Monday, April 30, 2012

Man Faces Jail After Botched Murder/Suicide

"LONG BEACH, CA — A man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death before turning the knife on himself was still hospitalized Monday, police said.

"Long Beach Police Department officers were called to an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday and arrived to find 49-year-old Joan Ann Stubbs dead and her boyfriend covered in blood, police and coroner's officials said Monday.

"It was the victim's roommate who called police after coming home to a grisly scene, police said.

"Officers arrived to find the victim on the bedroom floor. She had suffered multiple stab wounds to the upper torso and was declared dead at the scene by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics.

"The suspect, who had locked himself in the bathroom when the victim's roommate came home, came out of the bathroom and was found with several self-inflicted stab wounds to his body. He was rushed by paramedics to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition over the weekend.

"The suspect, who lived at the location with his girlfriend, was placed under arrest at the hospital and will be booked into the Long Beach City Jail when pending his release from the hospital, police said.

"The motive for the slaying remained under investigation Monday."

From the Press-Telegram...

Bodies Found In Rural West Virginia

"CRUM, WV — West Virginia State Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in western Wayne County.

"The incident, a reported shooting, happened Sunday evening along Lost Creek Road in Crum, according to state police.

"West Virginia State Police have identified those killed as Nim Bowens Jr. and Tammy Bernice Bowen.

"Troopers have not released details as to who died of suicide."


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Brother & Sister Found Dead

"ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque police say a brother and sister have died in a suspected murder-suicide.

"Police identified the two as Kenneth Robson and his sister Shirley Robson. Police didn't provide exact ages for the two, and they differed from available public records, but they were in their 60s or early 70s.

"Sgt. Donovan Olvera said in a brief emailed statement that police were called to a mobile home in the northwest side of the city just before 6 p.m. Saturday. Relatives told officers they had not heard from either of them and were concerned.

"Olvera didn't provide additional information."


Botched Murder/Suicide Leaves Girl Dead, Man Wounded

"LONG BEACH, CA — Long Beach police are investigating a note that appeared to be written in blood on a wall next to where a young girl's bloody body was discovered Saturday morning in a Long Beach parking lot.

"She was found next to a man who might be her father or stepfather, who was still alive but suffering from self-inflicted wounds, police said.

"KTLA News showed video of the note, which consisted of several large letters written in red on the side of a wall next to where both were found. The exact message could not be made out, but KTLA said the police believe it was written in blood and consider it evidence in the case.

"The man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. The girl, 9, had fatal cuts to her upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"Long Beach police declined to name the man.

"Officers arrived at the parking lot off Willow Street and Woodruff Avenue, next to the 405 Freeway and a church, after getting a call around 11 a.m. from a passerby.

"Police would not say whether a weapon was found at scene. The man, who was also lying in the parking lot, is still at a hospital and in stable condition."

From the Los Angeles Times...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Estranged Couple Involved In Murder/Suicide

"JOHNSTOWN, PA — Johnstown police are investigating a reported murder-suicide on Saturday at Oakhurst Homes in the city’s West End.

"Demont Morris, 40, allegedly shot his estranged wife, Royale Lee Morris, 38, before turning the gun on himself inside an apartment in building 29, Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski said.

"The woman lived at the apartment with the couple’s two children. The children were home at the time and are now staying with relatives, Kwiatkowski said.

"The couple was pronounced dead at at 12:42 p.m., he said."

From The Tribune-Democrat...

Survivalist Couldn't Survive Murder/Suicide

"NORTH BEND, WA — Deputies have found a body believed to be that of accused double murderer Peter Keller in the deep woods bunker where he had apparently holed up after killing his wife and daughter.

"A pistol and a large quantity of blood were seen near the body, said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan. Investigators later determined that the man had died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

"The body was found at about 9:45 a.m. Saturday after a SWAT team was able to maneuver in with explosives and blow a portion of the roof off the heavily fortified bunker, said King County sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.

"Deputies then entered the bunker, where they discovered a body which they said appeared to be Keller. It appeared as though he had died some hours before, West said.

"Keller had not been seen since the fire at his North Bend-area home on Sunday led responders to discover the bodies of his wife and daughter.

"The King County medical examiner determined Kaylene Keller, 18, and her mother, Lynnettee Keller, 41, both died from gunshots to the head before the fire started. Their bodies were found in their bedrooms.

"Court documents described Keller as a loner who has a survivalist mentality and has been stockpiling supplies in the woods.

"If he had lived, Keller would have faced charges of first-degree murder and first-degree arson.

"The fire at Keller's home was stopped before the house burned down, and authorities said they found seven gasoline cans placed in different areas of the home."


"A Sad, Sad Situation"

"ARLINGTON, TX — An elderly couple is dead following an apparent murder-suicide in their home in Arlington Friday afternoon.

"Police said a suicidal man called 911 around 3:30 p.m. and said he had shot his wife.

"Officers surrounded the home on 2205 Woodland Oaks Drive near Lake Arlington and once inside they found both the bodies of both a man and a woman.

"Friends and neighbors identified the couple as Tom and Marilyn Weir. They said Marilyn was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease and Tom had recently finished the paperwork to commit her to a health care facility.

"`Really a sad, sad situation,` said Connie Horton, the couple's neighbor. `They were in their 80s. They'd been married more than 50 years.`"

From KDFW...

Friday, April 27, 2012

"Physical Encounter" Led To Murder/Suicide

"MOREAUVILLE, LA — A woman and man from Moreauville are dead after an altercation that led to the man killing the woman with a gun and then shooting himself in the head, authorities said.

"Niki D. Garlington, 27, and Brandon P. Bonnette, 34, both of 3604 La. Highway 451, were found dead in their home after a family member called the Avoyelles Parish 911 Center around 11:30 p.m. Thursday to report the incident, Avoyelles Parish sheriff’s officials said.

"Investigators believe that Garlington and Bonnette engaged in a physical encounter that led to Bonnette shooting Garlington in the torso with a .357 caliber revolver, officials said.

"After Garlington was shot, Bonnette turned the gun on himself, firing one shot to his head, authorities said.

"The couple had not been seen in days, which prompted family members to go to the residence, officials said."


Thursday, April 26, 2012

2 Dead As Domestic Violence Enters The Workplace

"ROCKY MOUNT, NC — A man and woman are dead this afternoon following an apparent murder-suicide at an area restaurant.

"It happened at 11:31 a.m. at the Westridge Grill on Sunset Avenue.

"Police say 41-year-old Cynthia Joyner, an employee of the eatery, died of gunshot wounds at the scene. They also found the body of 37-year-old Carlos Whitaker in a wooded area behind the restaurant.

"Rocky Mount Police say their deaths are being investigated as a domestic violence situation. Both bodies will be transported to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville so the medical examiner’s office can determine the cause of death."


