Monday, September 30, 2013

Newlyweds Found Dead In Home

"TABOR CITY, NC — The bodies of a newlywed couple were found in their bedroom Monday morning in an apparent murder-suicide, Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff's Office said.

"Robert Edward Hewett Jr., 45, and Farrah Faith Prince, 36, were pronounced dead at their home on Spivey Road, Nobles said.

"Investigators say Robert Hewett stabbed his wife numerous times with a knife, then shot himself in the head, Nobles said.

"Mrs. Hewett's sons—ages 17, 10 and 8—went to the master bedroom door at the rear of the modular home but were unable to get inside or get any response, Nobles said.

"Sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call about a domestic situation with weapons treated the incident as if someone were barricaded inside, Nobles said.

"Members of the SWAT team entered the home and found the bodies in the bedroom, Maj. Lewis Hatcher said.

"Family members said the couple had been married a short time although they had lived together for about a year, Nobles said.

"Autopsies are expected to be done today in Raleigh."


Two Dead After Argument Leads To Gunfire

"JOLIET, IL — The Will County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance with shots fired at 205 Independence Ave. in Joliet Township at 12:08 a.m. Sept. 30.

"Upon arrival, deputies spoke with a witness who informed the deputies that two subjects were inside the bedroom. Deputies observed Kearra D. Hosey, age 35, and Marcus T. Crosby, age 36, both with fatal gunshot wounds. East Joliet Fire personnel were called to the scene, where the two were pronounced dead.

"The witness, a relative of Crosby’s and also resided with the couple at this address, gave preliminary statements indicating that Hosey and Crosby had been arguing in the bedroom. Crosby pulled a handgun out and fatally shot Hosey, the witness told police, and then turned the gun on himself.

"The couple had been married in May 2013. Joliet Police had responded to a domestic call on Sept. 16, 2012, during which Marcus Crosby was arrested for domestic battery.

"Crosby was currently employed in the Joliet School District as a security guard. An autopsy is expected within the week."

From The Bugle...


10/03/2013 — Couple had just tried out for "Family Feud"...

Man Hangs Himself After Beating & Stabbing Girlfriend

"DAYTON, OH — A nine hour police standoff ends with a mother of two suffering a violent and brutal death, and her boyfriend who held her hostage - dead.

"Police say Jordan Rudd, 24, violently killed Heather Bell, 38, before he hung himself in his home at 807 Nordale in Dayton.

"Investigators say Bell died from head trauma. She was also stabbed several times in the upper torso.
Last night her uncle called 911 when he hadn't heard from her about her kids. He was watching her 2 boys.

"`She's not around and she always calls about her kids. And I'm scared,` he said to the dispatcher.

"Police went to her boyfriend s house to check on her but Rudd wouldn't open the door.

"`Mr. Rudd stated he was keeping her hostage and would kill her. .. officers saw a gun and requested back up,` said Chief of Police Richard Biehl.

"Swat officers surrounded the home for hours and tried to talk to Rudd, but the talks ended in tragedy. Police looked inside and found two bodies. Police believe Rudd killed Bell even before officers came to check on her.

"`It's sad. Its sad. Why wouldn't he just let her go. Its not right. It's horrible, absolutely horrible,` said neighbor, Brian Wendling.

"Rudd did have a criminal past. He was arrested for felonious assault in Clark County."

From WRGT...

Police Search For Motive In Double Murder/Suicide

"FAYETTEVILLE, NC — Investigators say a suspect killed himself after shooting to death a man and a woman in a Fayetteville neighborhood.

"Police checking on a gunfire call around 8:15 p.m. Saturday found 68-year-old Ann Andwelt dead and her 48-year-old husband, Todd, gravely injured inside a home. He would die a short time later at the hospital.

"A witness saw someone running from the home, so police say they started to search the neighborhood and found 29-year-old Allen Thomas dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Police say it doesn't appear Thomas knew the victims, and they haven't figured out a motive for the shootings."


Bodies Found In Garage

"WENATCHEE, WA — Police say an elderly Wenatchee couple is dead following a murder/suicide.

"The bodies of 81-year-old Charles L. Mason and his 97-year-old wife, Ruth Mason, were discovered Friday afternoon in their car, parked in the garage of their condominium on the 300 block of South Elliot Avenue. There was a semi-automatic handgun in Charles Mason's lap.

"KPQ-AM reports that notes and other items found in the home indicate the husband planned the killing, but it isn't clear whether the wife knew about it or was a willing participant.

"The time of death was not immediately known, but investigators believe the shootings happened Friday morning. Autopsies were planned.

"Washington Elementary School nearby was on lock down for a short time Friday while officers checked the area and determined that a gunman was not at large."

From The Seattle Times...

Couple Found Dead In Home

"CLIMAX SPRINGS, MO — An investigation into the deaths of a man and a woman in the Climax Springs area looks to be a murder/suicide based on evidence found at the house where the bodies were discovered, the Camden County Sheriff's Office is reporting.

"Each victim had sustained a single gunshot wound to the head.

"They have been identified as William J. Goodack Jr., 57, and his wife Linda K. Goodack, 65.

"Around 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, Camden County detectives responded to the 1200 block of Sunset Shores Drive for a report of an unresponsive female and male.

"The calling party reported that they had gone to the home to check on a friend they had not heard from since the day before. Upon arriving at the residence, they found the Goodacks lying in the home unresponsive to voice calls.

"The bodies were transported to Springfield, Mo. for autopsy, which is standard procedure in any homicide case. The next of kin was notified and funeral arrangements are pending."


Few Details Released By Law Enforcement

"KANSAS CITY, MO — Police are investigating a possible murder/suicide in Kansas City, Mo.

"Authorities were called to a home in the 4000 block of Vineyard Drive around 10:30 p.m. after neighbors heard gunshots.

"Inside, police found a man and a woman dead inside. Authorities said they both had apparent gunshot wounds.

"The woman was in her early 20s and the man was approximately 30. Their identities have not been released."


Shooter Expected To Survive Botched Murder/Suicide

"WILKES-BARRE, PA — Authorities said they are investigating an apparent murder/suicide attempt that left a woman dead and her husband seriously injured.

"Wilkes-Barre police responded to 389 Andover St. about 11:05 p.m. Thursday for a report of shots fired with a woman shot in the chest and a man with a gunshot wound.

"The woman, 47-year-old Jane Aiello, died of her injuries at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township at 11:43 p.m., according to Acting Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman. He said an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death was scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m.

"The suspected shooter is Aiello’s husband, 48-year-old Vito Aiello, First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said. No charges had been filed as of Friday morning.

