Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"It's Pretty Dire"

"INDIANAPOLIS, IN — One person is dead and another is in critical condition after a suspected murder/suicide attempt on the Far Southside, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police said.

"The shooting happened about 3 p.m. in the 5800 block of South Madison Avenue, near the intersection with East Edgewood Avenue, IMPD spokesman Chris Wilburn said.

"One person was found dead at the scene with a suspected gunshot wound to the head, police said. A second person, a man, was found with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the face.

"He was transported to Eskenazi Hospital, were he was in critical condition.

"`It's pretty dire,` Wilburn said.

"The names of the victims are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family.

"Witnesses said that before they heard shots, they saw the person who was killed in a vehicle that circled a parking lot several times, police said.

"Detectives are gathering additional evidence and interviewing witnesses."

From indystar.com...

Bodies Found Days After Christmas Shooting

"NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — The Dorchester County Coroner announced on Tuesday that two people who were found dead Monday night in a Dorchester Manor Boulevard home was the result of a murder/suicide.

"Coroner Chris Nisbet identified the deceased as 32-year-old male Du Xuan Dao, and 27-year-old female Thuy Mong Doan.

"The coroner says they both died of single gunshot wounds to the head on Christmas Day.

"Investigators believe Dao killed Doan and then shot himself.

"According to deputies with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, the two bodies were discovered after authorities were contacted to complete a welfare check around 6 p.m. Monday.

"When deputies arrived at the home, which is located in the 300 block of Dorchester Manor Boulevard, the two people were found deceased around 6 p.m."

From live5news.com...

Relatives Find Bodies Of Four In Home

"FONTANA, CA — Relatives discovered the bodies of four family members, including two children with multiple gunshot wounds, inside a Fontana, Calif. home after what appears to be a murder/suicide.

"Police obtained a search warrant overnight and are continuing the investigation Tuesday morning at the home in the 7300 block of Palmetto Avenue. Authorities received a call from a 16-year-old boy who said his family members had been injured or possibly killed in the house, according to Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof.

"`We located four bodies, two children, a female about 12 years old, a male about 10 years old, a female victim adult 35 to 40 (years old) and a male about the same age,` Imhof said. `It appears as though they all lived there.`

"The victims were identified as 38 year-old Ramon Miranda, 34 year-old Silvia Miranda, 10 year-old Rayna Miranda, and 12 year-old Ramon Miranda Jr., according to the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office.

"Family members at the scene said the four bodies were that of a family, including a father, mother and two children. Police said more than one weapon was found inside the home.

"Silvia, Rayna and Ramon Jr. suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to police. The man, Ramon Miranda, suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.

"Police have not confirmed that the case is a murder/suicide."

Read more at nbclosangeles.com...

Monday, December 30, 2013

Kids Find Parents Dead

"DUNNELLON, FL — A Marion County school teacher and her estranged husband are dead in an apparent murder/suicide, leaving three children behind.

"Deputies spent the day Monday investigating inside the home in the remote Marion County area of Rainbow Lakes Estates.

"Sunday morning the three children of Latalia Robinson, 32, and Dean Hamilton, 33, discovered their father was missing. The couple were going through a divorce and the kids were staying with their dad for the weekend at his friend’s house.

"When that friend couldn’t reach either Hamilton or Robinson, he drove the children to their Water Oak Avenue home, where they found their parents dead in a bedroom. A pistol was nearby.

"`There was no forced entry inside the house, so we believe it’s an act of domestic violence between the two of them,` Marion County Sheriff's Captain James Pogue said. `Right now our special investigations unit is working to determine the steps leading up to this and exactly what happened.`

"Robinson was a biology teacher at West Port High School near Ocala. Court records show two days before Christmas, Robinson got a court order barring Hamilton from visting the school or her home.

"The children spent Monday with counselors, trying to help them cope with the tragedy."

From mynews13.com...

Manhunt Ends In Killer's Suicide

"RENO, NV — The manhunt for a Carson City murder suspect has apparently ended in suicide.