911 Call Leads Deputies To Murder/Suicide Scene

"MILAM COUNTY, TX — A 28-year-old woman was shot and killed in Milam County on Wednesday, and the man authorities believe killed her then turned the gun on himself and attempted to commit suicide, according to the sheriff's department.

"Milam County Sheriff David Greene said deputies were called to a rural home in the 100 block of County Road 346 around 10:15 a.m. for a possible suicidal person and found Lindsay Ferrill of Katy and 25-year-old Justin Patronella of Houston had been shot.

"Ferrill, who had a single gunshot wound to the head, died at the scene, Greene said. Ferrill's 3-year-old daughter was inside the home but was not hurt. She is in the custody of her deceased mother's family.

"Who initially called 911 remained unclear to investigators, Chief Deputy Chris White said.

"Sheriff's investigators said they believe the couple had been dating. There were no restraining orders against either party, White said, and officers had never been called to the residence before yesterday.

"Patronella was taken by helicopter to St. Joseph hospital in Bryan. His gunshot wound was apparently self-inflicted, Greene said. He was in critical condition late Wednesday afternoon, according to hospital officials."


Woman Stabbed Repeatedly In Attempted Murder/Suicide

"MANCHESTER, KY — A woman is fighting for her life after she was stabbed repeatedly by her husband who is a popular Clark County, Kentucky magistrate and school employee.

"It happened at the couple's home on Oak Street in Manchester. Police say after stabbing his wife, Jimbo Lyttle turned a gun on himself in front of police.

"His wife, Sharon, was rushed to the UK Hospital with wounds to her face and chest.

"Family and friends say Jimbo once suffered a work-related head injury."


"Is This Really Happening?"

"LARGO, FL — Police say two people are dead from a shooting in the parking lot of a Largo Walgreens.

"The shooting happened around Noon Wednesday near the pharmacy drive-thru at the store located at 5800 Roosevelt Boulevard.

"Largo Police are calling the shooting a murder-suicide.

"Police [said] a husband and wife in their late 30's or early 40's were arguing as they drove down Roosevelt Blvd in a red pickup truck.

"Officers say they pulled into the Walgreens, where the man shot the woman and then killed himself.

"I heard one pop, then I turned around and he unloaded seven more shots into the woman," said Samantha Warren, who was driving through the pharmacy with a baby.

"Other shoppers were there moments later.

"`We saw the blood and the color of his face,` said Jessica Barrett, `it was like, 'Is this really happening?' It was surreal.`

"No names have been released at this point.

"Police also aren't saying what the specific motive may have been, other than calling it a domestic disturbance."



04/25/2012 — Shooter was local firefighter...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Argument Preceded Murder/Suicide

"PALM HARBOR, FL — The deaths of a husband and wife found in a Palm Harbor home are being investigated as a murder-suicide, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies said.

"The bodies of Donalyn Clark Walsh, 53, and Stephen Douglas Walsh, 58, were found at their home at 1909 Forest View Drive about 11:50 a.m. today, according to a report.

"Detectives said the bodies were found by the couple's adult children, who were concerned about the well being of their parents, having not heard from them since Sunday.

"Deputies responded to the home Sunday on a family trouble call after receiving a report of the Walshes arguing, the report said.

"While deputies were on scene, Donalyn Walsh left the residence. Detectives say she returned home later Sunday evening.

"According to investigators, shortly after that Stephen Walsh shot Donalyn Walsh, then turned the gun, a 40 caliber semi automatic, on himself.

"The investigation is continuing."

From Tampa Bay Online...

Shooter's Body Found In Car At Storage Unit

"ALEXANDRIA, MN — After two people were found dead last week in Douglas County, authorities ruled the incident a murder-suicide.

"Deputies said 38-year-old Sharon Love was attacked and killed by her ex-boyfriend David Everett, of rural Osakis, at her apartment on Eckert Street in Alexandria. Deputies said the two had been living together and their relationship was ending.

"Everett killed Love when he came to her home to pick up his belongings, according to authorities. Her body was found by her landlord around 3:30 p.m. April 19 and officials were called to the scene.

"After deputies arrived, the search for 51-year-old Everett began who was last seen leaving her house at 5:45 p.m. April 18 in the victim’s car, a Pontiac Grand Am.

"Love's car was found April 20 at the Westside Storage unit in Osakis with Everett's body inside. Police say the suspect committed suicide.

"The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are still investigating the murder-suicide. No other suspects are being pursued.

"Deputies have not yet released how Love or Everett were killed."


Monday, April 23, 2012

Estranged Couple Found Dead Behind Locked Doors

"HOUSTON, TX — A man and his wife were found dead in an apartment in northeast Harris County Sunday afternoon after what officials said was an apparent murder-suicide.

"The couple was discovered about 3:30 p.m. in a unit at The Club at Stablechase apartments at 13504 Schroeder near Texas 249, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

"Deputies say the woman’s father called authorities after he had not heard from his daughter since the previous Friday when the couple had dropped off their infant son at the home of the woman’s parents. When deputies went to the apartment for a welfare check, the door was bolted from the inside. Deputies gained entry and found the pair dead.

"Initial reports indicate no note was found in the apartment, but deputies said it appears the pair died in a murder-suicide. The couple was in the process of divorcing, deputies added.

"Deputies are awaiting autopsy results on the woman to determine her cause of death. No obvious signs of how she died were visible on her body, deputies said."

Source: Houston Chronicle...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cops Arrive Before Killer Can Finish Himself Off

"ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A 55-year-old St. Petersburg man was arrested Sunday on one count of first-degree murder after an unidentified woman was found dead in his home.

"Albert F. Crandall was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held without bond.

"According to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office report deputies were dispatched to 661 77th Ave. North, Apt. 303 just after 11:30 am in response to a suspicious incident call.

"When they arrived they found Crandall and a deceased female.

"Investigators say Crandall killed the woman and had intended to take his own life. He even left a note to indicate a murder-suicide. The suspect was transported to Bayfront Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

"Crandall was treated, released and transported to jail.

"The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin."

From FOX Tampa...

State Troopers Investigate Murder/Suicide

"WASILIA, AK — Two people were found dead early Saturday morning in what appears to be a murder-suicide, according to Alaska State Troopers.

"AST Spokesman Tim Despain says a man and a woman were found dead as a result of gunfire at a home in the Valley, near Hyer Road. He said it happened just before 2 a.m. When troopers arrived on scene, they found 25-year-old Chelsi Baun of Colorado and 26-year-old Tobias Siegel of Wasilla with apparent gunshot wounds. Troopers said the woman was pronounced dead on scene, and Siegel was transported to a local hospital.

"Troopers believe the man shot the woman before shooting himself but the state medical examiner's office will determine what happened, said Despain.

"Alcohol appears to have been a factor in the case. Troopers say the woman and Siegel were not married and that they are recent acquaintances. An investigation is ongoing."


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Elderly Couple Dead Of Gunshot Wounds

"WILKES-BARRE, PA — Luzerne County officials are investigating the deaths of an elderly couple in a murder-suicide.

