Thursday, May 31, 2012
"INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Police have identified the gunman who opened fire at an Indianapolis apartment complex, killing one person and injuring three others before killing himself.
"30-year-old Michael Anderson went on a shooting rampage Wednesday afternoon at the Villa Paree apartment complex where he lived.
"Police say Andrerson shot himself as officers approached him at the complex on the city's northeast side.
"Investigators still don't know what prompted the shootings and say Anderson did not have a local police record.
"Police say Anderson shot all four of his victims multiple times before turning the gun on himself, leaving one employee of the complex dead.
"Another employee was shot but survived, as did a woman who was found with multiple gunshot wounds in her apartment.
"A maintenance worker who was shot was able to flee to a nearby business complex.
"As of Wednesday night, the three survivors were reported to be in stable condition at local hospitals."
"SEATTLE, WA — A gunman has killed five people in two incidents in Seattle before apparently shooting himself, police say.
"The suspect died late on Wednesday, a hospital representative, Susan Gregg, said.
"Police who began scouring the area for the person who opened fire at the cafe near the University of Washington responded a short time later to another fatal shooting near the city centre. They say a man killed a woman in an apparent carjacking and drove away.
"Police said late on Wednesday they believed one man was responsible for both attacks.
"`At this time, we feel pretty confident that we have the suspect,` said Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz after the man allegedly shot himself.
"The Seattle Times identified the suspect as Ian Lee Stawicki, 40, of Seattle. The man was mentally ill, according to his brother.
"The day of drama that rocked the city started with gunfire at Cafe Racer, a restaurant and music venue north of the University of Washington.
"Police released two photos from inside the cafe, apparently taken from a security camera. One shows a man walking into the establishment, with a woman nearby reading a book. Another photo shows stools overturned, and the man standing and holding what appears to be a handgun.
"Two men died at the scene, and a third man and a woman died at a hospital.
"A wounded man was in a critical but stable condition in hospital on Wednesday night."
From Sky News...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"BATON ROGUE, LA — Baton Rouge Police are investigating the shooting death of a man and his critically injured girlfriend who were found at a house in the 4000 block of Tuscarora Street, a police spokesman said.
"A man found his daughter and her boyfriend lying in a bed at the Tuscarora house, both of them with gunshot wounds, and called police around 2:20 p.m., Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
"The boyfriend was declared dead at the scene, McKneely said. The girlfriend was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
"Police are still investigating the incident but believe it could be an attempted murder-suicide, McKneely said."
From The Advocate...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
"DARLINGTON, SC — A husband and wife are dead after a shooting incident Monday afternoon on South Center Rd. in Darlington.
"Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee stated that Alma Stonecypher, 72, died on the scene after being shot. Her husband, Oliver Stonecypher, 73, was taken to a nearby hospital where he then died from gunshot injuries.
"According to Capt. Andy Locklair of the Darlington County Sheriff's Office, investigators have confirmed that the incident was a murder-suicide. `The husband killed his wife and then proceeded to take his own life,` Capt. Locklair said.
"There's still no word on the circumstances which led to the killing but the DCSO is investigating all possibilities."
"BATON ROUGE, LA — Police said a man and his stepdaughter are dead after what they have determined was a murder-suicide.
"It happened at a home in the 3100 block of Cedarcrest Avenue in Baton Rouge Monday night.
"The Baton Rouge Police Department identified the victims as David Robinson, 57, and his stepdaughter, Reagan Rowe, 26.
"Detectives said Robinson was arguing with his wife about them getting a divorce.
"They said when he tried to use the computer he realized Rowe had changed the password, so he couldn't unlock it.
"Investigators reported Robinson then grabbed a gun, shot Rowe and turned the gun on himself.
"They were both pronounced dead at the scene."
"THE WOODLANDS, TX — A veterinarian and her husband were found fatally shot around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon at their home in The Woodlands.
"Graham Gunn, 56, reportedly shot his estranged wife Karen Gunn, 44, at the family’s home on 34 West Greenvine Court. The couple, married in May 1997, had been separated for several months, authorities said.
"A neighbor called the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office after one of the couple’s children ran over saying that the her mother and father were shot. Deputies found the two in the backyard, authorities said.
"An online biography for Karen Gunn lists her as the owner of Veterinary Medical Center of Spring and as a 1994 graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Graham Gunn is listed as an employee of Logoworks by HP.
"The couple had two children."
From the Houston Chronicle...
Monday, May 28, 2012
"TERRELL, TX — On Friday, May 25, 2012, Terrell Police Department SWAT Team members discovered the remains of an apparent murder-suicide inside a home at 611 St. James Street. Police are still investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide that occurred at the residence.
"No suspects are being sought at this time.
"At about 4:36 p.m. the Terrell Police Department received a call on the non-emergency telephone line from a female advising she needed an ambulance and the police, as she had been shot. At that time the phone was disconnected. Terrell Police arrived on-scene about 4:40 p.m. Prior to arrival, a 9-1-1 call was received from a young male subject who reported his mother had been shot and a male subject was still in the house with a gun.
"When Patrol Officers arrived they encountered 3 children, ages 6, 15, and 16. The oldest child reported his mother was inside and had been shot in the abdomen. The child also reported the gunman was still inside and had displayed the gun while ordering them out of the house. Police put a perimeter around the home and immediately began trying to make contact with anyone inside. Police neither heard nor seen anything during this stand-off.
"At about 5:05 p.m. the Terrell Police SWAT Team was called. SWAT Officers were unable to make contact with anyone inside the residence and saw no movement inside.
"At about 6:15 p.m. SWAT entered the residence and encountered a male subject in the back of the house with a gunshot wound to the head. A small caliber pistol was in his hand and lying on top of his chest. The male appeared to be deceased.
"Further into their search, SWAT officers discovered the remains of a deceased female subject who appeared to have been shot multiple times. The female was deceased at the scene.
"The deceased have been identified as Renata Cordelia Cathcart, 31, of Terrell, and Keithian Bernard Daniels, 37, of Terrell. Police believe Cathcart had rebuffed recent attempts by Daniels to rekindle a previous relationship. Daniels was scheduled to start a federal prison sentence in June stemming from his role in a Crack Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy in Terrell in 2011."
Sunday, May 27, 2012
"PEORIA, IL — An apparent murder-suicide in Central Peoria on Sunday morning left two people dead.
"Carlos R. Hightower, 31, and Shauna C. Parks, 30, both of 2912 N. Mission Road were pronounced dead shortly before 5 a.m. at their residence, according to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll.
"Hightower was found in the driveway of the home near an unattached garage with a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Ingersoll. A handgun was found lying near the body, she said.
"Parks was discovered inside the garage with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Ingersoll.