"Police say 22-year-old Dylan Brentlinger fatally shot himself when he was confronted by officers at a Reno park Monday afternoon.

"Brentlinger was wanted in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend and killing of her father at a Carson City home on the 2800 block of Carmine Street on Saturday.

"Reno Police Lt. William Rulla told the Reno Gazette-Journal Brentlinger's father alerted police Monday that his son had been staying at his Reno home.

"Officers spotted him at Manzanita Park about 1 p.m. and spent about four minutes trying to talk him into surrendering before he turned his gun on himself.

"The victims' names have not been released. The 19-year-old woman remains at Renown Regional Medical Center but authorities say she is expected to survive."

From sfgate.com...

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bodies, Gun Found On Cul De Sac

"SIMI VALLEY, CA — Simi Valley police said two people were fatally shot Saturday in an apparent murder/suicide.

"Police were called to the scene about 1:30 p.m. at a home in the 2400 block of East Woodrow Avenue, Cmdr. David Livingstone said.

"Once at the cul de sac, police found a woman dead and a man seriously injured. The man later died at a hospital, police said.

"The gun that was apparently used was found at the scene, police said.

"All indications were that it was a murder/suicide, Livingstone said.

"Police said there were four children, who were with neighbors Saturday afternoon after the incident.

"Police did not confirm whether the dead people were occupants of the home, and their identities were not revealed."

From vcstar.com...

Couple Pronounced Dead At Scene

"GARDEN GROVE, CA — The bodies of a married couple were found in a Garden Grove home following an apparent murder-suicide Thursday.

"Police responded to the 15000 block of Sail Street around 4 a.m. regarding a `911 hang up call.`

"A relative of the couple then called the police department's business line saying his relative may have shot his wife and then himself.

"Responding officers found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

"Investigators say a 51-year-old man shot and killed his 39-year-old wife, and then turned the gun on himself. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Family members told police that the couple was having marital problems and considering a divorce.

"The couple had two children, ages 4 and 17. It remains unclear if the children were home at the time of the shooting."

From KABC...

Bodies Found In Burning Mobile Home

"WILLOW SPRINGS, MO — A husband and wife are dead in an apparent murder/suicide, according to the Howell County Sheriff's Department.

"Firefighters called to scene to battle multiple structure and vehicle fires told Howell County deputies they had located two bodies in a mobile home at the scene, 75 County Road 1130 in Willow Springs.

"Star Arnett was found dead on the floor in the mobile home with blunt force trauma to the head, according to a report from the Sheriff's Department.

"Her husband, Dwayne Arnett was found in the residence with a fatal gunshot wound.

"The fire chief of Willow Springs Fire Department said that several outbuildings had been set on fire, along with two vehicles. It also appeared someone had tried to torch the mobile home, he said.

"The Howell Co. Sheriff's Dept. is not releasing any more information at this time."

From ozarksfirst.com...

Deadly December Crash Was Botched Suicide Bid

"LEBANON, NH — A former Fortune 500 executive was arraigned Friday on second-degree murder charges in a crash that killed a young Vermont couple expecting their first child in January.

"Robert Dellinger, 53, of Sunapee, told police he was depressed and trying to kill himself on Dec. 7 when he drove his pickup across an Interstate 89 median and into an oncoming car. Police say the truck became airborne and sheared off the top of the couple's car, killing them instantly. The unborn child also did not survive.

"He was arraigned on two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 29-year-old Jason Timmons and 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, who was eight-months pregnant.

"Dellinger sustained cuts on his head and face and was at first charged with two counts of reckless manslaughter. According to prosecutors, Dellinger told troopers after the crash that he had argued with his wife over medication he was taking for depression and was driving around when he decided to commit suicide."

From seacoastonline.com...

Four Dead In Shotgun Rampage

"HOUMA, LA — Police believe Houma resident Ben Freeman began his Thursday shooting spree by strangling his wife at their home [on Louis Drive]in Houma.