"He was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, in critical condition. Sanguedolce said he was expected to survive from preliminary indications.

"Sanguedolce said the investigation was still in its early stages and he could not comment on a possible motive.

"Court records show Jane Aiello filed for divorce against her husband on Sept. 13. Friends say Vito Aiello, who owns a local carpet cleaning business, took the news hard."


Friday, September 27, 2013

Killer's Suicide Ends Hours-Long Standoff

"WASHINGTON, PA — Police said a man killed his wife and shot her boyfriend inside of a Washington County home early Friday morning before prompting an hours-long standoff that ended when he killed himself.

"The incident began around 1 a.m. on Arrowhead Drive in South Strabane Township, authorities said.

"Police say an estranged husband, later identified as 56-year-old Harold McCutcheon, went to 52-year-old-old Terry McCutcheon’s home and killed her and shot her boyfriend.

"Investigators said the boyfriend escaped to a neighbor's house and a standoff began.

"Authorities said shots were fired from inside the home while officers were on the scene. Police fired rounds of tear gas into the house, witnesses said.

"Harold McCutcheon eventually took his own life, ending the standoff.

"Investigators said no law enforcement personal were hurt during the ordeal.

"People who live near the home were evacuated while police worked to resolve the situation. Officials said they have all been permitted back into their homes."

From WPXI...

Two Dead In "Perfect Neighborhood"

"BUFFALO, NY — Two people were found dead this morning inside a home on 107 Dawnbrook Lane in Amherst and police are investigating the deaths as an “apparent murder-suicide.”

"The names of the individuals were being witheld pending notification of next of kin.

"No other details were immediately available.

"Deborah Lewis, who lives across the street from the home on Dawnbrook, said her husband was stunned to find their street `swarmed` with police cars when they woke up this morning.

"They later saw two gurneys carried out of the home and placed in an unmarked van.

"Lewis said it was `extremely` rare to find police activity on their quiet, tree-lined neighborhood off North Forest Road.

"`It's a perfect neighborhood,` she said. `It's a quiet, idyllic suburban neighborhood.`"

From The Buffalo News...

Police Suspect Murder/Suicide In Apartment Shooting

"WIXOM, MI — Police in suburban Detroit say the deaths of a man and woman at an apartment were the result of a murder/suicide.

"Wixom police say in a statement Friday afternoon that investigators have examined information from the apartment and spoken with medical examiners. The bodies were found a day earlier at the Stone Ridge apartment complex in the Oakland County community.

"Authorities say they are not searching for any suspects.

"Police say they are working to identify the bodies. Names won’t be released until positive identifications are made and family members notified.

"A gun found at the scene has been sent to a laboratory for analysis."

Source: Detroit Free Press...

Woman Dead, Shooter Under Arrest After Botched Suicide

"BROOKLYN, NY — The man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child in Brooklyn was arrested Thursday night.

"Eric McCormick, who allegedly shot 46-year-old Sellis Gonzalez six times after her daughters out for fried chicken last week, was taken into custody in Fallsburg, New York.

"Police say the 40-year-old McCormick shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt when NYPD officers knocked on the door of the home on 532 Chauncey Street around 10 p.m.

"He suffered a graze wound and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

"McCormick was caught on surveillance video near the scene after police say he showed up at the home around 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, and gave the girls money to buy chicken at a restaurant around the corner.

"When they returned, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said they found the door ajar and their mother in a pool of blood. Gonzalez was reportedly shot three times in the head and three times in the chest.

"She was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival."

From WABC-TV...

Husband Shot Multiple Times In Attempted Murder/Suicide

"WINCHESTER, KY — Winchester Police are calling a double shooting Thursday night an attempted murder-suicide.

"It all unfolded around 8:30 p.m. inside of a home on 115 Kittison Drive in Clark County.

"Police say it appears Patricia Volkar shot her husband, Ted, several times inside of their Winchester home, then turned the gun on herself.

"According to the Clark County coroner, the preliminary results of an autopsy performed Friday seem to back that up, showing Patricia Volkar died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

"Around 8:30 p.m. Friday night, crews rushed to the Volkars' home on Kittison Drive, after police say Patricia's husband, Ted, called 911, telling dispatchers he'd been shot multiple times.

"Ted Volkar was taken to UK hospital with serious injuries, while his wife was found dead in the home.

"The shooting remains under investigation by the Winchester Police Department. A possible motive is not being discussed.

"Police say they questioned Ted Volkar Friday at UK Hospital. They say his condition appears to be improving."


Gunshot Heard As Police Arrive For Welfare Check

"MAGNOLIA, NJ — A 66-year-old Camden County man killed his wife and then shot himself in the family's Magnolia home on Wednesday night, prosecutors said.

"Henry Yip shot his wife Vicki Yip, 54, and then took his life inside their home on 313 East Washington Avenue around 7 p.m., shortly after the county's 911 dispatch center received a call from a distraught man who claimed to have killed his wife, Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said in a statement.

"Officers responded to the home after receiving a call from a relative of the Yips, who asked police to check on the family, Faulk said. An officer arrived at the house, and heard a gunshot seconds later.

"Around the same time, a 911 call was made from the Yip residence from a person who claimed to have killed his wife and was planning to kill himself, Faulk said.

"Henry Yip apparently made an `alarming` phone call a relative earlier in the evening, which prompted the initial call to police."


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"They Were Really Nice People"

"HASLETT, MI — A couple in their 60s as well as their three dogs were found dead Tuesday at their home, police said, in an apparent murder-suicide.

"At about 12:10 p.m., officers responded to the home at 5609 Creekwood Lane for a reported accidental shooting.

"The couple — Ron Klaus, 68, and Elaine Klaus, 64 —were found dead inside the home, said Meridian Township police Lt. Greg Frenger.

"The dogs also were found dead.

"Police did not release any additional information.

"Property records show the couple had lived there since the late-1980s.

"`They were really nice people,` said neighbor John Foren. `We’re obviously shocked.`"


Family Of Five Found Dead In Rural Texas

"RICE, TX — A family of five, including three children, was found dead in their north Texas home, all shot in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said on Monday.

"The official cause of death for the children, ages 10, eight and four, and their parents, Israel Chairez Alvarez and Guadalupe Ronquillo-Ovalle, both 33, was not immediately released.

"All five had suffered gunshots to their upper torsos when they were found Sunday evening in their home in a rural area outside Rice, Texas, a tiny community 45 miles southeast of Dallas, Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said.

"A .22-caliber semi-automatic long rifle was found at the scene, he said.

"Police were investigating the deaths as a murder/suicide but did not release information on who they believe pulled the trigger, according to Tanner.