"Ingersoll said an autopsy for both victims is scheduled for later today, but preliminary findings indicated that Hightower shot himself.
"Hightower and Parks had reportedly been living together for some time and had two children together, though neither was home at the time of the incident, according to Ingersoll."
Saturday, May 26, 2012
"NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH — Two bodies were found in a New Philadelphia home Saturday morning after an apparent murder-suicide.
"Tuscarawas County Sheriff Walt Wilson said officers were called to the 3000 block of Ashwood Drive SE in New Philadelphia around 11:30 a.m. after a family member of the residence found the body of a woman and two dogs.
"Upon arrival, Wilson says officers found the bodies of Daniel Fawcett, his wife Rena and the couple's two dogs.
"Wilson says it appears Mrs. Fawcett suffered a severe head injury and Mr. Fawcett hanged himself.
"Officials took evidence to be investigated at the state crime lab and are awaiting an autopsy report from the Tuscarawas County Coroner's Office.
"At this time, indications lead officials to believe the incident was an apparent murder-suicide. "
"NESQEHONING, PA — State police at Lehighton said the deaths of a Nesquehoning couple at their 144 W. Railroad St. home was a murder-suicide.
"The bodies of Christopher Lewis, 33, and his wife, Dana Lewis, 31, were found by a neighbor after a child came to her home saying the couple wouldn't wake up.
"A state police news release identifies Christopher Lewis as the `actor` and his wife as the victim in the case.
"Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik said he pronounced the couple dead at 10:38 a.m. Saturday. Post-mortem exams would be scheduled, he added."
From The Morning Call...
"BLUE SPRINGS, MO — Police are investigating after the bodies of two adults and two children were discovered in a northwest Blue Springs home on Friday afternoon.
"Police responded to the area of 1200 N.W. Cheshire Place Friday afternoon after 1:00 p.m. where they found two adults and two children dead inside of a duplex. The victims are described as a 23-year-old man, a 22-year-old woman and two young girls, ages 2 and 4.
"Police say that girls were found dead in the basement, while the two adults were found dead in the master bedroom. They were found by a family member who was concerned after not hearing from them.
“`I was sitting at my house and heard bloody screaming, you know just somebody screaming loud,` said neighbor Dillon Sparks. `I knew it was something terribly wrong.`
"Authorities are not yet officially calling the incident a murder-suicide, but they do say that the aggressor is among the dead, and that they are not looking for any other suspects.
"Police say that they did recover one weapon at the home, but say that the four victims each died by different means. The identities of the victims have not been released."
From the Chicago Tribune...
UPDATE:06/06/2012 — "Bath salts" may be behind murder/suicide...
Friday, May 25, 2012
"WARTBURG, TN — An emotional day Thursday in Morgan County, when two families learned they lost two loved ones in an apparent murder-suicide.
"It happened inside a home on Meadowview Church Road.
"By all accounts, the area is a peaceful, calm community just around the corner from a church, with neighbors scattered along a country-like road.
"But late Thursday afternoon, police said that sense of calm was wiped out in an instant when dispatch received an emergency 911 call from someone inside the home.
"When police showed up, they said they found a man and woman shot to death inside.
"Family members on scene [said] that Gary Hall and Janell Laymance were the victims.
"TBI was called in to investigate. They said Hall and Laymance both worked at the state-run Morgan County Correctional Complex. He was an officer, she was a nurse.
"Relatives said the couple broke up three weeks ago, and that the break-up may not have been a mutual decision.
"Family members said violence was not in Gary Hall's nature. They were waiting for all the evidence to help them understand exactly what happened.
"TBI took over the investigation. Autopsies were scheduled for Friday."
Posted by tsc at 12:39 PM
Thursday, May 24, 2012
"BAYSIDE, NY — A woman is dead and a man is in critical condition in what sources say looks like an attempted murder suicide in a Bayside, Queens, home.
"Firefighters were called to 39-20 214th Place at 7:24 p.m. on Wednesday for a fire. They found the husband and wife in the basement where the fire started.
"A 57-year-old woman was found with a serious head wound. She was taken to Flushing Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
"A 56-year-old man was found hanging in the basement in an apparent suicide attempt. He was unconscious, and was taken to New York Hospital Queens in critical condition.
"The couple's landlord said the pair fought constantly.
"Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.
"The fire was contained to the basement and placed under control around 8:30 p.m."
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
"WATSONTOWN, PA — A woman’s death in Northumberland County has been ruled a homicide, according to the coroner.
"Police said JoAnn Mitchell, 69, was shot in the chest in her home near Watsontown by her boyfriend, 85-year-old Earl Beck. Investigators said after killing Mitchell, Beck then shot and killed himself.
"Their bodies were found Tuesday evening.
"The couple who neighbors said kept to themselves is now dead. Authorities said Beck shot Mitchell in the chest, then shot himself at their home on Shreck Road in Delaware Township.
"Neighbors said Mitchell and Beck had been together for 30 years but were not married. They added the couple had been fighting recently and Mitchell wanted to move out of the house."
"COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA — Earlier this week, a passer-by discovered two bodies deep in the woods in an Iowa State Park. The bodies were too decomposed to be identified other than being a woman and a boy, so autopsies were performed to learn the identities and the causes of death for the two people.
"When the results came back, according to CBSnews.com, speculations were confirmed. The bodies were a Nebraska resident, Charlotte Schilling, and her young son, Owen. The two had disappeared about two weeks before and never returned. Schilling's car was found, but authorities were still looking for the mother and son.
"Schilling was last seen at a convenience store earlier with her son according to witnesses, but nothing else was known about the events that led up to the deaths. Everything seemed normal, so the authorities' guesses at this point are surprising.
"Outside foul play is not suspected by authorities. Instead, at this point, they believe that Schilling herself is responsible for the actions. More work is being done to confirm it, but the action is believed to be a murder-suicide.
"Neighbors and witnesses are very surprised at this assumption, believing that nothing at all had been wrong with the family. The boy was said to be very happy and the mother was very kind. They were great people, according to neighbors."
From The Owl...
"LOUISA, VA — Detectives are investigating two deaths in the southeastern portion of Louisa County. The Louisa County Sheriff's Office says two people have died following a murder - suicide that happened around 9:30 Tuesday night. The shootings happened along the 1800 block of Mount Airy Road.
"Investigators say a man from Fluvanna County killed 43-year-old Carol Setchfield and then turned the gun on himself. Both died from gunshot wounds.
"Police have not released the identity of the Fluvanna County man.
"Two of Setchfield's children were home during the shootings. They were the ones who alerted authorities.
"The two did not live together.
"Major Donald Lowe of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office said, `It appears as though they had an ongoing relationship. We haven't really determined at this point whether or not they were breaking up or what the status of the relationship was.`
"A handgun and shell casings have been recovered from a bedroom. Investigators are wrapping up the forensic work at the scene.