"Maintenance workers from St. Luke's Villa, 80 East Northampton St., found the body of villa resident Mildred Welebob in a parking lot on the nursing home's grounds Friday night, and she was pronounced dead around 11 p.m., said acting Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman.

"Officials found later the body of her husband, Chester Welebob, in his car in Wilkes-Barre Township. He was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. Both died from a single gunshot wound.

"`The gentleman took his wife's life, went to a favorite spot, and took his life,` Lisman said. `It's a tough situation.` The coroner's office is not performing autopsies, and he considers his office's jurisdiction in the case finished.

"Assistant District Solicitor Jarrett Ferentino said the investigation is open, but his office has a good handle on what they believe happened.

"`It's a very, very unfortunate situation. It appears to be a murder/suicide of an otherwise loving couple,` he said."


Friday, April 20, 2012

Cousins Killed In Family Dispute

"WAYNE COUNTY, MS — Wayne County authorities said a family dispute ended in a murder-suicide. Authorities said Sonya Davis, 48, was found dead Wednesday afternoon in her trailer on Waynesboro-Shubuta Rd.

"Investigators said she was shot by her cousin, Angela James, 52. Authorities said James then went outside and shot herself. Deputies said the Davis and James lived together, James had moved into Davis' home on Saturday. Both bodies have been taken to Jackson for autopsy.

"The motive behind shooting is still under investigation."


Man Shoots Mother-In-Law, Self

"YAKIMA, WA — A man shot his mother-in-law to death then turned the gun on himself in west Yakima this afternoon, police said.

"The shooting took place at about 1:45 p.m. at a small home adjacent storage units in the 1400 block of South 40th Avenue. Other family members were present when the shooting occurred, according to acting Yakima police Chief Greg Copeland.

"The man shot his mother-in-law in the doorway of the home before shooting himself, Copeland said.

"The identities and ages of the two were not immediately available.

"More than a dozen police officers and medics responded to the shooting. Police said an investigation is continuing."


Bodies Found In Locked Home

"AUBURNDALE, FL — Polk County deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Auburndale.

"The two adults were discovered by deputies at 8:15 p.m. Thursday night at a home at 1456 Jeans Road, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

"Both were dead from gunshot wounds and had been deceased for at least a day, officials said.

"Deputies had to force their way into the locked house, which is located just west of Lake Van.

"Deputies are withholding their names until their next of kin can be notified."



04/21/2012 — "This is a nice, quiet little neighborhood"...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Two Dead After "Physical Altercation"

"LEWISBURG, OH — Authorities in Preble County have identified Andrew Powell, 26, of Lewisburg, Ohio, as the second subject involved in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday night.

"Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson said Powell was identified by witnesses as he fled a residence at 202 S. Commerce St. in Lewisburg.

"Paul B. Kaiser, 49, of Lewisburg, was found dead at that location from what authorities said were `violent injuries` received in a physical altercation.

"Kaiser died around 8:10 p.m. after two emergency calls were received by dispatchers.

"At about 11:30 p.m., dispatchers received a call from the 3000 block of Sonora Road, which is northwest of Lewisburg, reporting that Powell was found dead at his residence from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."



04/20/2012 — Deputies investigate "bizarre" murder-suicide (video)...

Police Suspect Double Murder/Suicide

"FAYETTEVILLE, NC — Cumberland County sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting deaths of three people outside Fayetteville.

"Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Tanna says officers were called to a home shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

"Tanna says officers found the bodies of two men and a woman. One of the victims was found on a street and the other two were inside the home.

"Tanna says the shootings appear to have been a murder-suicide. It was not immediately clear who fired the shots.

"The names of the victims have not been released while relatives are notified.

"No other details were immediately available."

From the Times-News...


04/20/2012 — Names & details released...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Two Hospitalized In Attempted Murder/Suicide

"SEDALIA, MO — An incident in Sedalia resulted in two people being airlifted to a Columbia hospital with gunshot wounds.

"Shortly after 9 p.m. last night, the Sedalia Police Department received calls about shots being fired in the 1600 block of South Carr Street in Sedalia.

"The suspect, whom Sedalia police identified as Harry J. Young, 39, allegedly drove past his estranged wife as she was sitting in her vehicle in front of 1611 S. Carr with a man and two small children. Sedalia police identified the woman as Kellie M. Young, 24

"Police said Harry Young turned his vehicle around and drove back to the woman's location. Young reportedly got out of his vehicle and fired into the victim's vehicle, striking her in the arm and torso, police said. Witnesses said the suspect also attempted to shoot the man sitting in the vehicle's passenger seat.

"The man in the vehicle was able to run away from the scene and was not injured, police said. Neither child in the vehicle was shot.

"Police said that when Harry Young attempted to leave the scene in his vehicle, he was stopped by a Sedalia police officer. As the officer was speaking to the man, the suspect shot himself in the head.

"Both victim and suspect were taken via helicopter to University Hospital.

"As of this morning, Harry Young was listed in critical condition, and Kellie Young was in serious condition."

From the Columbia Daily Tribune...

Couple Found Dead In Home

"LITITZ, PA — Lititz Police have identified a man and woman found dead in their home Tuesday, in an apparent murder-suicide.

"They are Susan and Keith Macferran of 5 W. Second Ave.

"Police said both died from gunshot wounds. It appears that Keith Macferran, 48, shot his wife, Susan, 62, while she was asleep Sunday, then turned the gun on himself.

"Both were found in the couple's bedroom.

"Newspaper records indicate the couple was married in 1991. Mrs. Macferran worked in food service for Hempfield School District, at Rohrerstown Elementary School.

"Susan Macferran's son discovered the couple Tuesday when he went to the home, police said.

"Lititz Police were assisted by the Lancaster County Crime Scene Forensic Unit, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office and the Lancaster County Coroner's office."

From the York Daily Record...

Two Men Dead In Fatal Love Triangle

"BROOKLYN, NY — Two men died in an apparent murder-suicide in Brooklyn when a love triangle turned fatal, police said.

"Jason Lopez, 22, found his boyfriend Tory Curtis in their East New York home with an unidentified third man, according to cops.

"The third man hid in the closet in horror as Lopez shot Curtis, 23, to death and then fatally shot himself at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

"The terrified survivor then fled the apartment, witnesses said.

"`He came out from the house screaming,` said a witness. `He said, 'My best friend got shot and the guy killed himself.'`

"He said, `My boyfriend!` Then he fainted."


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shooter Planned Deadly Confrontation

"MODESTO, CA — Authorities confirmed the identity of the man responsible for the shooting deaths of a deputy and locksmith in Modesto and other details, including reports that the man wore a bulletproof vest and a gas mask before shooting himself with a shotgun, police said.

"The Stanislaus County Coroner's Office said Jim Richard Ferrario, 45, was the body that burned inside the complex at the 2100 block of Chrysler Drive, after an hours-long standoff in north Modesto.