"Autopsy results indicated Denise Taylor Freeman of Houma died from asphyxiation and drowning. Her body was found in a bathtub inside the home late Thursday night. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said evidence points to Freeman as the killer and they believe Denise was his first victim.

"After killing his current wife, police believe Freeman then went to the Lockport home of Lafourche Parish Councilman Phillip Gouaux. Freeman was divorced from Gouaux's daughter Jeanne, who was not at the home.

"Once inside, police believe the shotgun-wielding gunman shot Phillip Gouaux in the throat, killed Gouaux's wife and shot his other daughter Andrea.

"The councilman was able to make the initial 911 call before he was rushed with Andrea to University Hospital in New Orleans. They are listed in critical, but stable condition.

"Immediately after, Freeman drove some 15 miles north to Raceland and the home of Bourgeois on the 2900 block of La. 308. Bourgeois was the CEO of St. Anne General Hospital since 1988 where Freeman worked as a registered nurse before being terminated in 2011, according to Webre.

"Inside the Bourgeois residence, police said Freeman killed Bourgeois with a close range shotgun blast. Bourgeois's wife Ann was also shot in the leg and is listed in stable condition.

"Parked along U.S. 90 sometime before 10:20 p.m., Freeman shot himself in the head with the same shotgun used in the slayings, police said.

"Court records illustrated a fractured relationship between Freeman and his ex-wife that she feared would turn violent."

From wwltv.com...

Friday, December 27, 2013

"Something Must Have Set Him Off"

"KAILUA, HI — A 36-year-old Kailua man allegedly attempted to take his 2-year-old daughter's life and his own late Christmas afternoon by jumping into his backyard pool.

"Police said the incident occurred between 5 and 5:15 p.m., leaving the man in critical condition. He is suspected of second-degree attempted murder and remained at an area hospital Thursday.

"The girl also survived but her condition was unknown.

"`The baby was OK,` said Ernest Burlen, 79, a neighbor. `EMS took her to the hospital with the father. He wasn't looking too good.`

"Burlen said the father, Thomas Morton, had his daughter on weekends and holidays and seemed to be a good father and a good uncle to his twin brother's three children, who lived in the downstairs portion of their two-story house at 1288 Kina St.

"At the time, Morton's brother and his wife had gone to the airport to drop off their children, who were going to catch a neighbor island flight to visit grandparents.

"Another neighbor, who lives on the adjacent hillside, said she heard loud moans before the incident.

"`It sounded like someone in a lot of pain,` said the woman, 59, who asked not to be named. `I couldn't see anybody. It went on for some time. It sounded like this person was in agony.`

"She then saw the next-door couple scale the fence. The husband `fished the child out of the water and handed her to the wife,` she said.

"The husband jumped back into the water and tried to pull the man out of the deep end, she said.

"But he struggled to bring Morton to the surface, so the hillside neighbor's husband, 58, ran down to help and managed to pull Morton out of the water. He remained unconscious.

"Burlen said Morton was wearing denim trousers, and the child was fully dressed.

"`I know he loved the baby,` Burlen said. `Something must have set him off.`"

From the Star Advertiser...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

One Dead, One Hospitalized In Strip Mall Shooting

"LOGAN, OH — A woman was fatally shot yesterday by a gunman who then apparently tried to kill himself, police in the southeastern Ohio city of Logan said.

"Logan police responded to a shooting at 5:48 p.m. yesterday near the Goodwill Industries store at Hocking Mall, a strip-mall shopping center.

"`One of the victims is a 30-year-old female who was deceased at the time officers arrived,` Logan police said in a written statement. `The other victim is a 30-year-old male who was taken to Hocking Valley Hospital via Hocking EMS.

"`Preliminary information indicates this shooting was initiated by the male who had shot the female and then turned the weapon on himself.`

"The woman was shot at least three times at close range, according to Hocking County Coroner Dave Cummin. The man was shot in the head.