"Both bodies have been sent to the medical examiner's office in Richmond for an autopsy."
"HILLSBORO, OR — A 40-year-old woman died at her Hillsboro home Monday after police said she was violently attacked. Moments before she died, she managed to tell investigators that her estranged husband was the one who did it.
"Police believe Steven Givens, 45, attacked his estranged wife, Cindy Givens, and then fled in his pickup truck. He was found dead in that truck, along Highway 26, about 15 minutes later.
"Cindy called 911 herself for help, around 1 a.m., and said she was the victim of a domestic violence attack in front of her home. She died shortly after the responding officer arrived.
"Neighbors [said] Cindy had been stabbed to death.
"The couple's three children, ages 11, 16, and 17, were inside the home at the time but they did not see what happened. They were unharmed, police said, and were now in the care of relatives.
"Cindy had filed for divorce in February 2011 and also tried to get a restraining order against Steven.
"The home, located on 2241 NE Grant Street, was surrounded by crime tape Monday morning with investigators collecting evidence.
"Steven's body was found in a white pickup truck along Highway 26, east of Manning. Police have not said how he died.
"Steven had moved out of the family home and was living in Portland, police said.
"The murder has rattled the quiet, well-established neighborhood.
"`We were surprised, just totally shocked about what had happened,` said neighbor Connie Ethell. `It’s a sad thing because now with both parents gone, they left three children behind.`"
"LOUISVILLE, KY — Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jo-Ann Farmer has identified the man who allegedly shot and killed himself late Monday night as 42-year-old Derek White.
"Police say White shot his estranged wife, then turned the gun on himself.
"Louisville Metro Police were called to 6016 Haven Manor Way around 11:50 with reports of shots fired. Investigators say White confronted his estranged wife at the home.
"Officers were told by the woman that White tapped on her window, and when she went to look out, he shot through the window several times. The woman was shot in the arm.
"Police believe White then turned the gun on himself. He was taken to University Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead at 12:42 Tuesday morning.
"The woman was also taken to the hospital. At this time, there has been nothing released on her condition.
"The name of White's estranged wife has not been released."
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
"STANTON, KY — A Powell County man killed his ex-girlfriend and then fatally shot a bat-wielding woman trying to chase him away from another residence as he hunted for the first woman's new boyfriend during a series of shootings Tuesday, police said.
"The suspect later shot himself in the head and was airlifted to a Lexington hospital, said Kentucky State Police Trooper Endre Samu. His condition was not immediately known.
The shootings in the town of Stanton began about 4:15 p.m. EDT on Sipple Street when Randy Derrickson argued with his former girlfriend, Lori Hall Boswell, about their breakup, Samu said.
"`He just didn't want to accept it,` the trooper said.
"Derrickson, 50, allegedly shot Boswell once in the face with a .38 revolver outside her residence, Samu said.
"Boswell, in her mid-30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Derrickson then drove to another neighborhood in search of Boswell's new boyfriend, who was not there at the time, Samu said.
"A neighbor came outside wielding a baseball bat trying to protect the property, the trooper said.
"`She's trying to chase him off,` the trooper said.
"The woman, who was not immediately identified, was shot twice in the face and pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
"Derrickson then started driving back toward Boswell's property but was stopped at a roadblock. While stopped, Derrickson brandished his weapon toward a Stanton police officer in a vehicle in front of him.
"The officer fired two shots into Derrickson's windshield but the suspect was not struck, Samu said.
"Derrickson then drove away at a high rate of speed headed back to Boswell's neighborhood, where Derrickson also lives, the trooper said. Derrickson stopped short of his house, with police officers in pursuit. The suspect then shot himself in the head, Samu said.
"Derrickson never fired at police. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Winchester and then was being airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, the trooper said."
"GOLDEN VALLEY, AZ — A Mohave County man shot himself to death Monday afternoon during a barricade situation, hours after he apparently shot and killed his girlfriend, authorities said.
"Sheriff's officials said Ronald Lee Rixe, 55, of Golden Valley, apparently shot himself in the head following three hours of negotiations with deputies. The Sheriff's Office was called about 1:15 p.m. by neighbors who reported that a man had shot his girlfriend and was loading her body into a vehicle, according to department spokeswoman Trish Carter.
"Rixe barricaded himself inside of the house when Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the home, Carter said.
"Authorities heard a gunshot inside the Golden Valley residence three hours into the negotiations and when a Bullhead City Police Department robot was sent in to investigate, followed by a Tactical Operations Unit, authorities found Rixe dead of a gunshot to the head, Carter said.
"Authorities suspect Rixe had shot and killed Rhoda Jenell Knaack, 42, of Kingman, before deputies arrived on scene.
"They are believed to be boyfriend and girlfriend, said Carter.
"The investigation is ongoing."
"NORCO, CA — A 72-year-old Norco man shot his 35-year-old wife to death and then killed himself Monday, the Riverside County coroner’s office confirmed Tuesday, May 22.
"The couple were identified Tuesday as Roger and Katy Winch. Roger Winch was listed as a victim of a suicide, and Katy Winch was listed as a victim of a homicide.
"Anthony Mauro, who lives across the street, said Tuesday that he heard what sounded like two shotgun blasts a few seconds apart sometime after 6 p.m. Monday. He said sheriff's deputies arrived almost at the same time.
"A Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release said deputies responded to a report of unknown trouble at 7:01 p.m. When no one answered the door at the house on 4091 Crestview Drive, deputies went into the backyard and discovered the bodies in the patio area.
"Mauro said he had known the couple since they moved to the rural area of Norco near Ingalls Park 10 years ago.
"`It's real upsetting,` Mauro said.
"A man who answered the door at the Winch residence declined to comment.
"There appeared to be blood stains on the white door of the home."
From The Press-Enterprise...
"SALEM, OR — The bodies of three young children and one woman were found in a burning northeast Salem home Tuesday morning, and the children's father, thought to be responsible for the deaths, was later found dead in Cottage Grove, Ore.
"The fire was reported shortly before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the home in the 2800 block of Fisher Road Northeast. As firefighters were battling the fire at the home, they found the three children and woman inside.
"Evidence suggested the victims died of homicidal violence, police said.
"Less than six hours later, and roughly 85 miles away, the children's father was found dead in a car in the Cottage Grove area. Investigators described the five deaths as a domestic-related murder-suicide.
"Investigators are still following up on leads in the case and they're not releasing the names of those who died in the fire.
"Salem police, ATF agents, Oregon State Police troopers and the Marion County District Attorney's Office are all involved in the investigation.
"Detectives are awaiting autopsy results on the bodies to determine the exact causes of death for the victims and suspect."