"Ferrario is suspected of shooting and killing deputy Deputy Robert `Bob` Paris and Locksmith Glendon Engert before barricading himself inside his residence.

"The official cause of death is a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Modesto Police Department said.

"Based upon gathered evidence located inside the home, police said that indicators suggest Ferrario was planning a deadly confrontation with law enforcement when they served him an eviction notice last Thursday.

"The sheriff's department was in the process of formally evicting Ferrario. They had posted a notice of eviction five days before the shooting on Ferrario's front door, police said.

"The hours-long standoff reached another peak when a fire ignited inside the home. The Modesto Fire Department is still investigating the fire, but have ruled out the possibility of the fire being caused by an electrical malfunction or natural gas.

"Ferrario was later found inside a bathroom with a stock of weapons and ammunition, including 22 firearms, 17 of which were rifles and shotguns as well other high-power guns. There were more than 500 rounds of ammunition and a police scanner."


Two Dead In Gated Community

"FRANKLIN, TN — Franklin Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide at Alara Cool Springs apartment complex on Gillespie Drive.

"Sgt. Charlie Warner, Franklin Police spokesman, said officers responded earlier today to a welfare check at the apartment in the gated community off Carothers Parkway.

"`Officers found two deceased people inside the apartment. There is no reason to believe there is an at-large suspect,` Warner said.

"He said officers would be on the scene for some time completing the investigation."

From The Tennessean...

Police Chase Ends In Shooter's Suicide

"SHREVEPORT, LA — A Shreveport man shot his ex-girlfriend late Monday, then led police on a chase through several parishes before killing himself.

"It began about 10 p.m. Monday in the 1300 block of Lawhon Street in the Caddo Heights neighborhood. That's where police found 33-year-old Lakeisha Robinson suffering from a single gunshot wound to the torso, according to reports.

"Police say she was accosted at her home by 46-year-old O.B. Mitchell Jr., who reportedly was trying to break into her residence. She fled; he chased her down and shot her before fleeing in a vehicle, police said.

"Robinson ran to a neighbor's house and called police. She was taken to LSU Hospital in Shreveport, where she remains this morning. Her two children were home at the time but were not injured, police said.

"Shreveport police notified other area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Mitchell. A short time later, authorities spotted his vehicle traveling south on Interstate 49.

"Following a pursuit, Mitchell shot himself and later was pronounced dead, according to police reports. Louisiana state troopers are investigating."


Standoff Ends In Killer's Suicide

"SUAWNEE, GA — A standoff in Suwanee between police and a man alleged to have shot two women, killing one, ended Monday afternoon when the suspect shot himself, authorities said.

"The condition of the suspect, 29-year-old Shuaib Omar, was unknown Monday evening but Suwanee police [said] he was in `bad shape` at an area hospital. Earlier, police incorrectly told reporters he was dead.

"One of the two women Omar shot in an apparent domestic dispute at an Auburn apartment died after being transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, Auburn Police Chief Paul Nadeau said. The other victim was in critical condition at the hospital, he said.

"The women's names were withheld pending notification of family members.

"Police said one of the victims was Omar's girlfriend.

"After the shooting, Omar fled from the apartment, at 186 Parks Mill Road, to his home on Scales Road in Suwanee, where he told SWAT units he was going to kill himself, police said."


Monday, April 16, 2012

Elderly Couple Found Dead Of Gunshot Wounds

"EUGENE, OR — According to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call at approximately 10:16 AM on April 15, 2012 from the 4000 block of Corona Street in the north River Road area, Santa Clara.

"A 55-year-old woman had become concerned about her elderly parents who had not been seen for a couple days. She went to their house and discovered her parents, Leonard, 84, and Lois Hart, 82, deceased inside. The first arriving deputies verified that both were deceased from apparent gunshot wounds and initiated an investigation.

"The Lane County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the Hart’s each died of gunshot wounds, classifying the death of Lois as Homicide and that of Leonard as Suicide. No motive is known in the deaths and the investigation indicates there were no other persons involved in the incident.

"`There was some written communication left behind,` said Detective Sergeant Cliff Harrold. `In order to protect the privacy of the family we would not necessarily plan on releasing that letter. The letter was written by Leonard to his three children. The letter does NOT indicate that Lois was involved in the decision for this to occur. The letter expresses some anger toward Lois.`"


Two Year Old Finds Bodies

"QUEENS, NY — A man is believed to have shot and killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself—leaving their two-year-old son to make the grisly discovery inside their bedroom, sources said.

"The apparent murder-suicide took place in the family's South Jamaica home on Dillon Street yesterday.

"Roxanne Lambert, 41, and her partner, whose name has not been released, were found dead with gunshot wounds to the head at 11:30 p.m., sources said.

"Lambert's 16-year-old son was also home when the tragedy unfolded.

"Relatives said the couple had a rocky relationship and were often heard arguing.

"Officials on the scene of an apparent murder-suicide in Queens early today.

"Lambert's 18-year-old daughter was in shock after hearing about the incident.

"`She came home to this and she was crying and saying she couldn’t believe it,` a family acquaintance said.

"Neighbor Renee Bryan, 37, said she saw Lambert just after 9 p.m.

"`We were just chatting, she seemed fine`, Bryan said. `It's shocking. I saw the boyfriend earlier in the day, he was waving. I'm at a loss for words.`

"Bryan said Lambert worked at the Brooklyn Development Center."

From the New York Post...

Trip To Divorce Lawyer's Office Ends In Murder/Suicide

"PETALUMA, CA — A Petaluma woman's visit to a divorce attorney Sunday afternoon ended in violence when, police said, her estranged husband shot and fatally wounded her on a downtown side street before killing himself.

"The 2 p.m. shooting happened in front of 10 Keller St., a small office building where the woman had been visiting the attorney, said Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons.

"Police did not release the names of the two people involved or confirm their marital status, but friends of the family identified them as Kevin Conover, 41, and Kim Conover, 43.

"Kevin Conover died at 5 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Police identified him as the shooter and said his wound appears to have been self-inflicted.

"Kim Conover was hospitalized in critical condition and died at 9 p.m. Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"She was a second-grade teacher at Meadow Elementary School and mother of four children, including a twin boy and girl younger than than 2 years old that she had with her husband, and two teenage girls.

"Kevin Conover graduated from Petaluma High School in 1988, a year after Kim Conover.
Friends of the couple who were at the shooting scene Sunday said the pair had been experiencing marital troubles. Some said they were in the process of getting a divorce.

"The two had apparently arrived separately to the office on Keller Street. Kevin Conover's car was parked in a lot nearby while Kim Conover's car was parked in front
of the office.

"When police arrived, they found the two lying in the street and dragged them to safety, believing that a third person may have been involved.

"Police at the scene later identified that third person as Jeff Zimmerman, the divorce attorney who met with Kim Conover, and who police said witnessed the shooting. Zimmerman was led away for questioning in handcuffs, a procedure police described as routine in such cases.