"The shooting took place in front of another adult. Two children, ages 3 and 1, were also at the scene, Cummin said.

"The names of the victims were being withheld until next of kin are notified."

Source: Columbus Dispatch...

Two Dead, One Hurt In "Quiet" Apartment Complex

" PINE HILL, FL — Orange County deputies said they are investigating a Christmas Day fatal shooting in a Pine Hills apartment complex.

"The shooting happened around 5:15 p.m. at an apartment complex on Royal Lake Circle off West Colonial Drive.

"A man who one of the female residents knew showed up outside an apartment armed with a gun, officers said.

"`He was at the front door, knocked on it, and then fired some rounds through that front door. When the door did not open, he went over to the window at the side of the apartment, fired some more rounds into that window, broke that window and ended up burglarizing that residence,` said Lt. Paul Hopkins of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

"Once inside, deputies said the man in his 30s shot two men inside the apartment.

"One man died and the other was taken to the hospital.

"But deputies said the shooter was not yet finished.

"`It appears after he shot those two that he took his own life inside the apartment`, said Hopkins.

"John Holladay has lived in the development for four years, and he said his complex is usually quiet.

"`On Christmas Day, it's sad really. You know, just sad,` said Holladay.

"The names of those involved were not released."

From wftv.com...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Bodies Found In Garage On Christmas Day

"SAN LORENZO, CA — A man shot and killed his wife in San Lorenzo before turning the gun on himself early Christmas Day, authorities said.

"The shooting happened at a home on Via Amigos about 1:45 a.m., according to the Alameda County sheriff's office.

"Deputies found the victims in the garage, authorities said. Children were present at the home, authorities said.

"`They found a woman who had multiple gunshot wounds and a male who had a single gunshot wound,` said sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson. `At this point, we believe it's a murder/suicide.`

"The victims weren't immediately identified by investigators. The gun was recovered, authorities said."

From sfgate.com...

Amber Alert Had Been Issued For Dead Man, Boy

"CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide in Cape Girardeau.

"About 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, someone flagged down officers in the 300 block of South Hanover Street to report two people had been found dead in a residence, Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Jason Selzer said in an email to local media.

"At the scene early Wednesday, Coroner John Clifton declined to release the names or hometowns of the victims—an adult male and a male juvenile—but said they were not from Cape Girardeau.

"Early Wednesday, the Jefferson City (Mo.) News-Tribune reported Jefferson City police had released a statement saying Demitrius Beasley, 40, of St. Louis and Markell Beasley, 6, of Jefferson City had been found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in Cape Girardeau.

"An Amber Alert had been issued for the pair Tuesday. By 2 a.m. Wednesday, the Amber Alert website indicated only that the alert had been canceled and Beasley and Markell had been located.

"The victims were found in a residence at 308 S. Hanover St., Selzer reported.

"He said police were investigating the case as a homicide but believed the suspect was one of the victims.

"Officers are `not looking for anybody at this time unless something in the investigation turns everything on its heels,` he said late Tuesday night. `Right now, we believe that the shooter's deceased.`"

Source: Southeast Missourian...

1 Dead, 1 In Intensive Care After Domestic Incident

"SAN ANTONIO, TX — Authorities on Tuesday were investigating a suspected murder/suicide attempt.

"Deputies were called to 9935 New Sulphur Springs Road, near Calaveras Lake, at about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday following reports that a man fatally shot his wife two times then tried to kill himself.

"The couple, who were not immediately identified, were described as married and in their mid-40s. The husband's condition was not immediately known, but officials said he was taken to the intensive care unit at San Antonio Military Medical Center.

"The couple's adult daughter and 2-year-old grandchild were at the residence when the shooting occurred, authorities said.

"`She did see the father with the gun pointed at himself,` said sheriff's office spokesman Paul Berry, explaining that deputies have previously responded to calls `of a domestic nature` at the home."

From mysanantonio.com...