UPDATE:05/25/2012 — Conspiracy theories fly in aftermath of murder/suicide...
Monday, May 21, 2012
"TRIANGLE, NY — Police are calling the fire that incinerated this town of Triangle home Saturday night a murder/suicide. Police say 61-year-old Larry Oney shot his three-year-old daughter Allison while setting their house on fire, then shot himself in the head.
"All to get revenge on his 39-year-old wife Melissa Oney, who police say told her husband earlier that day she wanted a divorce.
"`That was part of his torture to her to tell her how he was going to kill their daughter and himself and burn the house down. She could watch and remember for the rest of her life,` said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.
"Police say Larry Oney originally threatened to kill his wife before deciding he would instead bound her and put her in a car to watch him exact his revenge.
"Larry Oney sliced Melissa Oney's achilles tendon to prevent her escape, police say. But she was able to free herself enough to call 9-1-1 on her cell phone and flag down help.
"`The deputies upon responding were advised there was a subject in his house with a gun. he was going to kill the daughter and burn the house down,` said Harder.
"Broome County Sheriff's Deputies tried to enter the house to save the child but the house was engulfed beyond entry. The fire also set off unused ammunition in the house.
"`Rounds were going off as the house was burning. They thought the subject inside or in that area was shooting at them,` said Harder.
"Larry Oney was a pilot and police had the Greater Binghamton Airport lock down his plane in case Oney tried to use it to flee the area.
"That was before they discovered the bodies of Larry and Allison Oney were found beneath the rubble. Melissa Oney is at Wilson Hospital and is expected to recover from her injuries after surgery Saturday night."
"LEESVILLE, SC — A man and a woman were shot to death Monday in a murder-suicide in Batesburg-Leesville in western Lexington County, according to the Lexington County Coroner's office.
"The victims were identified as Shaquanah Jones-Brannon, 30, and Jamael R. Goodman, 27, both of Batesburg-Leesville, coroner Harry Harman said.
"The shootings took place at the China One restaurant, 245 W. Columbia Ave.
"According to to Harman, Jones-Brannon was shot by her boyfriend, Goodman, while she was working at the restaurant. Goodman then turned the gun on himself, he said.
"Both parties were transported to Lexington Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead, Harman said. Autopsies will be performed Tuesday.
"The incident is under investigation by the Coroner’s Office and the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department."
From The State...
"TEMPE, AZ — Tempe police on Monday were investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the 3300 block of South Oak Street.
"Neighbors reported hearing shouting and gunfire, and when police arrived they found two men outside a residence -- one was dead and one was transported to an area hospital, where he died, police said. Both men suffered gunshot wounds.
"Police would not discuss what details lead them to believe the victim and shooter knew each other. Names, ages and addresses will be released later.
"Three nearby public schools were placed on lockdown temporarily...
"Sgt. Jeff Glover, a Tempe police spokesman, described the area as a `fairly quiet neighborhood.` He said residents `can be confident we'll be patrolling the streets.`
"He said the door of the house was open when police arrived, so the shooting may have occurred as one of the men opened the door."
UPDATE:05/26/2012 — Love triangle may have been motive...
"WHEAT RIDGE, CO — Police said a murder-suicide happened at a Wheat Ridge nursing home on Sunday evening.
"Wheat Ridge police spokeswoman Lisa Spinder said the shooting happened inside Wheatridge Manor Care Center at 2920 Fenton St.
"A man walked into the nursing home, where his wife was a resident, shot her and then turned the gun on himself, Spinder said.
"The husband and wife were dead on arrival at a local hospital, she said. The couple's names were not released Sunday night.
"The investigation is ongoing."
Sunday, May 20, 2012
"LAKE FOREST, CA — An 80-year-old man killed himself in Lake Forest on Sunday after shooting his 68-year-old wife.
"The Orange County Sheriff's Department received a call from the wife in distress at about 8:25 a.m. on Sunday morning.
"She said her husband was very upset and was walking around with a handgun at their house at 22700 Manalastas Drive.
"When authorities arrived, they had to force their way into the residence.
"Sheriffs discovered the man dead in the garage with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A handgun was discovered at the scene.
"They found the wife in the garage with three gunshot wounds.
"She was conscious and was transported to a local hospital for surgery. Her condition is unknown."
"SILVER SPRING, MD — Montgomery County police are investigating what appears to be the murder/suicide of a Silver Spring couple.
"Police responded to the 13600 block of Colgate Way at 10:36 Sunday morning for a missing person call. When officers arrived, they found a 49-year-old man and his 39-year-old wife dead inside of their Briggs Chaney apartment.
"Police said both victims had evidence of trauma to their bodies. Officers also located a suicide note in the apartment.
"The bodies were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsies to determine the cause of death for each victim.
"The victims are not being identified at this time as next of kin have not been notified."
"PRINCETON, WV — Mercer County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of shots fired Saturday afternoon at a townhouse outside of Princeton, and discovered an apparent murder-suicide involving a father and son.
"`We believe it was a domestic situation,` Mercer County Sheriff D.B. `Don` Meadows said. `There was nothing that we knew of that would have led to something like this.` He said that the department had no record of being called to that address recently.
"After law enforcement officers and emergency personnel secured the scene, Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash and a representative of the state medical examiners office, who was in Beckley, arrived at the scene and together, confirmed that it was an apparent murder-suicide.
"Clarence Moore II, 51, and his son, John Paul Moore, 21, both of Princeton, both died of gunshot wounds, according to Meadows. Deputies recovered a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol at the scene.
"`The boy shot himself. There’s no question of that,` Meadows said. `Both bodies will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Charleston.`
"Meadows said that the boy left a note, but he did not divulge its contents."
From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph...
Saturday, May 19, 2012
"TROTWOOD, OH — Trotwood police are investigating what preliminary investigations reveal to be a murder-suicide.
"Officers responded to the home in the 5000 block of Rucks Road after receiving reports of shots fired in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon.
"On scene investigators learned a man shot his wife in front of their children inside the house. According to police, the children then ran to a neighbors house for help.
"Montgomery County SWAT was called to assist. When members made entry into the house they found the husband and wife with gun shot wounds to the head.
"The children were not injured.
"The events leading up to the shooting are unclear.
"The incident remains under investigation."
Friday, May 18, 2012
"AIKEN, SC — It is reported by Sgt. Jake Mahoney of Aiken Department of Public Safety that County and City officers responded to a 911 call around 10:17 a.m. for "shots being fired" at a home this morning, 5/17/12, at 221 Cherry Hills Drive in Aiken.
"Officers with the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office secured the scene, entered the home, where they were faced with an armed suspect. The suspect was shot (not reported if suspect was shot by officers or anyone else within the home at this time) and transported to the GA HSU. No law enforcement officers were injured. Police found a deceased person within the home. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating. Other reports are indicating a domestic dispute or disturbance took place."
