Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sheriff Won't Speculate On Murder/Suicide


"FLORENCE, KY — The death of an elderly couple in Florence is now being investigated as a double homicide.

"Boone County Sheriff's deputies were called to the home after a family member went to check on the couple because they didn't show up for church and found them dead.

"William, whom friends called Bill, and Peggy Stephenson, both 74-years-old were last heard from on Friday.

"Sheriff's investigators are not speculating how the couple died but are investigating the scene completely to ensure nothing is overlooked.

"No other information concerning the case is being released at this point.

"Bill was a deacon at Union Baptist Church and his wife an organist for the congregation. Bill was known in the community for his work with the Trucker's Chapel ministry at a truck stop on Route 18 just off Highway 75."


From WAVE3.com...

UPDATE:

06/01/2011 — Deputies in "dogged pursuit" of killer...
06/03/2011 — Couple buried, police still not talking...
06/22/2011 — No autopsy reports yet, but...
06/24/2011 — "Person of interest" steps out. Still no autopsy reports...
08/01/2011 — Another person of interest talks to Sheriff...
09/12/2011 — No additional details, cops looking for tipster...
01/24/2012 — Sheriff to hold news conference on "mysterious" deaths...
01/25/2012 — Family offers $5,000 reward for info...
02/28/2012 — DNA evidence returns from lab...
04/11/2012 — Bizarre twist as nephew of victims questioned in death of Indiana woman...
05/29/2012 — Stephensons' deaths unsolved...
08/29/2012 — Another press conference coming soon...

Two Found Dead At Home "Engulfed In Flames"


"PLEASANT TWP, IN — Porter County Sheriff’s Police are investigating the apparent firebombing death of a Kouts woman early Tuesday at the hands of her estranged husband.

"Police responded to 1269 S 200 E, in Pleasant Township in rural Kouts, at approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday for a domestic disturbance that claimed two lives.

"Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said the deceased were Frederick Miller, 59, and his wife, Cheryl Miller, 52.

"Police said the estranged husband came to the residence and threw a flammable device through a window. The man’s estranged wife and the couple’s 19-year-old son were home at the time. The son was able to escape and call police after hearing several gunshots from near the residence, police said.

"Upon police arrival, the residence was fully engulfed in flames and the estranged wife was found dead in the driveway. The estranged husband was also found dead on the property from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a press release.

"Harris said that an autopsy on both will likely take place Wednesday but that it appears both died from gun shot wounds in a murder-suicide."


From the Post-Tribune...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Ohio Pair Found Dead In Home


"SPRINGDALE, OH — Police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide involving a 56-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman.

"Springdale police discovered the two bodies in a residence on Friday in the 400 block of Maple Circle, police said. Police had been requested to check on the well-being of the two people living there. Their names have not yet been released.

"The two bodies were taken to the Hamilton County morgue. The families of the two people have been contacted, police said.

"Springdale police said their preliminary investigation has caused them to believe the deaths resulted from a murder and suicide. The investigation is continuing."


From cincinnati.com...

Police Surround House While Couple Dies


"MOUNT MORRIS, NY — Two people are dead in what police say they believe is a murder-suicide in Mount Morris.

"New York State Police Capt. Mike Ceretto said the agency is investigating an incident at 11 Glenn Morris Ave. that appears to be a murder suicide.

"Ceretto said the call came in this morning. He did not identify the victims, but friends and neighbors, including Dean Stanley of Mount Morris, said the deceased are a married couple—Jim and Mary Layland—who lived in the house.

"Police surrounded the house for much of the day. At one point, a man who was being interviewed by police collapsed in the street, distraught."


From the Democrat and Chronicle...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dead Couple Left Notes


"GULFPORT, MS — Police discovered an apparent murder-suicide at an apartment on Pass Road this morning.

"Police said a woman went to check on her parents at the Gulf Mist apartment complex near Hardy Court and discovered their bodies just after 11 a.m. Police were withholding the identity of the couple until relatives were notified about the deaths.

"Capt. Ken Brown said notes were found to relatives, the words of which lead investigators to the conclusion of murder-suicide. The couple had been experiencing many health problems, he said."


From SunHerald.com...

Man Beats, Stabs Wife Before Shooting Himself


"TULLAHOMA, TN — Around 2:50 Saturday afternoon, an Office Max employee called 911 to report a man beating up a woman in the store's parking lot on North Jackson Street in Tullahoma.

"Officials say the victim, Melody Martin, 46, worked next door to the Office Max at a nursing home. Her estranged husband, Benny Martin, 43, was waiting on her outside the nursing home. When she got off from work, investigators say he rammed her car with his.

"The two ended up in the Office Max parking lot. The employees and customers tried to intervene, but he pulled out a gun, according to witnesses, so they backed away, but watched as he was beating her severely.

"Witnesses say he then pulled out a knife and started stabbing her. Witness told police Benny Martin fled the scene. About an hour later, he was found in his car on West Lincoln Street with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where he was pronounced dead.

"Police said the couple had a history of domestic violence, and Melody had recently filed an order of protection, which had yet to be served."


From NewsChannel5.com...

Two Dead In Love Triangle Murder/Suicide


"GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL — Two men died Saturday when a love triangle ended in murder-suicide in a Green Cove Springs home, authorities said.

"Robert Lee Church, 48, was apparently shot about 5 p.m. by the man who had married his ex-wife, said Sgt. Marty Cotchaleovitch of the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Deputies who were called to the scene found the shooter, Gary Ward, 49, had turned the gun on himself and was dead as well.

"Ward had married Nettie Sue Church in 2003 in Middleburg, court records show. She had been married earlier to Church, but they divorced in 1999, records show.

"Cotchaleovitch said Church's former wife had apparently decided Friday to leave Ward. She and Church were in a rental home Church owned on 1624 Warfield Avenue when Ward arrived and fired two shots, he said."


From Jacksonville.com...

UPDATE:

05/30/2011 — More on Gary, Bob & Netty Sue...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Two Dead After Ex-Boyfriend Shows Up With Gun


"WAXAHACHIE, TX — A woman and a man she once dated were found shot to death Friday in a home in Waxahachie in what was evidently a murder-suicide.

"The woman’s current boyfriend struggled with the gunman after taking her toddler son to safety in a back room.

"The 2-year-old boy wasn’t injured.

"The current boyfriend witnessed the woman’s shooting.

"He ran to a neighbor’s home for help after struggling with the gunman, who then killed himself, Waxahachie Police Chief Chuck Edge said.

"The current boyfriend was treated for injuries suffered in the scuffle.

"Police haven’t released the names of any of those involved in the incident.

"The toddler will be placed with his grandmother.

"Neither of the men was his father, Edge said.