Shots Fired When Argument Heats Up

"SAN ANTONIO, TX — San Antonio police are investigating an attempted murder suicide on the city's west side in the 600 block of north San Dario.

"The shooting happened around 11:30p.m. in the 600 block of N. San Dario.

"Investigators said a man and woman, who were estranged, were arguing when the situation spiraled out of control and shots were fired.

"The man was found dead in the street and the woman was found with a gunshot wound to the torso.

"The woman was taking to University Hospital in critical condition and had to undergo surgery.

"The couple had five children together who were not present during the shooting.

"The case remains under investigation."

From kens5.com...

Three Dead In Love Triangle Shooting

"MARIETTA, GA — Cobb County police are investigating a triple shooting inside an apartment.

"It happened at around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ivy Ridge Apartments off Bentley Road.

"Monday afternoon, police confirmed the shooting was a double murder/suicide. Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the shooter was 45-year-old Pericles Demoura. The other two victims were identified as 35-year-old Thelma Vinhal and 30-year-old Euclides Guinato-Bernardes.

"Investigators confirmed Demoura once dated Vinhal, and that Guinato-Bernardes was her new boyfriend.

"Pierce said the whole incident was contained within one apartment.

"`Everything was contained here inside the apartment. Initially there was speculation that people were missing from this immediate scene. That was not the case,` Pierce said.

"Neighbors said the victims are part of a close-knit Brazilian community in the area."

From 11alive.com...

Unknown Motive In Death Of Couple

"SHAWNEE, KS — Police are investigating a murder/suicide in Shawnee.

"Officers were called to the area near Goddard Drive and W. 72nd Terrace around 9:25 p.m. Sunday, where they found two people fatally shot inside a home.

"Authorities have identified the two as 57-year-old Deborah K. Clare and her husband 46-year-old Michael A. Clare.

"According to the Shawnee Police Department, a preliminary investigation reveals Michael first shot his wife and then later turned the gun on himself.

"A motive has not yet been determined."

From khsb.com...

Bitter Custody Battle Escalates Into "Holiday Death Plunge"

"NEW YORK, NY — A distraught dad threw himself and his 3-year-old son off the roof of a 52-story West Side skyscraper Sunday in a holiday death plunge that apparently stemmed from a custody battle, police said.

"The 35-year-old man, Dmitriy Kanarikov, died after jumping from the Lincoln Square tower at 12:05 p.m. The red-haired tot, Kirill, dressed in Christmas pajamas, died moments later at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, cops said.

"The shocking tragedy came just three months after Kanarikov, an immigrant from Ukraine, wrote on his Facebook page how he aspired to be an outstanding parent and spouse.

"`I want to be the best dad and husband—nothing is more important to me right now,` Kanarikov wrote.

"His estranged wife, Svetlana Bukharina, boasted on her Facebook page in March, `I have the best husband and son in the world.`

"But apparently their home life imploded in recent months.

"Kanarikov and Bukharina split, and the cherished time he had with Kirill was curbed by a custody fight.

"Their breakup was so fraught with anger that they had to meet in a public place—the NYPD’s 17th Precinct stationhouse—to drop off and pick up their son, a source said.

"Kanarikov picked up Kirill at 10 a.m. Sunday at the designated precinct and was to return him there at 1 p.m., the source said.

"Cops said the bodies landed on the roofs of two different buildings neighboring the South Park Tower at 124 W. 60th St., where Kanarikov tossed his son and jumped to his death.

"The father’s body was found on the roof of a low-rise building at 425 W. 59th St. while the son’s landed atop a four-story building at 445 W. 59th St., police said."

Read more at the New York Daily News...

Wife-Shooter Jumps Off Balcony

"VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Virginia Beach police say a husband and wife are dead after a domestic dispute on Sunday.

"Police said the husband, identified as 45-year-old Dennie Black, is the suspect in the case. His wife, 45-year-old Tammy Black, was identified as the victim in the investigation.