"No other person was believed to be involved, Lyons said."



04/21/2012 — Lawyer recounts incident...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Gawker Describes Scene Of Murder/Suicide

"SAN JOSE, CA — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide Saturday in a shopping center on the 1000 block of East Capitol Expressway, near McLaughlin Avenue authorities said.

"At 9:32 a.m., officers responded to 911 calls and found a man and a woman suffering from a single gunshot wound in a parking lot outside Starbucks in South San Jose, Officer Jose Garcia said.

"Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Garcia said.

"`I heard a pop,` said Corey Rentie, who was reading a Bible in a nearby McDonald's at the time of the shooting. `I jumped up out of my seat to see what happened.`

"Rentie said he saw two people—a woman dressed in pajamas and a man—lying face down on pavement about 20 yards apart. Both had been shot once in the head, said Rentie, 48, of San Jose. He checked both of them to see if they were breathing. They were not.

"`It must have been small-caliber bullet because there was no splatter,` he said.

"Police have cordoned off a large area of the shopping center parking lot, where homicide investigators are interviewing witnesses.

"Police said no other details are available at this time."


Friday, April 13, 2012

"Fight" Ends With Two Dead

"BOMONT, WV — Two people are dead after what appears to be a murder suicide in Clay County.

"It happened on Darnell Hollow Road in Bomont around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

"Troopers say that Frances Bishop, 49, was shot by her husband, Ervin Bishop, 57, during a fight. He then turned the gun on himself.

"We're told the couple was in the process of getting a divorce, and that Frances Bishop was trying to leave the home when she was shot in the back.

"The couple's 8-year-old grandchild was in the home at the time of the incident and called her dad. He called 911 when he got to the house."

From WCHS-TV...

Three Shot, Two Dead In Apparent Murder/Suicide

"DALTON, NH — The New Hampshire attorney general’s office says the two men found dead in a Dalton, N.H., home were shot and killed in an apparent murder suicide. A third man was injured.

"The attorney general’s office says it appears that 45-year-old Christopher Smith shot and killed 48-year-old Joseph Besk then shot and injured 54-year-old Wayne Ainsworth before taking his own life.

"Police say the investigation is continuing. Both Besk and Ainsworth were listed on the state’s sex offender registry after being convicted of aggravated felonious sexual assault. A story by The Berlin Daily Sun says the two were married in 2010, while Besk was finishing his prison sentence."

From CBS Boston...

Drug Bust Ends In Murder, Suicide

"GREENLAND, NH — A drug suspect unleashed a torrent of gunfire on police officers executing a search warrant at his home last night, killing this small town's police chief and wounding four other officers.

"Police Chief Michael Maloney, who was set to retire April 20, was shot in the head and killed. Also injured was Rochester police Detective Jeremiah Murphy, 34, from Haverhill, Mass. He was shot in the chest and underwent surgery, but is expected to survive, sources said.

"The gunman, found dead around 3 this morning in the home, was identified as 29-year-old Cullen Mutrie, sources confirmed. Police say Mutrie had barricaded himself in the home at 517 Post Road earlier with an unidentified woman before killing her and committing suicide. Officers from dozens of state and local law enforcement agencies had surrounded the home as a state police helicopter hovered overhead. Armored vehicles were brought in from as far away as Nashua.

"The incident started about 6 p.m. in this small town just outside Portsmouth. At midnight, Mutrie remained holed up in the home near Interstate 95. The officers at the scene were part of a regional drug task force and were executing a search warrant on the home, sources said. Mutrie opened fire as they tried to enter the home."

Source: Gloucester Times...

2 Dead, 1 Injured In "Unspecified Domestic Situation"

"GOLETA, CA — Investigators say a man and a woman are dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide in a Santa Barbara area apartment building.

"A third woman was also stabbed and she's hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds.

"Sheriff's Lt. Steve Johnson says deputies responding to a woman screaming call at about 2:30 a.m. Friday discovered the bodies of a man and woman just outside an apartment door in an unincorporated area west of Santa Barbara.

"The wounded woman who made the 911 call was found inside the apartment. She said the male victim had stabbed all three people.

"Johnson says in a statement that the attack was apparently due to an unspecified domestic situation and the case is being handled as a murder-suicide.

"Names are being withheld until relatives are contacted."


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Deaths May Be Murder/Suicide

"BREVARD COUNTY, FL — Brevard County detectives were at the scene of a possible murder-suicide on Thursday.

"The bodies of a man and a woman were found inside of a home on Ponderosa Road near Valley Road in the Grant-Valkaria area, investigators said.

"Sheriff's agents haven't released the names of the two people involved, because they are still attempting to reach next of kin.

"Investigators said the bodies were discovered before 10 a.m. Thursday, when one of them didn't show up for work.

"Authorities said the deaths may be a murder-suicide, but they were trying to determine what the motive was.

"Agents have not said whether the husband killed the wife or vice versa. Agents said they are not looking for anyone else involved in the case."


Co-Worker Finds Bodies

"HAVANA, FL — The two deceased persons located at 616 Hidden Valley Trail in Havana, Florida are identified as 57-year-old Patti Lewis Brinson and 53-year-old Wendell Glen Shores, according to the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

"Inv. Ulysses Jenkins with the sheriff's office says that the residence where Brinson’s co-worker found the bodies belonged to Brinson.

"The two died of apparent gunshot wounds according to preliminary results of the autopsy.

"Brinson and Shores were involved in a relationship at one point. Brinson had broken off the relationship sometime earlier, but evidence shows that the two had some recent contact with one another.

"Inv. Jenkins says the family of Brinson states they were unhappy with the relationship Brinson and Shores shared.

"The crime scenes was 616 Hidden Valley Trail in Havana and 470 Merritt Lane, also located in Havana, Florida. The first home was where the body was found. Shore's family tried to enter the second home, making that location a crime scene. Deputies found evidence in that Merrit Lane home as well.

"After the autopsy, officials are ruling the case a murder-suicide , with Shores shooting Brinson before turning the gun on himself, rather than a double homicide."


Couple Died From Fatal Gun Shots

"PULASKI COUNTY, KY — An Ashland couple are dead following an apparent murder-suicide.

"According to a release from the Burnside Police Department, officers responded to a possible shooting incident at 100 Stone Crest Drive, Apt. #2 about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

"When officers got to the apartment, they found two people inside that had been shot. According to the release, Robyn Slone, 37, and Mark Willis, 31, both of Ashland, Ky., were found dead.

"Both bodies were sent to the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

"According to the release, the medical examiner ruled their deaths to be a murder-suicide. Slone's death has been ruled murder and Willis' death has been ruled suicide. Both died from fatal gun shots.

"No word on the reasoning behind the shooting.

"Additional testing will be done in the next few days."