"Shots were fired through the walls of the wood-fame house in the direction of arriving officers, but Edge says investigators don't know if officers were being targeted."


From KWTX...

Unknown Number Of Victims In Possible Murder/Suicide


"LOOMIS, CA — At least two people were found dead in a Loomis home earlier today in what could possibly be a murder-suicide scenario, said Det. Sgt. Alfredo Guitron of the Placer County Sheriff's Department.

"Emergency personnel were called to the house in the 6100 block of Rachel Lane just before 10 a.m. after a visiting friend found an unconscious woman, Guitron said.

"When Loomis firefighters arrived a minute later, there were additional victims discovered, Guitron said, although he would not say how many.

"All the victims - who are adults in their 40s - were associated with the home.

"`This is not random,` Guitron said. `But we don't know the relationship of everyone inside.`

"Detectives are treating the investigation as a homicide. They are interviewing neighbors who say there were rumors of shots being fired Friday at about 7 p.m. although no one reported it to authorities, Guitron said."


Source: Sacramento Bee...

UPDATE:

05/28/2011 — Doubts raised as no weapon found...

One Dead, Two Injured After Domestic Situation Explodes


"BIRMINGHAM, AL — Friday afternoon, a 25-year-old man shot his girlfriend and his girlfriend's mother before taking his own life, according to Birmingham police.

"Sgt. Johnny Williams gave this account:

"West Precinct officers were called to a house on 16th Street Southwest near the intersection of Cleburn Avenue about 4:30 p.m.

"`We did determine it was a domestic situation,` Williams said. `It had been going on for a couple of days and it escalated.`

"The boyfriend, who did not live at the house, was arguing with this 19-year-old girlfriend when her mother tried to intercede. The girlfriend's mother suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her hand. The man then shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.

"Part of the incident happened inside the house and part outside.

"The girlfriend is in serious condition, Williams said. The identities of those involved have not been released."


From al.com...

Two Dead On Kansas Reservation


"MAYETTA, KS — Two men have been killed in a shooting incident on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation near Mayetta.

"The Potawatomi Tribal Police Department on Friday identified the men as 70-year-old Joseph Mattwaoshshe, and 64-year-old Donald Allen. Both were members of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

"Tribal authorities [said] that Mattwaoshshe was the victim of a gunshot wound, and that Allen died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Tribal police and Jackson County Sheriff's deputies responded at Thursday night to reports of shots fired at a tribal housing complex on the tribal reservation west of Mayetta. The incident remains under investigation by tribal police working with other area law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs."


From KAKE.com...

Medical Call Becomes Murder/Suicide Investigation


"ENUMCLAW, WA — Police are investigating the deaths of two people inside a home Friday night as a possible murder-suicide.

"Enumclaw police and fire responded to a medical call to 1739 Washington Avenue at about 7:30 p.m.

"Emergency responders found a man and woman apparently shot to death inside the home. A gun was also found at the scene.

"The identities of the two people were not released."


From King5.com...

Police Tip Reveals Murder/Suicide


"LEAGUE CITY, TX — A husband and wife were found dead Friday after a relative tipped authorities to a suspicious circumstance, authorities said. Police called the incident a murder-suicide.

"League City police responded at 7:07 p.m. to the 6700 block of Hidden Colony Lane after a woman reported her sister might have been harmed by her husband, authorities said in a statement released late Friday night.

"Police surrounded the home and set up a perimeter to attempt to make contact with anyone inside.

"No contact, however, could be made and officers then entered the home to check on the welfare of those inside, police said in a statement.

"Upon entering the home, officers found a man and a woman in the master bathroom. Both were dead from apparent gunshot wounds, police said.

"After a preliminary investigation, police believe the incident was a murder-suicide.

"No one else was injured, police said."


From The Daily News...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Four Dead After "Isolated Domestic Incident"


"AFFTON, MO — A St. Louis County family was found dead in their Affton home Friday morning.

"Police said relatives called them to check on the well-being of the family at their residence on 5352 Vine Avenue. Police discovered the bodies around 9:20 a.m.

"Investigators believe this is an isolated domestic incident. They located the murder weapon at the scene.

"The victims are identified as 50-year-old Dennis Worden, his 44-year-old wife, Dianna Worden, and her two children, 26-year-old Brandon Greene and 18-year-old Emily Dreiman."


From KDSK.com...

Brother/Sister Murder/Suicide


"WESTMINSTER, CA — Police say an Orange County man killed his sister and then turned the gun on himself.

"A caller who reported hearing five to six gunshots sent Westminster police to a home on Navajo Road at about 11 p.m. Thursday.

"A police statement says a woman met officers in the front yard and told them that her son had killed her daughter.

"The sister was found dead in the hallway and the man's body was found in the backyard.

"Their names were not immediately released and there's no word on the motive for the killings."


From MercuryNews.com...

Doctor, Patient Dead In Parking Garage Shooting


"ORLANDO, FL — Police are still investigating a murder-suicide in a parking garage at Florida Hospital in Orlando that left a doctor and gunman dead on Thursday afternoon.

"The doctor was identified as 41-year-old Dmitriy Nikitin, who Florida Hospital described as a multi-organ transplant surgeon.

"Police have not yet been able to find a next of kin for the gunman, who lived alone, according to police spokeswoman Lt. Barbara Jones. When his next of kin have been notified, police will reveal his identity.

"Local news agencies are reporting that the gunman was a patient at the hospital, but that has not been confirmed by law-enforcement officials.

"No information was released about how the gunman might have known Nikitin.

"Officers closed off the hospital garage after being called about 5:10 p.m. to the facility at 601 E. Rollins St. Jones said that the shooting happened near the elevators on the first floor of the garage, which is used by employees and patients' families.

"Police did not release any information about the type of weapon used in the shooting, or whether it was recovered.

"The Orlando Fire Department said it took the shooting victims to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Police did not release details of exactly when the men died."


From SunSentinel.com...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Nobody Dies In Grandma's Botched Murder/Suicide


"CHRISTIANSBURG, VA — A Christiansburg woman and her granddaughter are both currently hospitalized in North Carolina after police say the woman allegedly abducted the five-year-old from school, transported her to Winston-Salem, and harmed her in a failed murder-suicide attempt.

"Angela Terri Lynch, 43, allegedly checked the girl out from Falling Branch Elementary School in Christiansburg mid-Wednesday morning and disappeared.

"Lynch was on the school’s approved pickup list for the girl, though police say the child’s mother did not know she planned to pick up the child during the school day.

"Both were reported missing to the Christiansburg Police Department around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday.

"Investigators say that housekeeping staff at a Hampton Inn and Suites in Winston-Salem found Lynch and the child when entering a room for routine cleaning this morning.

"Both Lynch and the child were semi-conscious and in need of immediate medical treatment.

