragic loss and very difficult set of circumstances to deal with for the family and everyone who knew them,` Sheriff Chris Curry wrote in the release."
From the Shelby County Reporter...