From the Aiken Leader...
"CASPER, WY — Police say they believe the deaths of a Casper couple were the result of a murder-suicide. The bodies of 60-year-old Walt McMillin and his 55-year-old wife Jodi were discovered around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Investigators say someone from Walt McMillan’s place of employment called police after he failed to show up for work at the Salvation Army.
"The bodies were found in the living room of the couple’s home on 428 West 12th. Police say both had died from gunshot wounds to the head from a .38 caliber revolver. Officials believe the shooting happened sometime Tuesday between 10:00 p.m. and midnight.
"Police are still trying to determine who the shooter was. According to investigators, alcohol use may have played a role in the deadly shooting. Autopsies are planned this weekend."
UPDATE:05/25/2012 — Police confirm alcohol theory...
"CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — Numerous residents of Cape Girardeau's Landgraf Drive awoke early Friday morning to the sound of gunshots when an apparent murder-suicide left two men dead.
"Several units from the Cape Girardeau Police Department responded to a residence at 1129 Landgraf Drive shortly after 3 a.m. Friday and found the two men lying in the driveway of the home, both dead from gunshot wounds.
"A pistol was visible below the right arm of one of the men, and shell casings were scattered about the driveway.
"Several neighbors said they heard between five and nine gunshots. Some who were awake at the time also said they heard voices a few minutes before the shots.
"Police searched a silver Toyota sedan with out-of-state plates parked near the men's bodies.
"Lt. John Davis of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said police believe the men's deaths were the result of a murder-suicide."
From the Southeast Missourian...
Thursday, May 17, 2012
"PALMETTO BAY, FL — As far as neighbors went, they really weren’t very neighborly.
"Herbert Simpson, a business owner, and his wife, Li Chen, an accountant, kept pretty much to themselves.
"And that’s the way they died.
"Neighbors didn’t know much about the couple, who were found shot to death in their quiet Palmetto Bay neighborhood on Mother’s Day. Police told one neighbor Simpson shot Chen, and then shot himself.
"Neighbors didn’t hear any strife. But family members say the relationship was toxic.
"Police found Simpson and Chen shot to death at 11:30 p.m. at their home, 7720 SW 177 St.
"The couple, married for eight years, were drenched in blood.
"Officials said police were called after `some relatives` were worried when Chen, 36, and Simpson, 55, didn’t answer the phone.
"Homicide detectives are treating the shooting as a possible murder-suicide. Investigators declined to comment on the details of the killing, but said it was domestic-related."
From The Miami Herald...
"ANDREWS, SC — An Andrews woman and her boyfriend are both dead after what is believed to have been a murder-suicide that occurred Wednesday night.
"According to Willamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson, the incident occurred on Thurgood Marshall Highway in the Warsaw Community at about 9:15 p.m.
"Williamsburg County Coroner, Harrison McKnight identifies the victims as Christopher White, 52 of 8777 Thurgood Marshall Highway, and Merlene Nesmith Martin, 48 of 101 North Beech Ave., Andrews.
"Johnson said the two have been in a relationship but, according to what investigators have determined, they had been having problems.
"On Wednesday night, the two were driving on Thurgood Marshall Highway when it’s believed an argument erupted between the couple, Johnson said.
"He said White pulled the car to the side of the road and turned off his headlights.
"This prompted a juvenile who was driving by to stop and ask if everything was OK.
"`They said everything was fine but then the (juvenile) heard a female scream 'help help,'` Johnson said.
"The juvenile then heard a gunshot and sped away.
"Johnson said the juvenile returned a short time later and found both White and Martin deceased in a ditch next to the vehicle, so he called 911.
"Johnson said it's believed White shot Martin before shooting himself.
"`The investigation is continuing but we believe there were ongoing problems in their relationship,` Johnson said. `This is a tragedy for both families and it is hard on both communities.`"
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
"NATCHEZ, MS — Natchez police are investigating a murder-suicide this morning that left a husband and wife dead.
"The Adams County Sheriff's Office has this photo of Daniel Holt on file from a previous arrest. Holt died Wednesday morning.
"Natchez Lt. Craig Godbold said Daniel Holt approached his wife, Erica Holt, while she was in her car at the Exxon gas station at the intersection of Homochitto Street and John R. Junkin Drive early this morning.
"Daniel reportedly shot Erica, who was an employee at the store, and fled the scene, Godbold said.
"Godbold said Natchez police and Adams County Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate Daniel after he wrecked his car on Melrose Avenue. Godbold said while police were approaching Daniel, Daniel shot himself.
"Adams County Coroner James Lee said Erica was shot multiple times, and Daniel suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. Lee was called to Natchez Regional Medical Center, where Erica was pronounced dead at 6:45 a.m. He was called to Natchez Community Hospital, where Daniel was pronounced dead, at 7:10 a.m.
"Godbold said there was a history of domestic violence between the couple."
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
"SPARKS, TX — Sheriff's deputies are treating Monday night's two dead bodies in Sparks as a murder/suicide.
"Deputies arrived to a house on the 13000 block of Mark Twain Avenue at about 9:15 p.m. to a suicide in progress call, according to an El Paso County Sheriff's Office news release.
"The bodies of Estevan Morales, 30, and Lisa Yvette Nichols, 41 were found with gun shot wounds, deputies said.
"The case is still under investigation, but it is being treated as a murder/suicide and there are no suspects wanted."
"PORT ST. JOHN, FL — A mother of four shot and killed her children—three of whom returned home after fleeing—before killing herself Tuesday morning at a Port St. John home, according to investigators.
"The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said Tonya Thomas, 33, shot and killed her two daughters, 17-year-old Pebbles Johnson and 13-year-old Jazlin Johnson, and her two sons, 15-year-old Jaxs Johnson and 12-year-old Joel Johnson.
"Brevard County sheriff's Lt. Tod Goodyear said three of the children went to a neighbor's house to say their mother had shot them. The mother then called the children back to the house and shot them again, killing them, investigators said.
"The neighbors called 911 just before 5 a.m. and deputies found Pebbles Johnson dead in the front yard of the home at 7245 Bright Avenue.
"Deputies then spotted someone at the door, likely Thomas, and called the SWAT team, who later entered the home and found four people dead.
"`We have no idea on motive right now,` said Goodyear, who added that no note or letter has been discovered.
"The father of the children lives elsewhere in Brevard County and was very distraught upon hearing the news, Goodyear said.
"A friend of Thomas told authorities that Thomas sent a text message around 3 a.m., saying she wanted to be cremated with her children. The message wasn't received, however, until after the friend woke up, which was after the family was found dead.