"Police believe the child’s injuries were inflicted by Lynch in an attempt to take her life. Lynch was suffering from similar self-inflicted injuries, as well as the effects of an undetermined amount of medication.

"Lynch and the child were transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Both are listed in stable condition at this time.

"No information is being released regarding a possible motive."


From WDBJ7.com...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

SWAT Team Finds Bodies After Blasting Into Apartment


"HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA — Two people were found dead in a Huntington Beach home Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide after an eight-hour standoff with police, authorities said.

"Neighbors of the couple in the 8600 block of Garfield Avenue heard arguing and gunshots Wednesday morning. Huntington Beach Police Lt. Russell Reinhart said it was unclear whether the bodies were those of the homeowners, whom he described as a couple in their 50s with no previous brushes with the law.

"A SWAT team used explosive charges to enter the residence. The first charge was set off about 2:30 p.m. to open an iron security gate, which had prevented police from entering the property. More security gates were found inside the house. Additional charges were used before police entered the home shortly before 4, Reinhart said.

"The person who called police about 8:30 a.m. described hearing arguments followed by gunshots, then someone shouting, `Oh, my God,` before another gunshot, Reinhart said. The same account was given to police by residents who spoke to officers on the scene.

"Four nearby streets were blocked off and six homes were evacuated, Reinhart said.

"The investigation is ongoing."


From The L.A. Times...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Victim Drives Herself To Hospital


"COLUMBIA, SC — A 21-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man were shot at a residence licensed as an in-home childcare center called Shirley Tucker Daycare, 1612 Summit Ridge Drive, the Richland County Sheriff's Office said.

"Richland County Coroner Gary Watts ruled the 18-year-old's death a suicide. The deceased is Henry Ellison, 18, who lived at the home, Watts said. Ellison first shot his girlfriend, whose name has not been released. She drove herself to the hospital and does not appear to have life-threatening injuries, Watts said.

"While children were present in the childcare center, no children were harmed in the incident. The children were inside the home, and the shootings took place outside.

"It was unclear if either of the victims worked or had children at the daycare, but personnel with the sheriff's department's Victims' Services Unit were on the scene caring for them until parents could be notified to come pick them up."


From TheState.com...

Three Dead In Pool, One In Bathtub


"SAN DIEGO, CA — Police say they've found evidence of a murder-suicide at a San Diego home where a family of four was found dead in a swimming pool and a bathtub.

"San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert says investigators came to that determination after combing the home on Parkcreek Court. They haven't identified a suspect and are still working to determine a motive for the crime. Investigators also don't know exactly how the victims died.

"The bodies were discovered early Tuesday by a relative visiting the home.

"Police identified the victims as 44-year-old Alfredo Pimienta; 38-year-old Georgina Pimienta; 17-year-old Priscilla Pimienta; and 9-year-old Emily Pimienta.

"The discovery has stunned neighbors and friends, who described the four as a hard-working couple, a teenage daughter who was excited about prom and a younger girl who made friends easily."


From chron.com...

UPDATE:

05/26/2011 — Parents planned murder/suicide...
08/04/2011 — Autopsies released. All were drowned...
08/05/2011 — Deaths described in gruesome detail...

Shooter Calls Cops To Report "Two Mercy Killings"


"SKOWHEGAN, ME — Police say they're treating the deaths of an elderly couple found in their central Maine home as an apparent murder-suicide.

"Maine State Police said the bodies of 86-year-old Barbour Flewellen and his 75-year-old wife, Marie Flewellen, were found Tuesday morning in the bedroom of their Skowhegan home on 27 Alder Street.

"Detectives said Barbour Flewellen appears to have shot his wife before fatally shooting himself.

"Skowhegan police said Flewellen called them shortly before 11 a.m. to report `two mercy killings.` When police arrived minutes later, the couple was dead.

"Police said a .22-caliber handgun was found near the bodies, but no suicide note was located."


From boston.com...

UPDATE:

05/20/2012 — Portrait of a mystery...

Two Dead In Nursing Home Shooting


"WEST BEND, WI — An 81-year-old man shot and killed his 82-year-old wife with a handgun, then shot and killed himself, in a murder-suicide that occurred about 12:10 p.m. Tuesday at the Samaritan Health Center, Police Chief Kenneth Meuler said.

"The victim was a patient at the nursing home operated by Washington County and her husband was visiting her inside the woman's room. Both the man and woman were West Bend residents.

"A care worker discovered the bodies of the victim and suspect shortly after noon, Meuler said. The center is located at 531 E. Washington St.

"No one else was injured or threatened during the incident, police said.

"Meuler said the names of the man and his wife were not being released until family could be notified."


From JSOnline.com...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Paramedics Pronounce Elderly Couple Dead


"BIG BEAR LAKE, CA — An elderly man called Sheriff's dispatchers early this morning to report he had just killed his wife and when deputies arrived at the scene, they found the man had turned the gun on himself.

"The man made the call about 3:15 a.m.from the couple's home in the 200 block of Knoll Road, which sits very close to Big Bear Lake.

"`The 78-year-old suspect called, saying he just killed his 80-year-old wife,` said Jodi Miller, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. `When deputies arrived at the scene, they found him sitting next to her suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.`

"Paramedics pronounced the man and his wife dead at the scene, she said.

"The identities of both the man and his wife have not yet been released.

"`We are waiting for the next of kin to be notified,` Miller said.

"Sheriff's detectives are conducting a homicide investigation."


From The Sun...

"They're Already In Heaven"


"CASTLE ROCK, CO — A Castle Rock mother who called 911 Monday morning to report that she had attempted suicide told a dispatcher her two children were "already in heaven," according to police.

"Now that mother, identified as 41-year-old Kelli Murphy, is facing two counts of first-degree murder, child abuse and other charges, said Castle Rock Police Chief Tony Lane.

"The 41-year-old mother called 911 at 7:48 a.m. Monday to report she had attempted suicide by slashing her wrists, Lane said. When a dispatcher asked about her children, and if they were home, the mother said: `They're already in heaven,` according to Lane.

"Officers responding to the home at 236 Cherry Street then found the bodies of her two children, a 9-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.

"There were no visible injuries on the children—Liam and Madigan—and their cause of death is being investigated, he said. It's not clear how long they have been dead.

"Murphy was treated for lacerations to her wrist at Sky Ridge Medical Center and released. She was taken into police custody around 2:30 p.m.

"Murphy and her 41-year-old husband, Robert Eric Murphy, filed for divorce Feb. 9 and were separated, Lane said.

"`The father is not a suspect in the case,` Lane said."


From TheDenverChannel.com...

UPDATE:

05/24/2011 — Mom had filed for bankruptcy...