"Police discovered their bodies after receiving a call from a man reporting that his family was dead, according to a sheriff's department news release late Sunday.

"Tanner did not release any information on the caller, saying the case was still under investigation.

"Alvarez had been arrested on Sept. 11 on misdemeanor assault charges after getting into a fight with his wife, Ronquillo-Ovalle, Tanner said. He was released after two days in jail."

Source: Toronto Sun...


09/25/2013 — Plot twist: wife was the shooter...

Monday, September 23, 2013

Father-Son Fight Turns Deadly

"BROOKLYN CENTER, MN — Authorities say a father and son in Brooklyn Center are dead after a fight escalated in what appears to be a murder/suicide.

"Police responded to the 1300 block of 72nd Avenue North at about 1 a.m. Monday after a report of a domestic dispute at a residence.

"When authorities arrived, a father and son had gotten into a fight and gunshots were heard before police arrived. Authorities learned upon arrival that the son had shot and killed his father in the residence before going in the downstairs of the home and taking his own life.

"Police said the son’s mother was also shot in the arm, but she is expected to survive. Police say she was previously married to the older victim.

"Authorities said there were no previous issues at the home where the incident happened.

"The names and ages of the victims have not been released.

"Police say there is no danger to the public and the incident is still under investigation."

From WCCO...

Woman Kills Daughter, Self After Shootout With Cop

"MOUNTAIN CITY, TN — A Johnson County woman and her 6-year-old daughter are dead in what authorities believe to be a murder/suicide.

"Johnson County Sheriff Michael Reece said the murder/suicide was the result after a shootout took place in Johnson County on Saturday night.

"He said an officer arrived at 1235 McEwen Ranch Road at just after 10 on Saturday night with emergency medical services in response to a shooting.

"Reece said his officer found Mark Johnson, 50, at his neighbor’s house, shot in the hand and stomach before he approached Johnson’s residence. The officer then saw a woman on the porch, who was later identified as Johnson’s 31-year-old girlfriend, Heather Buchanan.

"Buchanan fired at the officer twice, causing him to take cover until more officers arrived, allowing Buchanan to re-enter the house, Reece said.

"Upon entering the house, officers learned the woman had escaped into the woods behind the house. After speaking with neighbors at around 2 a.m., officers learned the woman had her 6-year-old daughter, Alexis Buchanan, with her.

"`We didn’t realize she had her daughter with her until we talked with the neighbor,` Reece said. `That’s when we called the helicopters in.`

"He said officers and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter looked for the woman and her daughter for the next two hours, until just before 5 a.m., before fog made the search unsafe for the helicopter crew.

"Reece said the sheriff’s department received a call at around 9 on Sunday morning that said the bodies of two females, Buchanan and her daughter, were found dead in a driveway near the residence.

"Both Buchanan and her daughter had been shot in the head in what Reece said he believed to be a murder/suicide."

Source: Johnson City Press...

Apartment Building Evacuated After Shots Fired

"EDEN PRAIRIE, MN — Two people were killed in a shooting at an Eden Prairie apartment building Saturday morning.

"Eden Prairie Police had a SWAT team surrounding a building at the Eden Place apartment complex on the 8600 block of Magnolia Trail after they received a call of shots fired inside one of the units just after 7 a.m.

"Police say they went door-to-door and evacuated some residents after they were unable to make contact with the occupants of the unit.

"According to authorities, when they entered the apartment unit, they found the body of an adult female.

"For safety reasons, police say they used robotic devices to investigate the rest of the unit. That's when they found the body of an adult male. Authorities say they found weapons in the unit.

"According to police, they are not seeking any suspects in the case and there is no related threat to the public. Residents have been allowed to re-enter the building."


Young Teen Witnesses Parents' Deaths

"SANTA FE, TN — When a 13-year-old boy knocked on his neighbor’s door late at night, he had horrifying news for the man who answered.

"The boy said his father had just shot his mother. He then ran back home, saying he had to get his two younger brothers. The neighbor immediately called 911. When the boys returned to their neighbor’s house a few minutes later, the oldest told the neighbor his father had also shot himself.

"After Maury County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and carefully entered the trash-strewn, double-wide trailer at 3540 Fly Road in Santa Fe, they found the bloodied bodies of Matthew O. Johnson, 31, and his wife Sharon Crutcher Johnson, also 31, on the floor inside."

Read more at the Daily Herald...

Couple Dead For Several Days Before Discovered

"HATTIESBURG, MS — The Lamar County Sheriff's department responded to a double shooting in the Oak Grove community Thursday evening.

"The incident happened on the corner of King Road and Pompano Drive. One body was found inside a house and another body inside a vehicle. Officials said clues at the scene indicated the incident took place several days before it was discovered.

"Authorities said the bodies were identified as a man, age 53, and a woman, age 46, who were in a long-term relationship.

"Lamar County deputies are reassuring the public there is no third party involved in this incident.

"Officials are currently investigating this as a possible murder/suicide."

From WDAM...

Couple Found Dead At Scene After Bloody Breakup

"JERSEY CITY, NJ — Police have identified the 18-year-old Jersey City woman they believe was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend who then took his own life with a stab wound to the chest, bringing their stormy relationship to a tragic end, an official said.

"The body of Maria Peralta was found in the kitchen area of a Palisade Avenue apartment this morning and she was pronounced dead at the scene, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Gene Rubino said this afternoon, adding that she had stab wounds to her head and torso.

"The body of her 27-year-old ex-boyfriend was also found in the kitchen area and he was pronounced dead at the scene as well, Rubino said, adding that he had at least one stab wound to the chest.

"Rubino said the pair had recently broken up and the ex-boyfriend contacted Peralta last night asking her to come to the apartment to pick up her belongings. A friend of the victim dropped her off last night but she later became concerned after not being able to contact Peralta so she went back to the apartment building this morning, Rubino said.

"When the friend peered through a window she saw her friend’s motionless foot on the apartment floor and called police, who forced entry to the apartment just after 9 a.m. and found the bodies, Rubino said."


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Man, Woman, And Dog Found Dead In Home

"BRISTOL, WI — Dane County Sheriff’s Department has identified the couple found dead in a town of Bristol home Tuesday afternoon.

"They have been identified as Kevin S. Herskind, 53, and Julie A. L. Herskind, 52. Authorities have determined that Kevin Herskind fatally shot his wife Julie Herskind and then committed suicide.

"Kevin Herskind also fatally shot a dog belonging to the couple. Another small dog and three cats were removed from the home on 6710 County Highway N by an animal control officer.