"More than a dozen deputies and SWAT team members had converged on the home and the neighborhood was cordoned off during the investigation.
"Goodyear said deputies were called to the home for a domestic incident a few weeks ago, but he offered no other details."
UPDATE:10/06/2012 — Killer Mom Was Drunk...
"SAINT ANTHONY, MN — Police found two people dead in the driveway of a duplex in St. Anthony when they responded to a call of shots fired and a potential domestic disturbance about 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 14.
"A family friend identified the victims as Sam Wright, 52, and his wife, Lora, 45.
"Chief John Ohl said it appeared Sam Wright died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he fatally shot his wife. Ohl said Sam Wright also likely shot a 26-year-old male, who survived and was taken to an area hospital. His condition was unknown late Monday, but police said his injuries did not appear life-threatening.
"According to the family friend, the younger male possibly was a son of Sam Wright.
"A gun was found at the scene."
Monday, May 14, 2012
"TOLEDO, OH — A West Toledo man appeared to have shot and killed his wife Saturday and then shot and killed himself, police said.
"Officers arrived about 4:05 p.m. at a single-family house in the 3900 block of Burnham Avenue, where they’d been dispatched to check on Leslie Waingrow, 32. Family members told police they had not been able to contact her or her estranged husband, Todd Waingrow, 39.
"Police entered the house and found the couple dead, apparently of gunshot wounds. They had been quarreling Friday night, police said.
"They married Feb. 14, 2005, according to state records.
"An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday, said Dr. Maneesha Pandey, a Lucas County deputy coroner."
Sunday, May 13, 2012
"DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL — Police are investigating a possible murder after which the suspect is thought to have turned a gun on himself.
"Cleveland Gettis, 33, and Saleisha Richardson, 28, died from gunshot wounds at their home in DeFuniak Springs on Saturday afternoon.
"The shooting was reported about 3:30 p.m. at 321 Quebec Ave.
"Witnesses said they believe Gettis shot Richardson and then shot himself after they got into an argument, said DeFuniak Springs Police Lt. Tilman Mears.
"Mears said the gun was found at the scene.
"Gettis and Richardson knew each other, but the police said the exact nature of their relationship was unknown Saturday night.
"Officials from the Medical Examiner’s Office were at the home Saturday evening.
"Mears said police did not have a motive for the shooting and that the investigation was continuing."
Saturday, May 12, 2012
"FORT MYERS, FL — Two people are dead and one is injured after a murder-suicide at a home in North Fort Myers Friday morning.
"Deputies responded to reports of a shooting at 4403 Teasdale Drive just before 7 a.m. Friday. As deputies responded to Teasdale Drive, they received a call about an injured person on Sandburg Drive.
"When deputies arrived to the Teasdale address, they found two people dead.
"The murder victim was identified as 31-year-old Sarah Grindrod.
"Deputies say the suspect was identified as 35-year-old Michael Grindrod.
"The injured person on Sandburg Drive—David Allen Sill—had fled the Teasdale scene, according to deputies.
"He was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.
"Reports show deputies had also been called to the home on March 19, 2012, because of a domestic incident.
"The investigation is on going at this time.
"Deputies say this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community. "
Friday, May 11, 2012
"STAMFORD, CT — A woman killed her mother and herself with a double-barrelled shotgun in a Long Ridge Road home recently sold in a tax sale, police said.
"Police would not identify the woman pending notification of family members. Florence Beran, 85, owned and resided in the house at 1214 Long Ridge with her daughter Susan, 57, according to public records.
"Police said a middle-aged woman killed her mother, who may have been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.
"Police seized several hunting rifles and handguns at the scene. The mother's late husband was a sportsman, according to police. Joseph Beran, Florence's husband, died in 2006.
"Officers arrived at the home at about 1 p.m. Friday in response to calls from concerned neighbors. When no one answered the door, an officer climbed a ladder and entered through a second-floor window to discover a `gruesome scene,` according to Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin.
"Conklin said he believed the shootings occurred within the last 48 hours.
"The family owed $50,000 in taxes and recently sold the property in a tax sale, according to Conklin. He said they were behind on bills.
"There was no power at the gray house, which is surrounded by overgrown grass, weeds, brush and fallen trees. Police tape surrounded the front entrance Friday.
"Conklin said neighbors had recently been giving food and money to the family.
"The home was sold April 21.
"Susan Beran is profiled as a psychic healer on Soul Buffet, an `online community and psychics mall.`
"The state medical examiner was on the scene, along with animal control officers summoned to deal with four dogs in the house.
"The mother's body was found on the first floor, and the daughter's was on the second, police said."
"JACKSONVILLE< FL — Two people have died in what Jacksonville police are investigating as a possible murder-suicide in a high-end Baymeadows subdivision this morning, Jacksonville police said.
"The incident occurred about 9:30 a.m. at 8799 Harpers Glen Court in the East Hampton subdivision off Baymeadows Road, said Sgt. Lonnie Mills of the Sheriff's Office homicide unit.
"Mills said a neighbor heard gunshots and saw a man stagger outside the home. Mills said that victim, 73, was shot multiple times and taken to Shands Jacksonville, where he died.
"Mills said police found a 64-year-old woman dead inside the home of a single gunshot. Mills said a weapon was found inside the home and another outside the home.
"Mills said police are still trying to reach next of kin before identifying the victims or releasing information about their relationship. Neighbors said an elderly couple had been living in the home for less than a year.
"Mills said police are still investigating the crime scene, but he wanted to assure neighbors that the deaths were not a random act and that there were no outstanding suspects. He said the crime scene was contained to the property."
"GUNTOWN, MS — A manhunt for a fugitive accused of a double-slaying and kidnapping two children ended Thursday after the suspect apparently shot himself and died. The girls he fled with were found safe, police said.
"FBI agents and Mississippi state troopers prepare to search for kidnapping-slaying suspect Adam Mayes on Wednesday in Guntown, Miss.
"Adam Mayes, 35, was killed Thursday evening after a SWAT team acted on a tip and found him and the girls near New Albany, Miss. When they went to arrest him, he shot himself in the head, said Guntown Police Chief Michael Hall.
"The girls, Alexandra Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, were taken to a hospital for observation, Hall said.
"Mayes had been charged with first-degree murder in the April 27 deaths of Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her daughter, Adrienne, 14. Their bodies were found buried outside the Mayes' home a week after they were reported missing by Jo Ann Bain's husband.
"Mayes' wife, Teresa, also is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths. She told investigators he killed Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain at their Whiteville, Tenn., home so he could abduct the two young sisters, according to court documents."
UPDATE:06/05/2012 — No one wants body of killer...
06/08/2012 — Killer's corpse left to rot on forensic body farm...