Two Dead In Shoot-And-Run Murder/Suicide


"HOUSTON, TX — A man shot and killed his estranged wife and later turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide this morning in east Houston, police said.

"The two argued at Woodforest Chase Apartments in the 12700 block of Woodforest just before 8:30 a.m., and the woman retreated to her car and locked the doors, investigators said.

"`He fired several shots into the car, striking her, and then he leaves the scene,`said Houston police Lt. Ron Walker.

"Police said the suspect drove about a mile away and apparently committed suicide in the 13100 block of Woodforest. His body was found in a black pickup truck.

"The severely wounded victim died upon arrival at LBJ Hospital. Police withheld her identity until her family could be notified."


From chron.com...

Pair Found "Suffering Gunshot Wounds"


"LAKE CHARLES, LA — Authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating an apparent murder/suicide Monday morning.

"Deputies were called to the scene on Southernwoods Drive off of LA 397 just after 7 a.m. Monday.

"Sheriff Tony Mancuso confirmed that two people - a male and a female - were found suffering gunshot wounds. An official with the CPSO also said an 11-year-old child found both his mother and her live-in boyfriend."


From KPLCTV.com...

Intended Victim Hides In Closet During Murder/Suicide


"WILKES-BARRE, PA — Authorities say a man angered by a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend burst into her northeastern Pennsylvania apartment and killed her next-door neighbor while his intended target hid in a closet with the couple's daughter and another child.

"Officials said 39-year-old James Cooper of Scranton killed 25-year-old Shana Bagley on her 25th birthday before turning the gun on himself Friday afternoon at the Hanover Village apartment complex in Hanover Township, just outside Wilkes-Barre. Authorities say her husband and a neighbor were also shot and were hospitalized in fair condition.

"Luzerne County District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll says Cooper intended to kill Shaundra Langille. The shooting came a day after a judge awarded her temporary custody of their daughter and barred the couple from personal contact with each other."


From WHTM...

Gruesome Scene In Nice Neighborhood


"SHALER, PA — Police and emergency responders we're called to Beulah Street in Shaler Township just before 10 p.m. Sunday evening after reports of shots being fired.

"According to Shaler police, upon arrival they found three people with single gunshot wounds to the head as well as the shooter with a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The chief said that it is possible the man may have still been breathing when police arrived on scene.

"First responders walked into a gruesome scene upon arrival.

"A girl thought to be 8-years-old was found in a hallway leading back into bedrooms. The mother and infant, who was thought to be a 2-year-old girl, were found in the bed with single gunshot wound to the head.

"According to police it seemed that the mother may have been trying to protect the baby. The Father, who investigators say was the shooter, was found along side the bed.
According to neighbors, the family had just moved into the home and nobody really knew them.

"According to Shaler Police this is a nice neighborhood and they have had very few calls in that area."


From WTAE.com...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Septuagenarians Found Dead In Home


"DIXON, IL — The Dixon Police Department is currently conducting a homicide investigation that occurred at 407 Sherman Avenue in Dixon earlier today, Sunday, May 22, 2011.

"At approximately 9:40 a.m., Dixon Police Officers and Dixon Fire Department personnel responded to the residence after receiving a report of an unresponsive male laying in the backyard of the residence. Police and fire personnel arrived and noted that the male was deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"A handgun was found in close proximity to the body.

"Officers then entered the residence and located a female in a bedroom that was also deceased from a gunshot wound. The residence was secured and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services was contacted to assist with the investigation.

"Preliminary results of the investigation indicate that the male appears to have shot the female and then turned the firearm on himself.

"At this time, the Department is not releasing the identities of the deceased individuals pending the notification of next of kin.

"The male subject is approximately 75 years of age and the female victim is approximately 73 years of age. The male and female were also married to each other.

"The Department was further assisted at the scene by the Lee County Coroner’s Office and an autopsy is currently being scheduled for the individuals."


From WIFR.com...

Man And Woman Found Dead In Apartment


"TITUSVILLE, FL — Titusville police are investigating after they say a man and woman were found dead in an apartment on Sunday.

"Officials say the two were found dead in a home at the Riverbreeze Apartment community on Court Street late Sunday morning.

"A spokesman for Titusville police said officers are investigating the deaths as a possible murder suicide, as they are not searching for a suspect.

"Police have not released the identities of the two, or the manner of death."


From WFTV.com...

"He Was A Big Raiders Fan"


"NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA — A 10-year-old boys' birthday party ended tragically Saturday after an argument between his mother and uncle.

"It happened at a home on San Ardo Way in North Highlands. Police say around 6pm Saturday the brother and sister got into an altercation in the garage of the residence.

"The brother allegedly shot his sister before he turned the gun on himself. A number of family members and children were at the party when the shooting happened. However, police say all of them made it out safely. Neighbors gathered outside for hours in disbelief as authorities from the Sacramento Sheriff's Department processed the crime scene. A young boy may have witnessed the murder-suicide.

"It's not clear why the two victims were arguing but sources say the sister had been packing earlier in the day to move out.

"`They moved in about nine months ago. He was a big Raiders fan`, said Jay Reece, a next-door neighbor. Police have not released the identity of either victim. The brother is said to have been at least 40-years-old. The sister was in her 30's.

"Neighbors say the birthday party was for the sister's 10-year old son. It's not clear if he has any siblings."


From KTXL...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Shooter Hospitalized After Botched Multiple Murder/Suicide


"WHITAKERS, NC — A woman died in an apparent murder-attempted suicide in the town of Whitakers Saturday morning, Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins said.

"Police said James Radford shot and killed his wife, Teresa Radford, at 116 Southwest Railroad Street, Jenkins said. Radford then turned the gun on himself but survived. He was taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where he was listed in critical condition Saturday evening.

"Another woman, Martha Worrell, was shot in the altercation and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said Radford also tried to shoot Shelton Whittaker, but missed.

"All four people were at Worrell's home when the shooting happened.

"Police said they planned to charge Radford with murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill."


From WRAL...

SWAT Finds Would-Be Killer Dead


"MESA, AZ — Mesa police say a woman is dead after firing a gun at a neighbor, then barricading herself in her apartment Saturday.

"Around 10 a.m., Mesa police received a call from a man who said a woman from his complex near Stapley Drive and Southern Avenue, had pointed a handgun at him when he answered the front door.

"The woman had fired a round at the man but missed, said Mesa police detective Mike Melendez. The man was able to close and lock the door, while the woman was seen retreating to her apartment, he said.

"As police arrived, they heard a gunshot coming from the woman's apartment. Nearby apartments were evacuated as more police and SWAT team officers arrived.

"Around 12:30 p.m., police broke into the apartment, where they found a 52-year-old woman dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"According to neighbors, the woman often acted irrationally, appearing agitated and shouting at people in the complex for no reason, Melendez said.