04/24/2012 — Shooter had "arsenal" in car...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Family Member Finds Victims Of Domestic Incident

"PALOS PARK, IL — A man fatally shot a woman, then killed himself during a domestic incident in their southwest suburban Palos Park home, authorities said.

"Walter Puk, 53, and Larisa Markewych, 55, were found dead Tuesday afternoon at their home on 12315 South Mohawk Road, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

"Officers were called to the home around 3:30 p.m. by a `a family member reporting another family member unresponsive and appearing to be severely injured,` police said in a statement.

"Officers and personnel from the Palos Fire Protection District entered the home and found Puk and Markewych, the statement said. Puk's wound was self-inflicted, the medical examiner's office said.

"Late Tuesday, a police officer was stationed in the driveway to keep people away from the large home in the upscale neighborhood."

From the Chicago Tribune...

Lawyers In Love

"DULUTH, GA — An office love triangle apparently led to a murder-suicide outside a Gwinnett County law firm Tuesday night, police said.

"The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 3800 block of Satellite Boulevard, in the parking lot of the Junn Law Firm.

"Officers who initially responded to a report of a person hit by a vehicle discovered that Sylvia Junn, 44, had shot her 45-year-old husband, Charles Junn, and another woman, whose name has not been released, Gwinnett police Cpl. Jake Smith said.

"`She shot them both, then got into a white Lexus and fled the scene,` Smith said. `Charles Junn was run over as she left.`

"Smith said Sylvia Junn returned to the scene `almost immediately, and was still armed with the handgun.`

"Sylvia Junn refused the orders of officers to drop her weapon, Smith said, but `before the officers could take action, the suspect shot herself in the head.`

"Sylvia and Charles Junn, who were from Duluth and had a 16-year-old son, died at the scene. The other woman was taken to a local hospital, and was in critical condition on Wednesday.

"Smith said all three worked in the same office where the shooting occurred.

"`The investigation revealed that Charles Junn and the female victim likely had an affair in the past,` he said."


Coffee Clash Leaves One Dead, One Hospitalized

"GARLAND, TX — What started as a trip to Starbucks ended in the attempted murder of a woman and the suicide of her husband.

"Garland Police say a 32-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, who are believed to be married, started arguing at the Starbucks on Arapaho and Shiloh Roads.

"Then, police say, the man pulled out a handgun and began waiving it around at her and other people.

"Police say they started received 911 calls about the disturbance around 7:20pm.

"But before police arrived at the Starbucks, the man fired a shot at the woman inside their 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Then, he took off.

"Police conducted a search of all the hospitals in the area and found them at Medical City Dallas Hospital.

"Police Spokeman Joe Harn said, `At about 7:45 is when we’re being told they arrived here at the hospital. She got out and went in to the hospital said she’d been shot. And about that time is when the man in the truck shot himself and took his own life.`

"Office Harn said the hospital told him the woman is in guarded condition. He also said the couple lives in Garland and that police have answered domestic violence calls at the couple’s address before."

From CBS Dallas/Fort Worth...

SWAT Robot Finds Bodies Of Dead Couple

"HENDERSON, NV — A Henderson man fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself late Tuesday night, police said.

"Henderson Police spokesman Keith Paul said the man called 911 shortly before midnight to report that he had just killed his wife and was going to commit suicide. He then hung up the phone.

"Police responded to the home at 2338 Thayer Avenue, near Windmill and Green Valley parkways, and tried to make contact with the man, Paul said.

"Officers knocked on the door and used a public-address system before the department’s SWAT unit arrived and sent a robot inside, Paul said.

"The robot found two deceased people, who were later identified as the husband and wife, Paul said. No other people were inside the home.

"It appears both died from gunshot wounds, with the man’s being self-inflicted, Paul said. The Clark County Coroner’s Office will identify the couple pending notification of their relatives."

From the Las Vegas Sun...


04/11/2012 — Three dogs were also victims...

"The Guy Just Went Haywire"

"VOORHEES, NJ — The Camden County Prosecutor's office says Dr. Payman Houshmandpour was leaving to go to work at Virtua Hospital around 7:30 a.m Wednesday, when a former colleague was waiting for him in the parking lot of his condo community on the 3400 block of Avalon Court in Voorhees.

"The gunman, who prosecutors identify as Dr. Giocondo Navek, allegedly went up to his car and fired multiple shots into the Audi, killing Dr. Houshmandpour, according to the prosecutor's office.

"Police say they pulled over Dr. Navek a short time later on Centennial Boulevard, and ordered him out of the car. That's when officers say he shot and killed himself.

"The prosecutor's office says the doctors worked with each other until about two years ago. Neighbors [said] that they believe the two doctors had issues with each other when they worked together at Virtua.

"One neighbor described what he heard. `The first two shots were like a second after each other, and then he just unloaded like 4 or 5 more shots just like instantaneously—bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. Yeah, There's bullet holes on both sides of the car, passenger and driver side, window shattered everywhere. The guy just went haywire, that's what it sounded like anyway you know, he was on a mission,` said Ron Gorman, neighbor.

"Dr. Houshmandpour was in his 30s, married with a young child, according to neighbors.

"Police are now investigating what led to the shooting. "

From NBC Philadelphia...


04/11/2012 — Incident called "revenge attack"...
04/12/2012 — Girlfriend of murder/suicide doctor found dead...

Might As Well Jump

"BROOKLYN, NY — A man jumped to his death from his Williamsburg apartment building after a woman was found dead in his bathtub on Tuesday night, police said.

"Officers responded to a 911 call of an unconscious female bleeding inside 325 Roebling Street around 8 p.m.

"Witnesses said the man ran from the apartment toward the roof.

"The officers followed the man and watched him jump, police said.

"Efriam Gabourel, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The woman, who also lived in the building, has been identified as 29-year-old Liliana Belfor.

"The investigation is ongoing."

From CBS New York...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Confrontation Ends With Murder/Suicide

"HIGHLAND, CA — Homicide investigators are characterizing the shooting deaths of two people this morning in Highland as a murder-suicide possibly prompted by an impending divorce.

"San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies received a report at 9:27 a.m. that the bodies of Jesus Figueroa, 59, and Elizabeth Figueroa, 55, had been found in the driveway of the home in the 27200 block of Clifton Avenue, southeast of Pacific Street and Palm Avenue, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

"Both bodies showed evidence of gunshot wounds, the department said.

"Investigators believe that sometime this morning Jesus Figueroa arrived at the home and confronted Elizabeth Figueroa. The couple was in the process of a divorce.

"During the confrontation, Jesus shot Elizabeth to death and then turned the gun on himself, the department said. The time of the shootings has not been determined because the department received no reports of shots being heard in the area."

From The Press-Enterprise...

It Was Too Late

"MEMPHIS, TN — Memphis police say two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in the parking lot of ServiceMaster's offices.

"Police spokeswoman Karen said that a man shot a woman, then shot himself, shortly before 7 a.m. Monday outside the business in east Memphis.