"It’s unclear at this point what led up to the violence, but detectives will continue to investigate the incident, according to the sheriff’s department.

"Dane County deputies discovered Herskind and his wife after they were called to the scene when an employer became concerned when an employee did not show up for work as expected."


Killer Pulls Off Bizarre Suicide

"POLO, IL — A Polo man fatally shot a woman in her home before hanging and fatally shooting himself Monday, Polo Police said Tuesday.

"The body of Marcellene Jones, 73, was discovered by a male friend at her home at 604 W. North St. around noon Monday. The body of Paul Busser Sr., 76, was found after a more extensive search of the home, police said in a news release.

"The friend went to Casey's General Store, 120 N. Division Ave., and called 911 to report a possible shooting, Polo Police Chief Dennis Christen said Tuesday during a phone interview.

"Authorities arrived shortly after, and the block was closed to traffic for much of the afternoon.

"Autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday."


Victim Escapes, Shooter Botches Suicide

"SEATAC, WA — Investigators now say a shooting in SeaTac Thursday evening may have stemmed from a bad break-up.

"A woman was shot on 24th Ave. S. and a brief manhunt was launched for the shooter until he was located in a nearby wooded area with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Both survived.

"The 25-year-old victim told police her 26-year-old ex-boyfriend, Samson Berhe, had been following her and opened fire on her car, according to court documents.

"She jumped out and was shot trying to run away from him. As she was cowering in fear, prosecutors say Berhe attempted to reload and pointed the gun at her head, telling her he was going to kill her and that her daughter would have no mother.

"The victim sprang up and punched Berhe in the face and then ran across the street, dodging another bullet until someone let her into a nearby home, prosecutors said.

"Detectives say Berhe took off but crashed his SUV a short time later, and then stole the victim's car. He drove about 1/2 mile then got out and ran off into a wooded area near S. 128th Street and Military Road, police said.

"An intense manhunt ensued and when Berhe was located about 40 minutes later, he shot himself in the chest, police said.

"Berhe, who is still recovering at Harborview Medical Center, was charged Friday with attempted murder and felony harassment."


Killer's Wild Ride Ends With More Death And Suicide

"MIAMI, FL — Maritza Medina dropped her daughter at school Wednesday morning and never came home.

"The 47-year old mother of two crossed paths with a man who had mortally wounded a woman and her daughter, then led police on a wild, two-county chase that ended when he barreled into Medina’s Mercedes in the far reaches of Broward County.

"The impact was so fierce that Medina was ejected when her sedan spun around and split into pieces, scattering metal upon a field on the edge of the Everglades along U.S. 27 shortly before 10 a.m.

"As the smoke cleared and Broward sheriff’s deputies arrived, the gunman, Antonio Feliu, 48, fired at least one shot, initiating a tense hourlong standoff with SWAT teams armed with high-powered rifles.

"Television stations covered the drama live from helicopters as the law officers surrounded his SUV.

"The standoff ended when SWAT teams launched a 40mm canister at the gunman’s rear window, shattering it. They found Feliu slumped behind the wheel, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Feliu’s cross-county trail of terror began about 9:30 a.m. when he shot his estranged girlfriend and then turned the gun on her daughter, killing them both in the efficiency they were renting in the 12300 block of 190th Street in South Miami Heights. Neighbors said they heard three shots about 7:30 a.m., but thought it was fireworks.

"His ex-girlfriend, Vivian Gallego Martinez, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 28-year-old daughter, Anabel Benitez, was rushed to Kendall Regional Hospital, where she died.

"Homicide detectives are still trying to determine what led to Feliu’s rampage. Records show that Feliu had a litany of traffic infractions and a 2009 arrest for drunken driving. However, there was no history of domestic problems at the address, according to Miami-Dade police."

Read more at the Miami Herald...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pair "Very Critical" After Attempted Murder/Suicide

"OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma City police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide.

"They were called to 6601 Johnnie Terrace just before 7 p.m. Sunday.

"Police said a minor child who was in the home at the time of the shootings made the 911 call.

"`There was a minor that was inside at the time of the shooting,` OKC Police Lt. Don Holland said. `We do not know what the child actually saw or didn’t see so we’re still trying to determine.`

"Lt. Holland said the shootings stemmed from a situation between an estranged husband and wife.

"He said the preliminary investigation shows the man shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

"`When officers arrived, we found two subjects that had been shot,` Lt. Holland said. `Both of them were transported to OU Medical Center in very critical condition.`

"Police said they’re trying to determine exactly what led up to the shootings.

"The female victim was in critical condition but expected to survive.

"Lt. Holland said the male was more severely injured and that he might not make it through the night."

From KFOR...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Dispute Between Father & Son Ends In Gunfire

"CARENCRO, LA — Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office has released the names of the two men killed in what they are calling a murder/suicide that occurred Sunday morning outside Carencro.

"Deputies responded to a report of gunshots in the 100 block of Nanoke Lane, in Lafayette Parish just outside the Carencro city limits.

"According to LPSO Public Information Officer Kip Judice, Harold Pope, 61, was shot and killed after a confrontation with his son, Jeremy Pope, 38. Judice said the younger Pope died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"`From witnesses, we hear there was an ongoing dispute between the father and the son,` Judice said Monday afternoon. `The incident occurred at father's home, so the only thing we can surmise is that the son confronted father at his home, shot the father and then killed himself.`

"Deputies are not seeking any other suspects in the case."


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Standoff Ends With Shooter's Suicide

"KATY, TX — A man shot his estranged wife to death at a Katy high school on Friday morning, then killed himself at a home in Brookshire after a standoff with police, officials said.

"Relatives identified the dead woman as Valerie Robinson, 42, and her estranged husband as 54-year-old Gregory Robinson.

"The couple's marriage had been troubled, said Clarissa Coleman, Valerie Robinson's sister. She said the couple had been married about 27 years.

"Valerie Robinson arrived for work about 6:10 a.m. at Tompkins High School, 4400 Falcon Landing, when her estranged husband approached in the parking lot and shot her, officials said. He then was seen driving away in a pickup.

"Valerie Robinson worked in the school cafe­teria, according to Steve Stanford, spokesman for the Katy Independent School District.

"Two coaches performed CPR on the woman, who was later pronounced dead at Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital."


Death At The Bingo Hall

"CONWAY, SC — A Conway man and his estranged girlfriend are dead after a shooting late Saturday at a bingo hall.

"Richard Register, 41, and Ebony Parson, both of Conway, were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting which occurred about 10:47 p.m., according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler. He said each died from a gunshot wound.

"The incident happened at Mill Pond Bingo located at 1410 Millpond Road in Conway, said Lt. Selena Small of the Conway Police Department.