"The woman's identity has not yet been released.

"Police are investigating."


From azcentral.com...

Traffic Stop Suicide Reveals Dead Passenger


"COLUMBUS, OH — Early Saturday morning, Franklin County Sheriffs were on scene of what may be a murder/suicide in Lincoln Village Plaza.

"Allegedly, a pickup truck ran a red light and the driver was pulled over.

"Before the deputy could approach the vehicle, the driver shot himself.

"A woman was found already shot to death in the passenger seat.

"The incident remains under investigation."


From WSYX...

UPDATE:

05/22/2011 — "There was all kinds of drama over there."

Death By Toxic Cocktail


"YELM, WA — The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether an 81-year-old Yelm man committed a murder-suicide by giving his wife a toxic chemical cocktail in their home before drinking it himself.

"Anthony Fetter and his 81-year-old wife, Keiko, were found dead May 9 at their home on 14945 129th Lane Southeast in Yelm.

"According to a search warrant affidavit to search Fetter’s computer:

"Both are thought to have swallowed a deadly `tricolored orange liquid substance` found in a pitcher and in two glasses on the kitchen counter in the home. When sheriff’s detectives found the bodies, they smelled strong chemicals coming from the liquid and became nauseated when they breathed the fumes.

"Keiko Fetter `had very accelerated dementia and was not able to speak in full sentences,` according to an affidavit written by Thurston County Sheriff’s Detective Cameron Simper’s affidavit. `She had difficulty walking and caring for herself. Keiko had been hospitalized recently due to complications. She was released to her husband, with the assumption that he would care for her at the residence with the assistance of an in-home caregiver.`

"Anthony Fetter canceled his wife’s Keiko’s in-home care April 15. He also canceled her upcoming neurology appointment."


From the News Tribune...

Suspect In Shooting Found Dead


"ROCK FALLS, IL — Two Rock Falls schools were put on lockdown following a shooting near the schools Friday morning.

"The Rock Falls Police Department says a woman was shot around 8:30 a.m. in the area of 8th Avenue and 19th Street, which is near Dillon Elementary and Rock Falls Middle School.

"Police say the schools were put on lockdown as a precautionary measure and no students, or staff were in danger. The lockdown was lifted by 11:00 a.m.

"Police say the woman who was shot is in her 40's and was taken to a hospital. A suspect was seen running from the area and was followed into an apartment in the 500 block of West 18th Street where police surrounded the complex. After a brief standoff, officers went into the apartment and found another woman dead, along with the suspect in the original shooting also dead.

"The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Names of the two victims and the shooter have not been released."


From WREX.com...

Friday, May 20, 2011

SWAT Team Finds Bodies In Apartment


"RED BANK, TN — Police in Red Bank continue to investigate a double fatal shooting.

"According to Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol, police were called to an apartment at 3501 Dayton Boulevard for a welfare check on a man threatening suicide.

"When officers knocked on the door, Chief Christol says the officers heard a gunshot.

"The Red Bank SWAT team was called out and entered the home to find two people dead of gunshot wounds.

"Chief Christol identifies the two dead as Gary Hines, 39, of Tunnel Hill, and Rosemary Dehlin, 76, of Red Bank.

"Police are treating the investigation as a murder-suicide."


From WRCBTV.com...

Childhood Friends Found Dead


"NEW CASTLE, DE — New Castle County Police are investigating what they believe is a murder-suicide that took place early Friday morning.

"Police were called to 109 Memorial Drive in Overview Gardens shortly after 2am to investigate an assault.

"When they arrived, they found 25-year old Brandy McDaniel on the living room floor, unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to her upper body. She was later pronounced dead.

"A short time later, police were called to Garfield Park where they found 27-year old Kenneth Hawkins, who had suffered a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Police learned the two were childhood friends and are investigating that the shootings may have been a murder-suicide."


From WDEL.com...

Man And Child Found Dead In Cinema Parking Lot


"MERIDIAN, ID — Police say two people are dead - a man and a little girl. Witnesses found the pair shot dead in the parking lot of the Majestic Theatre on Overland Road just after 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

"Officers say the murder/suicide happened sometime between 4:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. but are not sure exactly when it happened. Witnesses saw the bodies in a late-model red Chevrolet Cavalier and called police at 6:30 p.m.

"Officers say the car the bodies were found in was not in the parking lot before 4:45 p.m. At this time they say there are no known witnesses to the crime.

"Meridian Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea says when officers arrived on scene they found the bodies of a man in his thirties and a girl between the ages of 3 and 5. Police have not released the names of the man and girl, but did say he was from Boise.

"A large number of police units arrived on scene to investigate as well as crews from the Meridian Fire Department providing assistance. Crews cordoned off the parking lot while they investigated. Representatives from the Ada County Coroner’s Office also responded and helped remove the bodies from the scene at about 9 p.m.

"The theater and other businesses remained open."


From KTVB.com...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wife Survives Botched Double Murder/Suicide


"ST LOUIS, MO — Police say the man who shot and killed his step daughter, wounded his wife, and then shot himself, has died.

"41 year old Lawrence Verble of 3730 Roswell Ave. died at a hospital this afternoon. He had what police called a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"Just before 9 o’clock this morning Verble allegedly shot his wife and step daughter, both in the chest.

"16 year old Jessica Beckwith died of her wound. Verble’s wife survived and is listed in critical but stable condition.

"Police were called to the home this morning when Verble’s wife ran to a neighbor’s home telling them she and her daughter had been shot.

"Police say the motive is unclear."


From KMOX...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Violation Of Court Order Ends In Murder/Suicide


"WEST FORK, AR — A man appeared at a home on Campbell Community Building Road north of West Fork this afternoon and shot his wife to death, then committed suicide.

"Washington County deputies responded to the home around midafternoon. Dispatch records indicate a caller to the sheriff's office had reported violation of a court order of protection. Sheriff Tim Helder later said the wife had such an order against her husband.

"Helder said the woman had filed for divorce.

"Names of the husband and wife have not been released.

"The shootings occurred in a rural area of Washington County, but the gravel road is populated by several homes."


From NWAonline...

"State Of Despair" Preceded Murder/Suicide


"DENVER, CO — Police are investigating a potential murder-suicide in west Denver Tuesday evening.

"The call came over the police scanner as multiple gunshot wounds, one self-inflicted at a home on 3847 Bryant Street.

"But police won't confirm how the man and woman died.

"`We are investigating this as a possible murder suicide,` says Denver Police Lt. Matt Murray.

"The homeowner lives there, and had rented a room to a man neighbors identify as Steve Romero.

"Neighbors say Romero had a girlfriend, and point out her car parked outside the home.

"`They had a relationship, the two people. I don’t think both people lived there at the time,` says Murray.