"BIGLERVILLE, PA — Jeffrey Mowen, 48 and Mary Mowen, 46, were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at 1070 Brysonia Wenksville Road, north of Arendtsville, Thursday, after state police responded to a call by family members to check on their welfare.
"Officials from the Adams County coroner’s and district attorney’s offices spent some time at the home Thursday night.
"State police say the investigation is ongoing and the causes of death are pending autopsies to be performed today in Lehigh Valley."
"HOLLYWOOD, FL — Two law enforcement officers from south Florida are recovering from gunshot wounds.
"The officers were hit Thursday night when a man on the Turnpike pulled out a gun and opened fire.
"Investigators said the gunman was walking in the median of the Turnpike in Broward County and shooting at passing cars.
"An immigrations and customs agent and a Key Biscayne police officer were wounded when they pulled up to the scene.
"The female police officer was hit in the neck, and had to be rushed to the hospital by another officer.
"The gunman later killed himself.
"Traffic on the Turnpike was at a standstill in both directions while officers searched the area for other suspects, but they didn't find any.
"Both officers are still in the hospital, but they are expected to survive.
"Neither the name of the immigration agent nor the gunman has been released."
Thursday, May 10, 2012
"QUEENS, NY — Two men were shot to death in the lobby of a Queens hotel Thursday in what appeared to be a murder-suicide, police sources said.
"The bloodshed began after an argument erupted in a group of six men in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn near Kennedy Airport about 12:30 p.m., sources said.
"One man pulled out a gun, shot another in the head, and then turned the pistol on himself, sources said. The rest of the group scattered from the lobby as the bullets flew, sources said.
"Hotel security held the four men until police arrived, sources said.
"Cops found the two dead men lying in a pool of blood, sources said. A gun was recovered at the scene.
"`A group of men met inside the meeting room lobby,` said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. `One man shot another. The other four men left and were brought into custody by the police.`
"Detectives were questioning the men to sort out what sparked the shooting."
"THORNTON, CO — Thornton police say that a father shot and killed his 4-year-old son before shooting himself early Tuesday.
"Investigators from the Thornton Police Department, Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Adams County Coroner's Office have concluded that Kevin Ray Bristol, 30, used a .22-caliber rifle to murder his son, Michael, and then used the rifle to kill himself, police spokesman Matt Barnes said Thursday morning.
"Michael Bristol died from a single gunshot wound to the head at a hospital Tuesday, police said. Kevin Bristol died from a self-inflicted single gunshot wound to the head at a hospital Wednesday.
"Officers arriving at the family's home at 9270 High Street just after midnight Tuesday found the toddler and his father in a back bedroom.
"A friend [said] Kevin Bristol revealed Friday that he and his wife, Carmen Bristol, were breaking up. The father told the friend that he was working to get custody of his son.
"Police said the wife discovered the shooting and called 911."
UPDATE:05/11/2012 — Family won't consider murder/suicide finding...
"THIBODAUX, LA — The bodies of two people were found in a Thibodaux motel this morning, killed after the gunman took somebody's life and then their own, police said.
"Witnesses at the Economy Inn, 1111 St. Mary St., said they heard the "pop" of a gunshot between 8 a.m and 9 a.m., Thibodaux Police said. A housekeeper found an adult male and female dead in room 119 and called police.
"Police say they have not identified the pair nor who shot the gun. Officers obtained a warrant to enter the room and are currently on scene."
"BARRINGTON HILLS, IL — A husband and wife are dead following an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday in northwest suburban Barrington Hills.
"The bodies of Julianne Damato, 47, and her husband, Joseph Damato, 56, were found in their home on Lakeview Lane in Barrington Hills, according to the Cook County Medical Examiners office. Both were dead at the scene.
"Officials indicated Julianne Damato’s death is being investigated as a homicide.
"Joseph Damato is suspected to have committed suicide, according to officials."
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
"BIRMINGHAM, AL — The Shelby County coroner says a 20-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman found dead in a Birmingham apartment were the victims of an apparent murder-suicide.
"Coroner Diana New said Tuesday that Marquavious Anderson and Linh Quyet died from gunshot wounds in the apartment where they lived.
"Shelby County deputies responded to a call of shots fired around 5 p.m. Monday and found the bodies of the pair. Deputies also found a young child unharmed in the apartment.
"The investigation is continuing."
"ADAMS COUNTY, CO — A husband allegedly walked into a bedroom and shot his wife, killing her. He then went outside to a nearby shed and killed himself, according to deputies.
"Adams County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sergeant Terrance O'Neill confirmed to [reporters] this was a murder/suicide.
"The 911 call came in around 3:45 a.m. at 3310 West 66th Ave. in Adams County. O'Neal says eight people witnessed the murder and suicide. He says those witnesses range in age from 3 to 24 years old.
"O'Neill says it sounds like the majority of the witnesses are children of the suspect and victim."
Monday, May 7, 2012
"HOPKINSVILLE, KY — The murder suspect of 24-year-old Autumn Rollings of Hopkinsville has been found dead of an apparent suicide. The suspect, 28-year-old TMarcus Hall of Hopkinsville, was found deceased overnight inside of a car at the bottom of a water-filled quarry.
"Hall was discovered at the quarry located in the 1000 block of North Main Street where the Rogers Group is located. Hall was being sought by police for the Sunday afternoon stabbing death of Rollings.
"The stabbing occurred at 208 East 17th Street around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Hopkinsville Police were called to the scene and discovered that Rollings was deceased. Through their investigation, Detectives identified Hall as the suspect. They also learned through Facebook that Hall might be suicidal after the murder and thought he might drive his car off into a local quarry.
"The car Hall was driving was a Dodge Charger which belonged to Rollings. Hopkinsville Police were assisted at the quarry by Christian County Rescue and the West Kentucky Area 2 Dive Team."
"REEDSVILLE, WV — State Police are still looking for answers after an apparent murder suicide from Sunday.
"Troopers in Monongalia County found a couple shot to death inside a home on McKinney Cave Road.
"Investigators say they found Randy Dalton and Lori Dodson dead in Dalton's home.
"`It was upsetting because I live this road,` McKinney Cave Road resident, John Robinson says. `To hear about a shooting on it is ridiculous.`
"McKinney Cave Road in Monongalia County is one of those quiet, country, backwoods, roads and that's why neighbors are still shocked about what happened there on Sunday.
"`He (Dalton's son) came over and said 'my dad shot himself and his girlfriend,'` neighbor, Jay Baker recalls of the incident. `He, more or less, was shaking so bad we (had to) get him a chair to sit down.`
"According to police, they found Dodson and Dalton shot to death Sunday afternoon in Dalton's home.