"The incident took place at the Chesapeake House condominiums in the 3500 block of Shore Drive. Officer Lonnie Cain with the Virginia Beach Police Department said officers arrived at the condo building around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Virginia Beach dispatchers initially [said] the incident was being investigated as a murder/suicide, but Cain said police initially responded to the building for a 911 call about a firearms violation. He said someone inside the building heard a shot fired.

"Neighbors and people who say they know the couple said the shooting happened on the sixth floor.

"`The officers found a deceased female inside of a residence, located in that apartment complex,` said Cain.

"Dennie Black's body was found outside of the building. Investigators said Dennie Black was a resident of the building.

"A man who said he owns several units in Chesapeake House said Dennie Black jumped off a balcony."

Read more at wavy.com...

Couple Found Dead In Trailer

"BLYTHE, CA — Blythe police wait for the Riverside County coroner at Burtons Trailer Park after finding a man and woman dead inside a trailer.

"Police got a call about a welfare check this morning after one of the individuals who live in the home didn't show up at work. Police went to the home and didn't get an answer at the door. In the meantime, a family member opened the door, called police, and when the officers went inside they found the two bodies.

"Early police reports say it may be a possible murder/suicide.

"Riverside County Coroners Office identified the couple as Maria Gomez, 60, and Ismael Gomez, 61, both of Blythe.

"Police did not release any information about the cause or manner of death of either person. Officers did say there does not appear to be anyone outside of the home involved."

Source: Palo Verde Valley Times...

Shooter Kills Brother, Botches Suicide Bid

"COWETA, OK — The Wagoner County Sheriffs Office is investigating an apparent murder/suicide attempt after finding one man dead of gunshot wounds, Maj. Gary Handley said.

"Jeremiah Roberts was found deceased Saturday in a residence in the 25000 block of East 121st Street South, Handley said. Roberts' brother, Randall Grigg Jr., was also found with gunshot wounds, but was still alive.

"Handley said it appears Roberts and Grigg had gotten in an argument while drinking, and that Grigg had killed Roberts, then turned the gun on himself. Grigg is in a Tulsa hospital in critical condition, Handley said.

"Grigg's wife and nine children, ages 1-14 years old, were in the residence at the time of the shooting, Handley said.

"`I think it's a tragedy this has occurred, especially during the holiday season,` sheriff Bob Colbert said in a statement. `My heart goes out to these poor children in the home that unfortunately had to witness this event.`"

From Tulsa World...

"No Sign Of Trouble" In Dead Couple's Home

"LAYTON, UT — A Layton couple is dead in what police are calling a murder/suicide.

"Police say the husband and wife died from gunshot wounds, and it was their 20-year-old daughter, home for the holidays, who found them and called 911.

"Officers were called to Bret and Jill Pepper's home, 580 N. Franklin Road, at approximately 1:35 a.m. on Sunday, Layton police officer Curtis Salvensen said. Their daughter told dispatchers the couple had been fighting.

"`During the course of the argument she heard several loud noises that she described as gunshots,` Salvensen said.

"Investigators believe it was Bret Pepper who shot his wife, and then himself. He died at the scene, police said. Jill Pepper was transported to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries.

"Both Bret and Jill Pepper were in their late 30s. Salvensen said the couple's 10- and 13-year-old sons were also in the home at the time of the shooting and were staying with relatives Sunday evening.

"`At this time it doesn't appear that any of the other family members knew what was going on or witnessed the incident,` Salvensen said.

"The couple's neighbors said there was no sign of trouble in the Pepper home, and many were shocked to learn the news of their deaths Sunday.

"Salvensen said police hadn't been called to the home before, and investigators were trying to determine what led to the argument and subsequent deaths."

From ksl.com...

Cat Fight Leaves One Dead, One Wounded

"WESTERVILLE, OH — One woman was killed and another was wounded this afternoon on the Northeast Side, police said.