"According to Murray, the bodies were found relatively close together, but he wouldn't disclose which room they were found in.

"`A family member came home and found them in the home and called us,` says Murray.

"A neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, says Romero was going through a `state of despair,` and that he was having `personal trouble with the economy` to the point that it `impacted his ability to keep up with things.`"


From KDVR.com...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Restaurant Bystander Shoots Back During Murder/Suicide


"PIERRE PART, LA — A 51-year-old opened fire in a La. 70 restaurant this morning, killing his ex-girlfriend and wounding another customer.

"Paul French, 114 Derrick St., Lot B, Pierre Part, shot 42-year-old Michelle Borer, 134 Mary Ann St., Lot A, Pierre Part, multiple times at Landry's Seafood Restaurant, 3614 La. 70, Assumption sheriff's deputies said. French allegedly shot Borer, a waitress at the restaurant, multiple times, with a handgun before shooting himself in the head, police said.

"When French began firing his handgun, a man eating at the restaurant began shooting to defend other patrons, deputies said. French and the man continued to exchange gunfire outside of the restaurant, and the man was shot in the abdomen, police said.

"Borer was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

"Borer had filed a protective order against French that was in effect until next year, and French was arrested earlier this month for violating that order, police said.

"French was also convicted of possession of cocaine in 2006 and was on probation at the time of his death, court records show."


From houmatoday.com...

6 Hour Standoff Ends In Murder/Suicide


"FOUNTAIN, CO — A man in his early 20s and a toddler were found dead Monday evening in a Fountain home after six-hour standoff, which ensued when a woman was shot outside the house.

"The shooting happened shortly after police were called around 2:24 p.m. to the residence to tend to a disturbance, said Fountain police Chief Todd Evans.

"Moments later, a woman was shot as she fled from the house, witnesses said.

"Evans said Shannon Paolini was in the intensive care unit after undergoing surgery.

"Meanwhile, the man ran back in the house and there were more shots.

"A SWAT team entered the home about 8:25 p.m. and found the man and the child dead."


Source: denverpost.com...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Victim's Mother Makes Disturbing Discovery


"CAPE CORAL, FL — Cape Coral Police say they now know how a couple discovered dead in their home Sunday afternoon died. Their deaths were a result of a murder-suicide.

"`Our detectives believe this is a murder-suicide,` said Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.

"Marcus Jackson, 31 and 28-yr old Tara Brissette were found dead inside the master bedroom of 1413 Sw 16th Terrace Sunday afternoon.

"Police say Tara's mother made the disturbing discovery.

"`A family member went to the home to retrieve some items and stumbled upon this discovery and called us,` said Sizemore.

"Cape Coral Police say Jackson shot himself with a shotgun. Tara's cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner. Police say she was not shot."


From nbc-2.com...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

10 Year Old Shot By Mom Dies


"DUNEDIN, FL — The 10-year-old girl shot by her mother Thursday in their apartment died Saturday morning, deputies said.

"Kassidie Rae McMillin was pronounced dead after being removed from life support.

"She was shot by her mother, Tina Marie Foster, who then turned the gun on herself, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

"Foster, 39, died Thursday.

"Her husband, William, discovered the mother and daughter Thursday night at the apartment at 1763 Main St.

"William Foster is Kassidie's stepfather.

"Kassidie underwent surgery at Bayfront Medical Center before being transferred to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, where she died.

"Kassidie was a fourth-grader at San Jose Elementary School. On Friday, distraught staff members there sought counseling, and parents were at a loss to explain the tragedy, as were the family's neighbors...

"Foster's finances were in dire straits, records show."


From TBO.com...

Police: Nothing Rules Out Murder/Sucide


"VERONA, MS — Autopsy results are pending on two people found dead Friday in a West Street home, but Verona Police Chief Leo Mask said nothing found in the investigation so far rules out a murder-suicide.

"The two victims have been identified by Lee County Coroner Carolyn Gillentine-Green as 34-year-old Crystal Sheffield Orick of Lee County and Carlos Fowler Jr., 70, of the West Street residence.

"The two were pronounced dead of gunshot wounds at the scene late Friday afternoon, and both bodies have been sent to Jackson for autopsy, Mask said.

"Mask said the investigation is ongoing."


From NEMS360.com...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Woman Hospitalized After Botched Murder/Suicide


"BUFFALO, NY — Buffalo Police spent much of midday Saturday at the scene of an apparent murder-suicide.

"Officers were called to an address in the 200-block of Parkridge Avenue, near East Amherst Street just before eleven o'clock Saturday morning. A male and female victim had each been shot.

"The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The female victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center with what police describe as `serious upper body injuries.`

"Police have identified the victims only as a couple, in their 20s.

"Homicide detectives are in charge of the investigation."


From WBEN.com...

Manhunt For Shooter Ends In Suicide


"WENDOVER, NV — A manhunt for Able Perez began in Nevada and Utah Wednesday night shortly after he was was identified as the suspect in a shooting outside of a nightclub.

"Thursday morning that search came to an end.

"Dispatchers in West Wendover received a call from Perez Thursday around 5:30 a.m. He told them to send police officers to his location because he was going to shoot himself. When officers arrived to the 600 block of Oak Street, where Perez showed up at this brother's house, police say he immediately shot himself without talking to them.

"Investigators say he used the same shotgun he used on his wife last night. Perez followed his wife to the West Wendover night club Area 51 around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and shot her in the head before she got out of her vehicle, said West Wendover Police Sgt. David Wiskerchen.

"Perez had called his wife earlier in the evening and threatened to kill her if she went to the club, police say.

"Perez's wife was conscious and talking to police when they arrived on scene Wednesday night. However, she quickly became unconscious. She was flown to a Salt Lake hospital in extremely critical condition last night and was immediately rushed into surgery. She has since been upgraded to critical condition."


From Deseret News...

Pair Hospitalized After Botched Murder/Suicide


"TIFT, GA — Two people are hospitalized with gunshot wounds tonight after a domestic violence shooting an apparent attempted murder/suicide.

"36-year old Darby Hall was shot repeatedly inside her home on Jack Bankston Road in Tift County Friday morning. Amazingly, she survived but is in the hospital. Her former boyfriend, Kyle Larson, shot himself once. He too, remains hospitalized.

"Just a few weeks ago, the two involved in the shooting were enjoying time at the beach, now those same two people are in hospitals, where they are both seriously wounded.

"It was a shocking scene for neighbors to wake up to,`Oh I was real surprised,` said Jimmy Grubbs, who lives nearby.

"What's normally a quiet neighborhood, a section of Jack Bankston Road, was covered with police cars and crime scene tape.