"She said officers responded to a call about someone being shot inside the bingo business.

"When officers arrived, they found the man and woman shot inside. She declined to say where on their bodies the were shot, or identify the type of gun used. Investigators learned from witnesses that Register shot Parson, who police said was his estranged girlfriend, then turned the gun on himself, according to Small.

"Police have not release a motive for the shooting. Small said several witnesses were at the business at the time of the shooting, and the investigation is ongoing."


Two Dead, But Shooter A Mystery

"MESA, AZ — A man and a woman were found dead in their Mesa apartment on Saturday afternoon in what police believe to be a murder/suicide, officials said.

"Mesa police officers responded to a call around 11:40 am at the Metro on Main Apartments on 944 Main Street. A family member reported a man and woman, both in their early 20s, were lying unresponsive on the floor.

"The family member was unable to enter the locked apartment after neighbors reportedly heard gunfire, officials said

"Officers kicked down the door and found the couple with fatal gunshot wounds and a handgun nearby, police said.

"It is unknown who was the shooter, said Tony Landato with the Mesa Police Department.

"The couple has a 4-year-old boy together, but it is not known if they are married, Landato said.

"The man reportedly took his child to a neighbor around 10:30 am and called the family member to pick the boy up, Mesa police said.

"The man and woman have been identified by police, and their names will be released Sunday, officials said.

"The investigation is ongoing."


Body Of Shooter Found After Standoff

"FRESNO, CA — Hours after Fresno police found the bodies of a man and woman outside a southeast Fresno apartment complex and in a cul-de-sac, officers found the body of their suspected slayer.

"All three were fatally shot, police said.

"The suspected shooter in Friday evening's double-murder was identified Saturday by the Fresno County Coroner's Office as Anthony Jackson, 50, of Fresno. The Coroner's Office identified the shooting victims as Gerome Dixon, 22, of Fresno and 38-year-old Cynthia Walkins, 38, whose residence was unknown.

"Dixon and Walkins were found 400 feet apart in separate locations just after 7 p.m. Friday, police said. They died within 10 minutes of each other, according to the Coroner's Office.

"Lt. Mark Salazar said Jackson had fathered a 2-year-old child with Walkins. Salazar said the homicides were related and no other suspects were involved in the shootings. Detectives were still investigating a motive on Saturday, Salazar said.

"Just after 7 p.m. Friday, police received a call of shots fired and found Dixon's body in front of an apartment complex at the corner of Montecito and Pierce avenues, Lt. Phil Cooley said. Dixon lived next door to Jackson at the apartment complex, Salazar said.

"A few minutes later, police got a report of a second shooting victim and found Walkins' body in a cul-de-sac at the end of Alta Avenue. Salazar said Walkins lived one street over from the apartment complex where Jackson and Dixon lived.

"Cooley said police believed the shooting suspect was still inside the apartment complex Friday evening. Officers could be heard on a loudspeaker, urging someone to surrender.

"Officers tried to get Jackson to come out of the apartment, but he never did. When they entered at 2 a.m., they found he had shot himself, Salazar said."

Source: Fresno Bee...

Mom Kills Kids, Botches Suicide Bid

"SANTA ANA, CA — An Arizona woman was booked on two murder counts Sunday after her children were found dead inside a Santa Ana hotel, authorities said.

"Marilyn Edge, 42, was being held at the Santa Ana Police Department, according to Santa Ana police.

"No information was available on the amount of her bail.

"Edge was arrested Saturday after driving her car into steel poles protecting an electrical box at a shopping center on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, police said.

"When officers arrived, she `placed an electrical cord around her neck and began attempting to strangle herself,` according to a press release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.

"Officers smashed the car’s windows and removed the woman.

"She then alerted them to the two dead children at a Hampton Inn & Suites in nearby Santa Ana around 8:20 a.m. , according to police.

"The hotel is located at 2720 Hotel Terrace Drive off the 55 freeway.

"Officers sent to a third-floor room discovered the children’s bodies inside, police said.

"The children were a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.

"Edge, who is from Scottsdale, Arizona, was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, and later turned over to the Santa Ana Police Department.

"Investigators have not said how the children died. A coroner’s report was pending."

From KTLA...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Police Investigate "Suspicious Circumstances", Find Bodies

"COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Police say the death of a woman found in a Colorado Springs home has been ruled a homicide.

"Diane Klein, 53, was found by police in her home Wednesday night. She had been shot to death.

"The body of Kelvin Klein, 52, was also found in the home. The county coroner has ruled his death a suicide by gunshot wound.

"Officers responded to the home, located on 8322 Radcliff Drive near North Powers Blvd and Research Parkway in Colorado Springs after receiving a call about suspicious circumstances regarding the address."


Pair Found Shot In Parking Lot

"BESSEMER, PA — State police in Lawrence County are investigating an apparent murder/suicide.

"Police say a passerby found two people who had been shot in the parking lot of Bessemer Lake at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

"The body of 54-year-old Ronald Allen Hartman of East Poland Ave., North Beaver Township was found on the ground. He had died from an apparent gunshot wound.

"50-year-old Shirley Ann Rivardo, who has the same address as Hartman's, was found inside a nearby pickup truck. Rivardo had also been shot.

"She was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown where she was pronounced dead.

"State police say a preliminary investigation indicates that Hartman shot Rivardo, then shot himself."


Three's A Crowd

"RENO, NV — Reno police have released the names of both people killed in a home in north Reno Monday night.

"Police were called to the home on Sienna Park Drive shortly before 10PM. They found 24-year-old Brooks Greenlee and 27-year-old Setheara Chhay, shot to death.

"Police say Chhay was visiting a female friend at the home when Greenlee arrived to join them. Evidence indicates that upset Chhay, who left the house and returned with a loaded pistol. Police believe he shot Greenlee and then himself.

"The woman, whose name hasn't been released, isn't hurt.

"Police say the only suspect in this case was Chhay, and so no charges are expected."


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Evil Stepfather

"BRIGHAM CITY, UT — A 16-year-old girl and her stepfather were found dead in their Brigham City home, and police are still looking for answers in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

"The body of Alix Norman was discovered about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon by her mother, Chrishelle Woodruff, as she returned from work to the family home at 545 N. 100 East.

"Norman’s body was found at the foot of the stairs, according to Brigham City Police Lt. Mike Nelson. The mother immediately notified police.

"In their search of the residence, police also found the body of 45-year-old Michael Woodruff in a bedroom. A .40-caliber handgun was located near him.

"The family dog was found shot to death in another room.