"`Bimbo's (referring to Dalton) always has been a quiet person around here,` neighbor, Robert Taylor says. `He's never bothered nobody, to see all the cops it was kind of a shock.`
"`She cared about people,` Robinson, speaking about Dodson, says. `Heck, she treated me wonderful. I was a little younger than them, so on the school bus she would take care of us.`
"Police records obtained by 5 News, show officers have been to the same house where they found the couple dead inside before.
"In February, Dalton apparently held a gun to Dodson's head and even pulled the trigger asking her `if she was ready to meet Jesus`.
"Neighbors mention Dalton, better known as `Bimbo`, had a drinking problem but was never violent.
"`He was a quiet neighbor," Baker says. "He never bothered nobody when he was drinking.`
"Two cars were at Dalton's home on Monday, but no one answered when [reporters] knocked on the door.
"`It's hard to look over there and know that he's not there,` Baker says."
Posted by tsc at 8:10 PM
"WESLACO, TX — A double homicide suspect attempted to drown himself in a sewer pond Sunday night before authorities used hooks to pull him out and arrest him, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino.
"Investigators had been searching for the unidentified Hispanic male after discovering two women stabbed and beaten to death Sunday morning in a home on Mis Padres Avenue just north of Weslaco.
"Authorities found the bodies after a driver noticed a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old wandering the neighborhood just before 10 a.m. and asked them why they were alone.
"The children answered they were going to grandma’s house, Treviño said, prompting the passer-by to ask where their parents were.
“`One of the children, I’m not sure which one, said, ‘My mother is dead,’` the sheriff said.
"After a daylong search, police eventually engaged the suspect in a pursuit about 7 p.m.
"Trevino said the man rammed his vehicle into a gate at a water plant on Milano Road and then jumped in a holding sewer pond, where he tried to drown himself.
"But U.S. marshals, Weslaco firemen and sheriff’s deputies used hooks to pull out the `very combative` suspect, Treviño added.
"He was then transferred to a hospital for a checkup before authorities booked him under suicide watch."
From The Brownsville Herald...
"VICKSBURG, MS — Charles Truitt, 44, was initially being sought for questioning in the death of 45 year old Mary Ann Truitt.
"The search ended after his body was discovered at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg.
"Mary Ann Truitt was found dead at her home on 116 Lightcap Blvd. off of Halls Ferry Rd. just before 6 AM this morning. After finding her body, her son called 911, he told the police that her car was missing. Workers at the cemetary called police when they found the car wrecked and abandoned.
"Charles truitt's body was eventually found on the grounds. Investigators say the Truitts had recently divorced. Mary Ann's sister had no idea things would end so violently. Family members say Chalres pruitt was scheduled to move out of the house today."
Posted by tsc at 7:19 PM
Sunday, May 6, 2012
"POMPANO BEACH, FL — Police are investigating a murder-suicide after the discovery of a woman's body in a South Florida Walmart parking lot and a man's body in a nearby canal.
"A 35-year-old woman was found dead inside a black Nissan parked in the shade of a tree outside a Pompano Beach Walmart along Atlantic Avenue surrounded by bouquets of flowers.
"The Broward Sheriff's Office made the gruesome discovery on Saturday morning. `We have the body of a 35-year-old female that was found deceased inside a vehicle here,` said Keyla Concepcion of the Broward Sheriff's Office.
"Investigators say the death of the woman is linked to the discovery of another body in a nearby canal. `Around 10 a.m. in the City of Coral Springs there was the report of a man floating in a canal,` said Concepcion. `And at this time our detectives have been able to confirmed that they believe the two scene are linked.`
"Hours later, BSO confirmed the second body found floating in a canal behind the Lakewood Village Apartments is that of a man who knew the female victim in the Walmart parking lot and had killed her before taking his own life. A plastic bag was found floating nearby the man with an ID and a suicide note.
"Lakewood Village residents say they saw police remove a cinder block tied to a rope from the canal.
"According to police, the man and the woman had been in a relationship that recently ended."
Friday, May 4, 2012
"ELLICOTT CITY, MD — One woman died and another was critically injured in a Howard County shooting Thursday night, police said.
"`Brenda Brewington, 59, of Ellicott City was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of a gunshot wound. Marguerite Mary Kohn, 62, of Halethorpe, was transported to Shock Trauma, also with a gunshot wound, and remains in critical condition,` police said.
"Police are still trying to identify the suspect in the shootings. The suspect was found in the woods near the church Thursday night, with a `self-inflicted gun-shot wound,` police said.
"Police say they are trying to notify the suspect's family, to confirm his identity.
"The small community of Ellicott City is left stunned by what happened there. Sky 9 was over St. Peter's Episcopal Church as a police SWAT team moved in with guns drawn.
"Investigators say a janitor inside the church called for help after he found two women shot in one of the church's offices. Neither of the victims are being identified yet. Police would say only that one of them was dead by the time they got here.
"Cops in full force blocked off the area as frightened neighbors watched. Officers combed the area for hours looking for a suspect. As they searched the nearby woods, they came across a may lying on the ground. He had shot himself to death. That man's handgun, Police say, was right next to him.
"What's still unclear is what could have led up to this horrific crime. Police still don't have a motive, and no one in Ellicott City seems to be able to make sense of the nightmare."
UPDATE:05/06/2012 — Shooter was homeless man...
"DESOTO PARISH, LA — Crisis counselors are on hand this morning at North DeSoto Elementary School following a tragic double murder-suicide in the Frierson area. The triple shooting happened early this morning on Roach Lane.
"Details are still limited, but authorities say a father shot and killed himself and his two young children, 4 and 7 year old boys. The 7 year old was a student at North DeSoto Elementary.
"Investigators say there were other people inside the home at the time of the shootings. No one else was injured.
"No names or motive for the shootings are being released at this time."
"DOBSON, NC — Two people were hurt in a shooting after Surry County deputies went to a home on a domestic disturbance call Thursday night.
"The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. on 641 Cave Road in Dobson.
"Deputies said three people were in the home, and when they arrived, a man spoke to them through the door. They said they saw through the window that the man had a handgun but couldn't stop him from firing two shots.
"That's when deputies went into the home to find a man and a woman with gunshot wounds. Both were airlifted to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, where the man was in extremely critical condition and the woman was in critical condition.
"The Surry County sheriff said deputies had been called to the home in the past, but it had been a while.
"There was no word on any arrests or charges being filed."
"PRESCOTT, AZ — Police responded Thursday night to a possible or attempted murder-suicide in the 1000 block of Ruth Street, across from Prescott High School, an officer at the scene said.
"Authorities found two elderly people—a man and a woman—outside of a medical building there, the officer said, at about 8:45 p.m. It is not clear who called police to the scene or who originally found the couple.
"The woman was transported by LifeLine ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. The man was still at the scene. Their conditions and identities were unavailable."
From The Daily Courier...