"The Yellow crime scene tape stretched around the home of 36-year old Darby Hall as investigators spent hours collecting evidence in what appears to be an attempted murder suicide..

"Darby Hall's friends say she'd recently broken up with Kyle Larson and he was living and working in Panama City."


From WALB.com...

Five Dead After Quadruple Murder/Suicide & Fire


"AMMON, ID — At about 2:45 a.m. this morning, police and fire officials received a call about a house fire. But when they arrived on scene, they found themselves faced with a murder/suicide case.

"Melina Kern, 19, Michelle Kern, 22, and Michelle's two children Jack,3, and Gage, 1, were pronounced dead on the scene.

"The murderer is said to be Michelle's former boyfriend Gaylin Leirmoe, 26, who turned the gun on himself after setting the basement on fire.

"Gretyl Ann Gardner/Neighbor, `I woke up in the night and I heard some kind of unnatural, loud, crashing... exploding. I'm not sure. Loud sounds. I couldn't see anything that looked unusual except for there was a car parked out front. My husband said, 'That car doesn't belong there.'`

"That car belonged to Gaylin Leirmoe who murdered the victims before turning the gun on himself.

"Sergeant Jeff Edwards/Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, `The fire was set by we believe the person that shot himself in the home to get rid of evidence.`"


From KPVI.com...

Two Women Die In Auto Shop Murder/Suicide


"COLUMBUS, OH — Police believe that a disgruntled customer shot and killed an employee at a west side auto shop on Friday morning before walking across the street and taking her own life.

"Police were called to the Ohio Engine and Transmission Exchange, located at 3265 McKinley Ave., shortly after 9 a.m., 10TV News reported.

"Initial 911 calls indicated that a secretary inside the business was shot, police said.

"Investigators later confirmed that a female employee was killed. Her identity was not immediately released.

"Police said the woman suspected in the shooting walked across the street afterward and shot and killed herself, Hirsch reported.

"Her identity was not immediately released.

"Police said that the woman was upset over work that was performed on her vehicle..."


From 10tv.com...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Small Town Shook Up Over Murder/Suicide


"SHAMBAUGH, IA — A possible murder suicide is shaking up a small town in southwest Iowa.

"The Iowa Department of Public Safety is handling an investigation in Shambaugh near Clarinda.

"Law enforcement officers were called to a home on 506 2nd Street Wednesday evening after getting a call from a man saying he'd shot his wife and was thinking about shooting himself.

"Investigators surrounded the house and entered it after they were unable to contact the couple.

"The bodies of Frank McCoy and Karen McCoy were found dead in the home.

"Autopsies will be performed to determine how they died."


From KPTM.com...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Three Dead In Parking Garage Murder/Suicide


"SAN JOSE, CA — Three people were killed in a burst of gunfire at a San Jose State University parking garage in an apparent double murder-suicide, the first shooting deaths in campus history, authorities said today.

"The shootings happened on the fifth floor of the North Garage at the corner of South 10th and East San Fernando streets at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, campus spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris said.

"Two people were pronounced dead at the scene inside a car, and a third person, who authorities believe was the shooter, was found elsewhere in the garage and died at 10:30 p.m. at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. Their names have not been released."


From SFGate.com...

Shooter Hospitalized After Murder, Attempted Suicide


"BETHLEHEM, PA — A Bethlehem woman who worked to build a home for her three sons and supported anti-gang programs in their school was shot to death Tuesday night in her home during a domestic dispute with the man she lived with, sources said.

"Marjorie `Margie` Reyes, 38, of 1501 E. Seventh St. was pronounced dead Tuesday night in the home she helped build in 2004 through the Habitat for Humanity nonprofit housing program for low-income families. Sources said the shooter is Luis Montero, 41, also shot himself and is hospitalized in critical condition. Public records show Montero lived at the home.

"Police have not yet identified the shooter, but said the man who shot himself will be charged with homicide in Reyes' death."


From The Morning Call...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Killer Shoots Himself Several Times Before Getting It Right


"DES ALLEMANDS, LA — The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office is reporting that a 39-year-old Hahnville man shot and killed a former girlfriend in Des Allemands Monday night and then took his own life.

"Authorities say Curry Lewis of Hahnville shot and killed 25-year-old Santana Marshall of Des Allemands sometime around 9:30 p.m. Lewis then drove Marshall's vehicle a short distance away where he shot himself several times.

"Investigators say that Lewis, who had apparently dated Marshall in the past, arrived at Marshall's home on 100 Meyer Lane in Des Allemands as she pulled into her driveway Monday night. Lewis allegedly ordered Marshall out of her vehicle at gunpoint then shot her twice, once in the head and once in the chest. Lewis then fled in Marshall's vehicle.

"Lewis contacted a family member and stated that he had just killed Marshall and was going to kill himself, police say. A short time later, deputies located Lewis and the victim's vehicle on Levee Road in Des Allemands. Authorities say Lewis was found with what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds under his chin and possibly as many as three shots to the body. He was pronounced dead at the scene."


From nola.com...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Death In The Front Yard


"DEBARY, FL — A man who shot and killed his wife, then himself in an apparent murder-suicide late Monday afternoon died later at a hospital, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

"Investigators have not yet released the names of the man and woman who were killed.

"Deputies said someone called 9-1-1 about 5:35 p.m. today to report that two people had been shot in the front yard of 39 Catalina Drive.

"When deputies and paramedics responded, they said they found a woman dead on the ground and a man nearby who was injured but still alive.

"The man was transported by a sheriff's helicopter to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. He died after arriving.

"Investigators said the man and woman who died in the shooting were a married couple."


From the Daytona Beach News-Journal...

Two Dead, One Injured In Attempted Double Murder/Suicide


"GREENVILLE, IL — Police say a domestic quarrel fueled a triple shooting in the city of Greenville, leaving two people dead and a third wounded.

"Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton said 64-year-old James Bauserman shot his son, Thomas Bauserman, and daughter-in-law, Samantha Bauserman, and then fatally shot himself at the home they shared on 401 South Sixth Street.

"Police got the call for a shooting at 6:44 p.m. Sunday.

"James Bauserman was pronounced dead at the scene. Samantha Bauserman, 29, died later at Greenville Regional Hospital. Thomas Bauserman, 34, was wounded in the leg and was reported in stable condition Monday in a Springfield, Ill., hospital.

"Lorton said James Bauserman's body was found on a rear deck. His son and daughter-in-law were shot inside the house."


From stltoday.com...

Slasher Survives Suicide Attempt


"PALMDALE, CA — Sheriff's detectives said today they have determined the stabbing death of a woman and the wounding of a man in Palmdale Thursday was a murder-attempted suicide.

"Homicide detectives have arrested Joel Juarez Meza, 28, for murder, Sgt. Diane Hecht of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau said. The case was to be presented to the District Attorney at the Antelope Valley Courthouse today.