"Police Lt. Mike Nelson said no notes or others clues were found at the scene, but a neighbor did report hearing `popping` sounds at about 4:30 p.m. He said he had assumed they came from a nail gun, as the home was under extensive renovations.

"Nelson said there did not appear to be any problems in the family, and the victims seemed to have had a good relationship.

"Chrishelle Woodruff told officers she was not aware that her husband, a truck driver, even owned a gun, so investigators will be looking at ownership of the weapon.

"`Right now we don’t have answers to the whys,` Nelson said. `They took those answers with them.`"


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Woman Sets Boyfriend On Fire Before Killing Herself

"MORGANTOWN, NC — Burke County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fire call at 2898 McNeely Drive near Morganton around 8 a.m. on Monday, according to a press release from Sheriff Steve Whisenant.

"Deputies found Karen Mehzahdeh, 61, dead in the basement of the home she shared with 75-year-old Darrell Hubert Powell, who had suffered serious second- and third-degree burns and was sent to Grace Hospital. He was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem where he later died from his injuries.

"Further investigation showed Mehzahdeh had set a fire `under the couch where Mr. Powell was sleeping.`

"Mehzahdeh died from a self-inflicted injury shortly after apparently setting the fire.

"The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office were on the scene assisting with the investigation. They determined the fire originated in the living room.

"Investigators learned that Powell and Mehzahdeh had been in a relationship for several years and lived together at the home."

From The News Herald...

Killer Found Dead In Car

"DEKALB, IL — On Sep. 7, DeKalb City Police officers were called to 1360 Omega Circle in reference to a death investigation. Morgan Chaney, 26, had been shot and killed. She was found by relatives.

"Chaney's vehicle and cell phone were missing and believed to have been stolen from her home. DeKalb County deputies found her vehicle almost two hours after the shooting at 5815 Miller Rd. in rural Shabbona. Inside, they found 31 year-old Andre Gomez. He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Firearms evidence recovered from Chaney's residence is consistent with the firearm recovered in the vehicle with Gomez.

"Investigators say the two were in a prior dating relationship. The case is still under investigation."


Uncle Opens Fire On Nephew, Friend Before Shooting Himself

"SELMA, AL — According to Selma Police, a 68-year-old man shot his nephew and his nephew's 28-year-old friend on Sunday afternoon. The shooter, Bernard Eudon Steward, then shot himself. Both Steward and his nephew, identified by family members as James `Britt` Steward, died from the gunshot wounds.

"The incident happened around 2:00 p.m. in the 2300 block of Landline Road, within the Selma Police jurisdiction.

"When officers arrived at the scene, they found the 28-year-old friend, not identified at this time, shot in the abdomen screaming for help in the rear of a residence. Officers were directed to a covered shed area where they found Steward and his nephew, fatally wounded from gun shot wounds.

"The 28-year-old friend received first-aid, was transported first to the Vaughan ER in Selma, then to a local hospital in Montgomery for emergency surgery where he is in stable condition.

"A preliminary investigation has determined that Steward came to the residence of his nephew, where the nephew and his friend were outside under a covered shed area, and opened fire on the nephew first and then his friend.

"The friend was able to flee after being shot. Mr. Stewart then went back under the covered shed and shot his nephew several more times before turning the weapon on himself.

"A 9mm handgun was found on the scene and a smaller caliber weapon. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing."


Father & Daughter Pronounced Dead At Scene

"NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV — North Las Vegas police are investigating after they said a father murdered his daughter and then killed himself Sunday morning.

"It happened around 5:20 a.m. on the 4100 block of Hollis Street near Craig Road and Commerce Street.

"Dispatch received a report of shots fired in the home.

"When police arrived, they found 53-year-old Gregory Landis and 25-year-old Amanda Landis inside their home suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

"Investigators said the murder-suicide stemmed from a heated argument. The father reportedly grabbed a gun and shot his daughter, then turned the gun on himself.

"Two other family members were in the house during the incident, but neither suffered any injuries.

"`We both went into shock because they were the nicest people we have ever met. They've been our friends for over five years,` said one neighbor."


Shooting Suspect Found Dead After SWAT Standoff

"SPRING HILL, FL — A Spring Hill man who barricaded himself inside his Siam Drive home Tuesday after shooting a neighbor multiple times has been found dead.

"Sheriff Al Nienhuis said around 3 p.m. the suspect, Thomas Brocato, was located on the second floor of his home by the SWAT team, and apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Nienhuis said Brocato, 58, had doused himself in gasoline before shooting himself.

"Law enforcement arrived at the intersection of Landover Boulevard and Siam Drive around 9:30 a.m.

"Brocato is believed to have shot his neighbor, Bill Stelling, at least two times at his 13071 Siam Dr. residence before retreating to his home at 13085 Siam Drive.

"Initial reports said Stelling was shot multiple times in the stomach. He was treated by first responders for gunshot wounds, and airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point around 9:55 a.m.

"Stelling’s condition was listed as `stable` late Tuesday afternoon, according to Public Information Officer Denise Moloney."

Read more at Hernando Today...

Monday, September 9, 2013

Killer Had Permit To Carry

"SALEM, OH — Two Mahoning County residents are dead following a murder/suicide outside the Walmart here early Sunday.

"According to the Salem Police Department, dead are Charles Kropinak, 36, of Campbell, and Sylvia Maillis, 37, of Canfield - who was a Walmart employee. It is believed Kropinak shot Maillis then turned the gun on himself.

"About 2:40 a.m. Sunday, police received a 911 call of shots being fired in the southeast parking lot of the store at 2875 E. State St. Upon arrival, officers found a dead man and woman.

"According to Talbert, Maillis and a few co-workers were in the employee parking lot, having just returned from a break at a nearby Taco Bell and Dunkin' Donuts.

"Some time later, a vehicle pulled in two spaces from them, and Kropinak exited his vehicle. Maillis also exited her vehicle and the pair began arguing, police said.

"The two were standing between the two vehicles when Kropinak took out a gun, shot Maillis multiple times then shot himself, police said. The weapon used was a Ruger 9-mm semi-automatic handgun.

"The gun was found near Kropinak who did have a concealed carry permit, according to police."


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Elderly Shooter Calls It In

"LONGMONT, CO — Longmont police said an elderly couple died in an apparent murder/suicide.

"According to police, Longmont Emergency Communications received a call just after 1 p.m. Thursday from an 80-year-old man who said he shot his 72-year-old wife and planned to shoot himself.

"When officers arrived at the couple's apartment in the 2400 block of 17th Avenue, they found a woman deceased in the apartment and the man wounded from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was rushed to Longmont United Hospital in critical condition but died late Friday.