"The victim’s son, who appeared to be in his 20s, said his father called him and said he was going to go shoot his wife. The son called police and drove frantically to the office where his mother worked trying to stop his father from shooting her.

"By the time he got there, it was too late. The young man’s mother had already died in the parking lot behind the business. She had been shot numerous times.

"His father had also died from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.

"Leaving a son who had a mom and a dad just hours before trying to figure out what happened.

"Identities have not been released. "

From FOX Memphis...

Fatal Reconciliation

"EASLEY, SC — The Pickens County Coroner has identified two people who died in what officials believe is a murder-suicide.

"According to the coroner 49-year-old Jeffrey Scott Carroll and 42-year-old Kelly Denise Metcalf were found shot to death inside the home on 107 Red Oak Court in Easley. Pickens County Deputies responded to the home around 6pm Monday.

"Metcalf's daughter told deputies she went to the home to check on her mother, because no one had been able to get in touch with her. She says she found Metcalf and Jeffrey Carroll laying on the bed, covered in blood and unresponsive. Metcalf's daughter told investigators the couple were at an Easter party the day before. According to the incident report, the couple had recently broken up, but reconciled about a week ago.

"The Pickens County Sheriff's office is investigating.

"Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday morning."


"Juvenile Family Member" Finds Bodies Of Pair

"NEW BRAUNFELS, TX — New Braunfels Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide after two people were found shot to death inside of a mobile home early yesterday morning.

"Officers were first called to the 28-hundred block of Windgate Drive, in the Windgate Mobile Home Park, a little after 7am when a juvenile family member discovered the bodies of two adults, one male and one female, locked inside a bedroom inside the mobile home.

"The two victims had apparently been shot to death, each suffering gunshot wounds to the head. The man and woman were common-law married and both lived in that home along with other family members. Their next of kin was notified and they were identified as 37-year old Elizabeth Trevino and 39-year old Augustine Garcia.

"The Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division spent several hours at the scene yesterday, going over the crime scene and collecting evidence. A New Braunfels Police Department spokesman [said] that there are currently no suspects that they believe are on the loose, but since the case is an ongoing investigation other details, like the kind of gun used and the circumstances surrounding the shooting deaths are not yet being made public."


Monday, April 9, 2012

Police Find Pair With "Obvious Gunshot Wounds"

"HOPKINTON, MA — A Hopkinton man killed his wife then turned a gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide today, authorities said.

"Todd Vogel , 43, and his wife, Lori Levangie, 40, were found dead inside their home on 141 Hayward Street from `obvious gunshot wounds.`

"Police were called to their Hayward Street home shortly before 9 a.m., for a report of two unconscious people, and found two dead, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said.

"Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone held a press conference today where he announced the `tragedy.`

"Vogel was called a popular local electrician, according to neighbors."


All-Day Argument Ends In Murder/Suicide

"SOUTH POINT, OH – The Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the husband and wife killed in a murder-suicide Sunday night.

"The shooting happened at a house in the 4300 block of County Road 15 in South Point about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Sheriff Jeff Lawless says 84-year-old Dalton Holley shot and killed his wife Lola, 76, and then turned the gun on himself.

"Lawless says an adult daughter who lived at the house said her parents had been arguing throughout the day. The daughter said she left the house to run some errands and when she returned, she found her parents dead in a bedroom."


Two Dead In Space 61

"BULLHEAD CITY, AZ — Bullhead City Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place late Sunday.

"According to Det. Charlie English of the Bullhead City Police Department, a dispatcher received a call around 9:39 p.m. from man who said he had killed his girlfriend and was going to take his own life. By the time police arrived, he had done just that.

"Police were on the scene at the Mirage RV Resort, 2196 Merrill Ave., late Sunday. A forensics unit was preparing to process the scene and officers were trying to confirm the identities of the two victims and learn if there had been any previous domestic situations involving the couple. English said police had little background on the couple Sunday night. He did not reveal the manner of death of either victim.

"Neighbors milled about in the darkness, more out of curiosity than anything.

"`I didn’t know them,` said a woman who said she lived around the corner from Space 61, where the victims’ bodies were found inside a trailer. `I don’t know what happened, but obviously it can’t be good with this many police around.`"

Source: Mohave Daily News...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cops Find Dead Couple After 911 Call

"BROOKLYN, NY — An elderly Brooklyn couple was found dead inside their home Saturday in what appears to be a murder-suicide, cop sources said.

"Police found the couple inside their E. 69th St. home in Canarsie after someone called 911 and reported gunshots about 7:15 a.m., the sources said.

"Investigators believe the 74-year-old man shot his 63-year-old wife, who may have been terminally ill, before turning the gun on himself, sources said.

"A gun was recovered at the scene.

"Their names were not immediately released."

Source: NY Daily News...

Friday, April 6, 2012

Death At Denny's

"CARLSBAD, NM — A murder suicide attempt in Carlsbad leaves one woman dead and the gunman in critical condition.

"Police say early Wednesday morning at Denny's, the shooter went to pay his tab with his waitress.

"That's when he pulled a gun and shot 34-year-old Rachel Rodriguez.

"He then went to the middle of the restaurant and shot himself in the head.

"He was taken to Lubbock where he remains in critical condition.

"Investigators say it appears to be a murder suicide but are still looking for a motive.

"The Denny's is closed while the investigation continues."


Couple Found Dead In Apartment

"FORT WORTH, TX — Police are investigating the murder-suicide of a Fort Worth couple found shot to death in their apartment Wednesday afternoon.

"Chester Wallace, 90, shot his common-law wife, 58-year-old Essie Howary, in the right thigh before shooting himself in the head, according to autopsy findings released Friday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.

"Police discovered the bodies shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday after Wallace's daughter and Howary's daughter went to the couple's apartment in the 800 block of Crawford Street, concerned they had been unable to reach the pair for a few days, according to homicide Sgt. Cheryl Johnson.

"The children contacted police after finding the apartment door locked. Firefighters then forced entry into the apartment, police said.

"According to the medical examiner’s office, Howary was found on the kitchen floor and Wallace on the living room floor.

"Howary's death was ruled a homicide and Wallace's a suicide by the medical examiner's office."

From the Star-Telegram...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ten Year Old Boy Calls 911

"JEFFERSONVILLE, IN — Two young children are without a mother after police said she shot her 8-year-old daughter before shooting and killing herself. It all happened while the woman’s 10-year-old son was just down the hall.

"`This place was swamped. Ambulance, police, the fire department were all here,` a neighbor said describing the scene at 6 a.m. at the Hallmark Jeffersonville Apartments.

"That man’s neighbor, 35-year-old Melissa Combs, shot her 8-year-old daughter,police said, then turned the gun on herself, taking her own life.

"Police said the son witnessed the shootings.

"`He was the 911 caller. He heard the gunshots and he was the one who called us to the scene,` Jeffersonville Police Det. Todd Hollis said.