"Deputies arrived at the home in the 1000 block of East Avenue Q 12 at 12:39 a.m. Thursday.

"Jackie Mendez, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene, Hecht said. Juarez Meza was taken to a hospital to be treated for stab wounds.

"Juarez Meza was booked at the Twin Towers Jail, with $100,000 bail."


From the Daily News...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Three Dead After Dispute Ends In Gunfire


"FAIRFIELD, CA — A long-simmering dispute among roommates in Fairfield erupted today in shootings that left three dead and one injured.

"Police learned of the violence inside a house at 5245 Venus Drive when the injured man called 911 at 12:08 p.m. to say that he'd been shot, said Fairfield Police Officer Cleo Mayoral. The police arrived to find a man and woman dead and another man with life-threatening wounds. The fourth resident of the home, who had made the call, had been shot in the foot.

"The seriously injured man - who police say shot the other three with a semi-automatic handgun and then fired upon himself - was pronounced dead upon arrival at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

"`Apparently there's been a lot of tension in the house. These people lived together and they didn't get along,` Mayoral said, adding that the suspected killer had been presented with a civil order filed by another resident the day before.

"Mayoral did not go into details about the court order or past incidents, but did say that `our indication is that there was no romantic relationship between the victims.`"


From SFGate...

Man Kills Wife, Twins Before Shooting Himself


"LOS ANGELES, CA — A father shot and killed his 5-year-old twins and their mother during an argument while driving the family on a Los Angeles street Saturday night, investigators said.

"Salvador Acevedo, 45, later killed himself with the same handgun after dropping off three older children at a relative's home, according to a Los Angeles Sheriff's spokesman.

"Acevedo `became involved in a domestic dispute` with his girlfriend, 33-year-old Iris Oseguera, while in the car, Sgt. Harry Drucker said. `Acevedo produced a handgun and shot Oseguera and their twin children, striking each victim in the upper torso.`

The three adolescent children who were riding in the car were not wounded, he said.

"`Acevedo dropped the adolescent children off at a relative's home and drove away,` he said. `The children told an adult about the incident and they alerted East Los Angeles Sheriff's Station.`

"When deputies locate Acevedo's car, they found him `suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and the three injured victims inside of the vehicle,` Drucker said.

"Both parents were dead at the scene, while the twin children were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead, he said."


From CNN...

Child Killer Pronounced Dead At Scene


"DURHAM, NC — Durham Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a 22-month-old girl.

"The shooting took place around 12:50 p.m. Saturday at the Hampton Forest Apartments at 901 Chalk Level Road, police say.

"When officers arrived at the apartment complex, they found 25-year-old Tyrone Xavier Hester lying behind a building. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Police said Hesters’ 22-month-old daughter, Aaisha Hester, was critically injured and was taken to Duke University Hospital. A short time after arriving at the hospital, she was pronounced dead.

"Investigators believe Hester shot the child once and then shot himself. Police said Hester was not living at the apartment complex, but was visiting relatives."


From nbc17.com...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mom, Daughter Found Dead


"DEVILLE, LA — A woman in Deville apparently shot her 6-year-old daughter to death and then killed herself, authorities reported.

"Killed were Stacey Cosenza, 40, and Joleigh Cozenza, 6, in the Thursday shooting incident at 675 Barron Chapel Road in the Deville area, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.

"Officials say it appears to be a murder-suicide, but the incident is still under investigation."


From towntalk.com...

Shooter In Serious Condition After Botched Murder/Suicide


"MIAMI, FL — Police say a man is still alive after he shot and killed his wife in a failed murder-suicide attempt in the couple's North Miami home Thursday night.

"Authorities say the couple's three children were in the home in the 1500 block of Northeast 132nd Road when the shots rang out around 9:30 p.m.

"When officers arrived the husband was still inside the home. He eventually came out and was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in serious condition, police said.

"None of the children -- ages 4, 11 and 13 -- were injured. Police said two were in the house and one was on the porch when the shooting began, and one of them may have witnessed the shooting.

"Police haven't identified the couple."


From NBC Miami...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Elderly Woman Dead After Attempted Murder/Suicide


"LONG BEACH, CA — Homicide detectives are investigating a possible murder and attempted suicide in East Long Beach, authorities confirmed Thursday night.
Patrol officers were sent to a home in the 3500 block of Los Coyotes Diagonal at about 10 a.m., said Nancy Pratt, an LBPD spokeswoman.

"Officers were told there was a dead woman inside the home and a man threatening to kill himself, she said.

"When police arrived they found a 63-year-old man suffering from stab wounds and an 88-year-old woman inside the home also with serious injuries and bleeding, Pratt said.

"Long Beach Fire Department paramedics were called to the home and pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

"The man was transported to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition late Thursday, Pratt said.

"`We believe he harmed the woman causing her death and then attempted to take his own life,` Pratt said.

"Police did not identify either person pending notification of their relatives, she said."


From the Press-Telegram...

Dead Couple Had Recently Broken Up


"LAWNDALE, CA — The deaths of a man and woman found shot in Lawndale is believed to be a murder-suicide, a detective said today.

"Carlton Fexcence Ceasar, 46, of Lawndale is suspected of shooting Lisa Carnett Brown, 42, also of Lawndale in the home in the 4000 block of Rosecrans Avenue, authorities said.

"Their bodies were found about 3:15 p.m.

"Each was shot, but detectives did not provide details of the crime scene or motive.

"Sheriff's homicide Sgt. Bill Cotter said today that it is believed the man shot the woman and then killed himself.

"`Right now we are still putting the case together,` Cotter said. `It appears to be a murder-suicide at this time.`

"News reports indicated the couple had recently broken up."


From dailybreeze.com...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SWAT Robot Finds Elderly Couple, Cat Dead


"LITTLE TORCH KEY, FL — An elderly man shot his wheelchair-bound wife and cat and then killed himself in their Florida Keys home Wednesday in what appears to be a murder-suicide, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

"Joan Tucker, 77, was killed of the first floor of her home on quiet Tortuga Road on Little Torch Key, a small island about 25 miles from Key West.

"Detectives believe she was shot by her husband, Glen Tucker, 81, who was found dead in an upstairs bedroom, along with the couple’s cat.

"A neighbor called police about 12 p.m., reporting he heard shots fired. Monroe County deputies responded, but did not immediately enter the brown house fearing an armed suspect could be inside.

"The Sheriff’s Office bomb squad sent a robot inside the house to determine the situation. Shortly after 1 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team entered and found the dead couple.

"Motives for the killings were not immediately known, according to the Sheriff’s Office."


Source: Miami Herald...

UPDATE

09/27/2012 — Six page backstory on this incident...