"Columbus police found two women shot at 5443 Turtle Station Way after being called to the area at 2:22 p.m. on a report of a woman with a gun. One of the women, a 50-year-old whose name has not been released, shot the other woman, who is 54, in the shoulder before shooting herself, police said.

"Both women were taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where the woman accused of shooting the other died. Police did not release the names of either woman because investigators had not found any family members.

"The condition of the woman who was wounded was not immediately available. Police did not say what led to the shooting and are still investigating."

Source: Columbus Dispatch...

Cops Won't Finger Shooter

"HOUSTON, TX — Investigators were at a north Houston apartment complex Saturday, gathering information on a deadly shooting. Police believe the man and woman involved may have been in a relationship.

"Police got a call Saturday morning, saying that two people had shot each other in an upstairs apartment.

"Officers arrived at Building 9 of the Park de Ville Apartments on Greens Road a little after 10:30am. Inside the upstairs apartment, they found a man and a woman dead, both with gunshot wounds.

"Homicide detectives said it appears to have been a murder/suicide, but they wouldn't specify who shot whom.

"Neighbors said the couple lived together with two children, and the man would openly carry a gun at times.

"`He would carry it once in a while, and one time he actually showed it to me,` neighbor Jose Garza said.

"According to police, the children's grandmother was in the apartment with the kids. She heard one gunshot and then another inside the apartment, then called 911.

"The man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Neighbors said they'd seen some suspicious activity in the apartment complex in recent weeks, including a carjacking at gunpoint. But the shooting, they say, hits too close to home."

From KTRK-TV...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Woman Shoots Herself In Yard As Deputies Arrive

"NORTHPORT, AL — A woman shot her adult stepson several times Friday before taking her own life, investigators said.

"Kathy White, 64, shot Michael Dale White, 43, at a mobile home on Koffman Loop around 11:30 p.m., said Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander Sgt. Dale Phillips.

"Michael White was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Kathy White died at DCH Friday afternoon.

"Kathy White shot Michael White at the mobile home that she owns before returning to her house about 100 yards away, he said.

"Tuscaloosa County sheriff's deputies responding to several 911 calls arrived just as she shot herself while in the front yard.

"Dozens of law enforcement agents and emergency medical workers responded to the dirt road off Alabama Highway 171."

From tuscaloosanews.com...

Woman Beaten, Husband And Child Found Dead In Woods

"ROSWELL, GA — The bodies of a missing 4-year-old boy and his father were found in a wooded area in Roswell, behind the Aspen Point Apartments off Old Holcomb Bridge Road Friday.

"`The scene was characterized as there was a grave,` said Roswell police Chief Rusty Grant. `I'm not sure it was a shallow grave or to what extent the child was in a grave.`

"Thursday afternoon, police responded to the 200 block of 260 Old Holcomb Bridge Way.

"Inside an apartment, police found Sandra Rivera Ruiz alive but unresponsive.

"`We believe she may have been strangled and also had facial injuries,` said Grant.

"Ruiz was taken to North Fulton Hospital in serious condition.

"Police then discovered her 4-year-old son, Jesus Dominguez, was missing.

"He was believed to be with his father, Carlos Alberto Dominguez. Police said Carlos Dominguez was the suspect in this case.

"`We realized after further investigation that the child could be in danger,` Grant said.

"The bodies of the child and man have not been positively identified as Jesus and Carlos Dominguez, however, police said they appear to be them.

"The bodies were found about a half-mile away from the home where the child was taken, in a wooded area.

"Roswell police believe Carlos Dominguez killed himself after he killed his own child.

"Investigators are waiting for Ruiz's condition to improve so they can talk to her."

From CBS Atlanta...

Victim, Perp Stabbed To Death

"WATERBURY, CT — Police are working to confirm the identities of a man and woman who were found dead after a murder/suicide in Waterbury.

"Police responded to the home at 258 Cooke St. around 3 p.m. after a friend of the 23-year-old female resident called police because the woman didn't show up for work and she couldn't get in touch with her.