"When officers arrived, they said they found the Combs' body and the injured girl.

"`It’s nothing short of miraculous that she's able to speak with officers. She didn't even know at the time that she had been shot,` Hollis said.

"The girl was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital where she underwent surgery. She is reported to be in stable condition and is expected to recover from her injuries."


Bodies Found In Oil Field

"MIDLAND COUNTY, TX — Officials say the bodies of 44-year-old Elizabeth Rangel Torres and 50-year-old Arturo Alvarado were found April 2 around 4 p.m. Monday near West County Rd. 60 and North County Rd. 1275.

"Officials are investigating this case as a possible murder-suicide.

"Thursday, April 5, Officials say investigators are almost finished with the preliminary investigations.

"`We have a few more people to interview and we want to rule out any possibility of a third person,` said Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.

"Painter says the road is part of Nobles lease property in Midland County.

"He claims the wells on the property are checked every day, but Monday one Linn property employee made a disturbing discovery."

From KOSA...

Police Suspect Murder/Suicide

"FAYETTEVILLE, NC — Cumberland County sheriff's deputies believe a man killed a woman at his home off Doc Bennett Road then shot himself on a nearby bridge over Interstate 95.

"The suspected murder-suicide happened early this morning, according to a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

"The body of 23-year-old Allisha Michelle Cherry, of the 4300 block of Spinel Drive, was found around 5 a.m. at 610 Hollins Drive, a neighborhood adjacent to Fayetteville Regional Airport.

"Shortly after, deputies responded to a call of a shooting along Doc Bennett Road at the bridge over Interstate 95, where they found 23-year old Brandon Coleman dead.

"Further details aren't immediately available."


Deputies Witness Suicide, Find Murder Victim

"MARION COUNTY, MS — Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a call Monday and arrived shortly after at a wooded area off Hwy 13 near Lampton.

"At around 10:11 a.m., authorities discovered a man sitting in his vehicle. When they approached, he shot himself and died. While clearing the scene, authorities discovered a body of a female nearby near the edge of a wooded area.

"The dead man was identified as Kevin McCoy, 30. The female was identified as Jammie Williams, 31.

"AAA Ambulance checked both bodies and determined they were deceased. Special agents from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and Marion County Coroner Norma Williamson also responded.

"Authorities say they were told by the family that McCoy and Williams were involved in a relationship and were having problems. Both had been living in New Orleans and one may have been from Marion County.

"Family members for Williams say she was the ex-wife of McCoy and that he kidnapped her from her New Orleans home early Monday morning with the intent of taking her back to Marion County and killing her and himself.

"Williams leaves behind a 12-year-old child.

"The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Crime Scene Unit were called in to assist with the case."


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Girl, 17, Escapes From Scene Of Double Murder/Suicide

"LIVONIA, MI — Livonia police said three people were found dead in a house Tuesday afternoon in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

"Police said offers responded to a 911 call in the 27000 block of Sunnydale Street and found 2 people had died from gunshot wounds and a third person had been beaten to death.

"People who identified themselves as friends of the victims [said] that there was a 17-year-old girl who lived with her mother and another man in the home. They said the teen had just broken up with her boyfriend and that he might have gone to the home in a rage.

"`He was very controlling,` said family friend Lisa Collins. `He tried contacting her several times but she didn't want to do it.`

"Collins said the ex-boyfriend went to the home on Wednesday, tied the girl up and tortured her. He then killed her mother and another man before turning the gun on himself, family friends say.

"`She was tied up and brutally beaten,` Collins said. `And he beat one and shot the other.`

"They girl managed to get away and make the 911 call. She was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover from her injuries."



04/05/2012 — Victims were "axed to death"...
04/05/2012 — "...a gun, an axe and a broken heart..."
04/06/2012 — The inevitable Facebook connection...
04/10/2012 — Recording of 911 call...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Man And Boy Found Dead In Garage

"DENVER, CO — Denver police are investigating what appears to a murder-suicide in the 100 block of South Bryant Street this afternoon.

"Officers were sent to the home at about 4 p.m. on a report of a potentially suicidal person at the home, said police spokesman Sonny Jackson.

"They found a man and a juvenile male dead from gunshot wounds in the garage.

"Police have not positively identified the two people, so Jackson would not comment on the ages or suspected relationships of the two.

"`We still have a lot of investigating to do, but at this time we don't we're looking for another person out in the community` who might be responsible, he said."


Woman Finds Bodies Of Uncle, Aunt

"CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD — Prince George's County Police are on the scene of an apparent murder and suicide in Capitol Heights.

"Corporal Mike Rodriguez, spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department, is on the scene in the 1000 block of Nyanga Avenue where he says a woman came home and discovered the bodies of her aunt and uncle around 1:16 a.m.

"A preliminary investigation indicates the husband shot and killed his wife, then himself. It is unclear exactly when the shooting occurred since there had been no previous reports of gunfire in the neighborhood.

"Police are not releasing the identity of the couple until next of kin have been notified."


Monday, April 2, 2012

Suicide Note Found At Scene

"MUSKOGEE, OK — Authorities say a man and a woman found shot to death in Muskogee County were victims of a murder-suicide.

"Officials said Monday relatives found the bodies of Jimmy Young and Paula Young about 6:30 p.m. Sunday near Warner. Officials say a note was found at the residence indicating Jimmy Young shot Paula Young and then shot himself.

"According to records on the Oklahoma State Courts Network, Paula Young filed for divorce from her husband in October, and the divorce was granted in December."

From KOAM...


04/03/2012 — Mystery house "had no physical address"...

Father And Daughter Dead In Murder/Suicide

"JESUP, GA — Two Sunday night shooting deaths in Jesup are thought to have resulted when a man shot his adult daughter then himself, investigators said.

"Officers responding to a 911 call just after 7 p.m. Sunday found Clarissa Jackson, 27, at a neighbor’s house with multiple gunshot wounds, Jesup Police Chief Glenn Takaki said.

"Jackson lived with her father, Randy Roberson, 60, at 256 Gilford Street and had run next door after she was shot, Takaki said today.

"`She told them who shot her and they called for help,` said Mike McDaniel, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Kingsland office, which is investigating the deaths.

"Takaki said a medical evacuation helicopter had lifted off with Jackson bound for a Savannah trauma center, `but for some reason, they diverted to Wayne Memorial Hospital,` he said.

"A short time later, Jackson was pronounced dead the Jesup hospital, he said.

"Meanwhile, officers believed that Roberson was still inside his residence and there was information that he was armed, Takaki said.

"The Jesup police and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office secured the house until the Georgia State Patrol SWAT team arrived and took over the scene, Takaki said.

"`Sometime after 1 a.m., they went in and found him deceased,` Takaki said.

"There was no one else in the house, he said.

"Although he declined to speculate on a motive, McDaniel said police had responded a number of times to domestic disturbances at Roberson’s house."