"Police obtained a search warrant in order to search the apartment for additional clues about what happened and finally cleared the scene about 9 p.m. on Thursday. They said evidence indicates the shootings happened as the man described earlier on the phone..

"Several residents of the Victoria Inn Apartments were originally evacuated on Thursday but were allowed to return.

"The couple was identified Friday as Raymond and Judith Ecker."


"Horrific Scene" Found During Welfare Check

"BROOKSVILLE, FLHernando Oaks, a golf community about 5 miles south of Brooksville, is a neighborhood where many residents still feel safe behind unlocked doors.

"But on Thursday night, the neighborhood was the site of a `horrific` murder/suicide, according to Sheriff Al Nienhuis.

"The sheriff and forensics teams arrived 4419 Caliquen Drive around 11 a.m. on Friday, as a group of reporters and concerned residents gathered for a press conference.

"Nienhuis said the deceased suspect was Jamil Etayem, 28. Victims were identified as 23-year-old Roseanna Sanson, and her 9-month-old baby, Carter Sanson.

"The family moved into the Hernando Oaks rental home at the end of July from Ohio.

"On Thursday, dispatchers received a call from a concerned neighbor asking deputies to perform a welfare check. The neighbor said the couple had been arguing in the afternoon, and as night fell the caller noticed there was no movement and all the lights were off.

"`Unfortunately when we got here we found all three of the individuals, including the 9-month-old little boy, deceased,` Nienhuis said, adding deputies arrived at 10:14 p.m. Thursday night.

"Nienhuis said a knife or knives were used in the murders. The sheriff said it appeared Etayem killed his girlfriend and her baby, who has a different biological father, before then using the knife to kill himself.

"`It was a pretty horrific scene,` Nienhuis said. `It was shocking even to hardened law enforcement officers, and even our dispatchers are having a little bit of a difficult time with it. Fortunately, we don't see this very often.`

"Nienhuis said the garage door was open, and it appeared the car was in the process of being packed up."

From Hernando Today...

Teenager Escapes Dad's Shooting Rampage

"PHILADELPHIA, PA — A father and his 10-year-old son were killed and the boy's mother critically wounded early Friday in what police believe was a murder-suicide in the city's Juniata Park section.

"Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said it appeared that 48-year-old Jake Harkins Sr. shot his wife, Jessica, and son, Jake Jr., before turning a revolver on himself inside the rowhouse on the 3800 block of I Street. The revolver was found by his side, Small added.

"Although shot twice in the back of the head, the 41-year-old mother reportedly was able to speak to detectives at Temple University Hospital.

"Police said a 14-year-old daughter locked herself in her room and called police when a violent argument erupted between her parents. She was uninjured.

"Small told reporters at the scene that police were called to the home about 12:45 a.m. for a report of a man with a gun. When officers arrived, they heard gunfire and found the woman wounded on the second-floor landing, Small said."


Bodies Found During Welfare Check

"LAS VEGAS, NV — Two people killed in a murder/suicide last week have been identified.

"The Clark County Coroner said 28-year-old Megan Kathleen Lanza died from a gunshot wound to her head and chest. Her death was ruled a homicide.

"51-year-old Nicholas Frank Lanza died from a gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a suicide.

"The incident happened Wednesday evening on Thunder Spirit Street in the southwest part of Las Vegas.

"Las Vegas police were called to the home to conduct a welfare check after family members reported they were unable to contact the occupants.

"When officers were able to gain access, they found Megan and Frank dead inside.

"Police said they were married, but had been experiencing recent relationship problems and were currently separated."


Meeting May Have Been Deadly Ruse

"ROSEVILLE, MN — A Roseville man’s belief that his wife was having an affair with her co-worker may have been the reason he shot and killed the man and then himself outside her workplace, authorities said Friday.

"Roseville police responded to a report of a shooting with two men down at 4:15 p.m. Thursday near the loading dock area of CPI Card Group, a plastic card printer located at 1975 W. County Road B2, a few blocks from the Rosedale Shopping Center.

"Police say Cheng Vang, 44, and his wife, Yong Vang, 37, both from Roseville, traveled to the business, where she works, to meet with her co-worker Joseph Yang, 33, of Brooklyn Park. Once there, Cheng Vang shot Yang multiple times with a semi-automatic pistol before turning the pistol on himself, police said. Yong Vang, who witnessed the shootings, went to the aid of her husband before police arrived.

"The details of the meeting are under investigation, but authorities said in a news release they believe it was prearranged. Yang had a pen and paper documents when he was killed. Near Cheng Vang’s body, investigators found the pistol, which police determined he purchased legally in May.

"`Preliminary investigative interviews indicate Cheng Vang may have believed Joseph Yang and his wife may have been involved in an extramarital affair,` Lt. Lorne Rosand, spokesman for Roseville police, said in a release. Thursday’s `meeting may have only been a ruse to lure Yang to a familiar location. Police speculate that once at CPI Card Group, Vang may have requested Yang to sign documents as a distraction in order to murder him.`

"Autopsies determined that Cheng Vang died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and Yang from multiple gunshot wounds.

"Yong Vang was not injured during the shooting and has been cooperative with police. She is not believed to be an accomplice. The investigation is ongoing."


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Another Ex-Boyfriend With A Gun

"HICKORY FLAT, MS — Police are investigating a murder/suicide on McKay Road in Hickory Flat after officers found the victim and suspect early Thursday morning.

"Keria Bennett just moved to the area with her father and was opening the door last night when investigators believe she was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend. Investigators say he then turned the gun on himself.

"The feelings of Keria Bennett's family are described by her 4-year-old stepbrother Cameron.

"`I miss you, and I want you to come back,` he said.

"Bennett's ex-boyfriend Samuel Gipson died right next to her after investigators believe he shot Bennett in the chest before shooting himself in the head. The young woman's family sat heartbroken questioning a relationship they say had signs of trouble.

"`She tried to leave him before, and he would hold her down, and he wouldn't let her leave,` said cousin Kristian Cook.

"Cook stays across the street and ran barefoot across the gravel hill to care for her loved one.

"`I just held her in my arms, and she just twitched one last time ... And that was it, that was it, she was gone,` said Cook."


Dead Men Found In Street

"TUCSON, AZ — Two men, including a University of Arizona Cancer Center researcher, were fatally shot in front of a midtown home in a murder/suicide Tuesday night.

"Police responded to a shooting call in the 4500 block of East 28th Street, near South Columbus Boulevard and East 29th Street, around 7:30 p.m. and found the two men with gunshot wounds in the street in front of the home they shared, Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman said in a news release.

"Police determined the roommates began fighting in the home and 30-year-old Michael Kistner stabbed 32-year-old Jadrian Rusche with a kitchen knife multiple times, the release said.

"Kistner then grabbed a handgun and fired several shots at Rusche who ran out of the home and into the street.

"Kistner chased Rusche and continue to fire at him.

"Rusche was shot several times, the release said.

"Kistner then turned the gun on himself.

"Rusche began working as a researcher at the cancer center in May 2012 and had various research positions on campus beginning in March 2004, said Sara Hammond, a spokeswoman for the center.

"He was previously a student worker on campus starting in January 2000.

"No other information was immediately available."

From the Arizona Daily Star...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Roadside Incident Leaves Cop Dead, Homeless Couple Critical

"DRAPER, UT — A day before a Utah police officer was killed, a man suspected of the shooting was looking for money, showing off weapons and behaving strangely, the sister of another victim said.

"`He got out of the car and he was hyper, showing me a gun that has a laser and a machete and knives,` Vicki King said late Tuesday about Timothy Walker.

"Police believe Walker killed Draper police Sgt. Derek Johnson as he sat in his patrol car early Sunday after stopping to investigate a Volvo parked oddly along a road.

"Walker, 35, is also accused of shooting his girlfriend Traci Vaillancourt in the back before turning the gun on himself.

"Both remained in critical condition at Intermountain Medical Center as police waited to interview them about the shootings and a possible motive.

"King, who is Vaillancourt's sister, told KSL-TV that Walker was `bad news,` and had showed off the weapons on Saturday. Walker and Vaillancourt were homeless and needed money, but King said she only had $4.50 to offer. The couple had been living in motels for years and recently camped in the Volvo, she said.

"King described her 34-year-old sister as a one-time model with a rare blood disorder that disfigured her face and left her addicted to painkillers and dependent on Walker."


2 Dead, 1 Critical After Ex-Boyfriend Shows Up With Gun

"SALISBURY, MD — Authorities say a former boyfriend of a Salisbury University nursing student argued with her before shooting her and another man and fatally shooting himself.

"Police said Wednesday that 21-year-old Ryan Shallue of Stevensville traveled from Queen Anne's County to the off-campus home of his 20-year-old former girlfriend, Kristen Loetz. Police say the pair argued Tuesday evening. When a friend of the woman, 19-year-old Charles Abbott, tried to intervene, police say Shallue pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and opened fire.

"Abbott was killed, and Loetz was critically injured. Police say Shallue then fatally shot himself.

"Loetz is an honors student at Salisbury, and Abbott is a former student there. Loetz and Shallue graduated from Kent Island High School in 2010. Police say they had not been dating for several months."


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Robot Sees Dead People

"SEBRING, FL — Sheriff's deputies are investigating what is being listed as a murder/suicide for now.

"Identification of the victims is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

"Highlands County Communications Center received a 911 call Tuesday morning from a man stating he had killed his wife and was going to kill himself.

"Deputies arrived at 3407 Baxter Ave. in Sebring but couldn't get an answer at the door.

"The Highlands County Sheriff's Office sent its Crisis Negotiation Team and SWAT Team to attempt to contact the caller, but they also had no success.

"Deputies then got assistance from the State Fire Marshal's office and a bomb-disposal robot to enter the house. The robot's cameras recorded two people dead.

"Sheriff Susan Benton said her office would provide additional information once the family is notified and as the investigation proceeds.

"`These types of cases are difficult for our troops to investigate, given the limited information and the historical outcome of such types of cases,` Benton said.

"Many murder/suicide cases involve a chronic or severe health situation that has left people feeling like they have no control over their future, she said.

"`But we have to wait (in this case) for evidence to come in and the case to speak for itself,` Benton said."


Wife-Slasher Expected To Survive Suicide Attempt

"EASTVALE, CA — A murder/suicide attempt Monday in Eastvale left a woman dead and her husband severely injured, authorities said.

"The double stabbing occurred in the 6500 block of Wells Springs Street around 10:50 p.m. Monday, said Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa McConnell.

"A family member—the couple’s adult son, according to neighbors—came home and discovered the pair, then called 911.

"The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s department.

"The man’s injuries were so severe that he might also have died if the relative had not shown up when he did, McConnell said. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, according to the sheriff’s department.

"Their names were withheld pending notification of additional family members."


Kids Asleep During Driveway Shooting

"ARLINGTON, TX — Two people died in an apparent murder/suicide early Monday morning. The incident happened at about 5:15 a.m. at a home in the 6800 block of Biondi Trail in Arlington.

"Police arrived at the scene to find a man and a woman with gunshot wounds. The woman was taken to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and the man was transported to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth. Both of them were later pronounced dead at the hospitals. The names of those victims have not been released.

"Authorities did not search for a possible suspect, and later confirmed that the shooting was the result of a domestic disturbance. Homicide detectives are now trying to determine what may have led to the shooting. The two victims had reportedly been in a relationship for several years.

"The woman’s 15-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter were also inside of the home at the time of the shooting, but police said that those individuals were asleep at the time of the incident."


Barking Dog Complaint Leads Police To Gruesome Scene

"DENTON, TX — A couple was found shot to death Friday night in what police called a murder-suicide at a home on Locksley Lane, authorities said Sunday.

"Investigators say they believe the husband was the shooter. The identities of the victims had not been released as of Sundy afternoon.

"Police got the shooting call about 9 p.m. Friday in the 1800 block of Locksley Lane.

"Officers arrived to find a man with a gunshot wound lying on a driveway. A handgun was nearby, police said.

"A woman was found shot to death in a truck that was parked in the driveway, police said.

"Authorities determined that the woman was the wife of the man found dead in the driveway.

"According to police reports, officers had not responded to any major calls or domestic disturbances at the residence.

"A barking dog complaint had been the only call officers had made to the Locksley Lane home, Officer Ryan Grelle said in a telephone interview Sunday."

From the Star-Telegram...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Mother & Daughter Found Shot In Home

"SARASOTA, FL — A Sarasota woman and her daughter died today in what police describe as a murder-suicide.

"At about 9:45 a.m., police received a 911 call about a shooting in a home in the 4000 block of Old Bradenton Road in the Bayou Oaks neighborhood.

"Inside the small, peach-colored house, officers discovered Sarah Harnish, 35, shot to death.

"Paramedics airlifted the woman’s 17-month-old girl, Josephine Boice, to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

"The child’s father went for a scooter ride Sunday morning and, when he returned, heard gunshots and called 911, police said.

"Detectives believe the mother shot her daughter and then killed herself. They have not said what type of firearm she used."