"When officers arrived, they forced entry into the apartment where they discovered the bodies of the 23-year-old female and her 36-year-old boyfriend in the upstairs bedroom.

"Police said both appeared to have died from stab wounds to their necks.

"After autopsies were performed, the medical examiner ruled the incident a murder/suicide.

"Police said the investigation determined that the man stabbed the woman in the neck, and then stabbed himself in the neck.

"At this time, what led up to the incident remains under investigation.

"The victims have been tentatively identified, but their identities have not yet been released."

From WTNH.com...

Gawkers Descend On Scene Of Murder/Suicide

"HENDERSON, NC — A 28-year-old Henderson woman died late Thursday after being shot inside a Vance County BP station by a man who subsequently turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

"According to authorities, Brooke Patrice Lewis entered the store, which is about a mile south of Henderson on N.C. Highway 39 South, at about 8 p.m. seeking refuge from Shawn O'Brian Henry, 31.

"Henry, also of Henderson, followed Lewis inside and shot her before shooting himself, investigators said.

"The manager of the South Vance Food Mart told WRAL News that the pair had been arguing outside the store prior to the shooting. Following the shooting, a crowd gathered at the store.

"Some were crying, some were screaming and some circled to pray outside the store.

"Authorities did not release more details about the incident."

From WRAL...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Three Bullets, Two Dead

"BERLIN, PA — State police say the shooting deaths of a man and his wife in a western Pennsylvania home have been ruled a murder/suicide.

"Police in Somerset County said the bodies of 59-year-old Karen Harkcom and 57-year-old Michael Harkcom were found Monday in their Stonycreek Township home.

"Police said Tuesday that the investigation had revealed that the man shot his wife twice in the upper chest with a handgun and then shot himself in the head.

"Officers were called to the home to check on their welfare."

From SFGate...

Police Decline To Speculate On Attempted Double Murder/Suicide

"MEMPHIS, TN — The Memphis Police Department released new details Thursday in what appears to be a murder-suicide that left two dead and one critically injured in a Binghamton apartment complex the day before.

"After a day of silence from the department about the circumstances of the bloody encounter, the murder/suicide investigation appears to confirm the speculations of neighbors and onlookers who watched as police secured the crime scene after the shootings.

"When officers reached the scene at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, a 51-year-old woman was already lying on the walkway outside the second-floor apartment suffering from a gunshot wound.

"Inside they found a 24-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man shot dead. A 6-month-old baby who appeared to be unharmed was lying next to the dead man. The infant was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital as a precaution.

"There were also two other children inside the apartment, ages 4 and 3. Both were unharmed, police said, and they have since been released into the care of a family member.

"The injured woman remained in critical condition at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis late Thursday.

"Police have not released the names of any of the victims, and did not specify which of the adults they suspect did the shooting.

"The authorities have also declined to speculate on motives behind the shootings."

Source: The Commercial Appeal...

Botched Murder/Suicide Sends Two Men To Hospital

"WICHITA, KS — Two people have been hospitalized after a shooting at a gift store on Douglas near East High School on Thursday afternoon, police said.

"The shooting was reported at 2:15 p.m. at the Flying Pig Gift Boutique at Douglas and Green, authorities said.

"Capt. Hassan Ramzah gave this account of the incident:

"A man went into the Flying Pig carrying a shotgun and asking whether a particular person was in the store. He approached two women, asking about the person, and they exited through a back door. At least one customer was in the store.

"The gunman, in his 30s, allegedly shot a man in his 40s in the legs. He then shot himself in the head.

"Both men were taken to Wesley Medical Center. The suspect was in critical condition, and the victim was in serious condition, Ramzah said.

"Ramzah described the situation as possible domestic violence, in which the gunman was possibly an ex-boyfriend of a woman and the victim was the current boyfriend of the woman.

"Police were not looking for any other suspects in connection with the shooting."

From kansas.com...

Machete Killer Found Hanging In Tree

"HARRISBURG, OR — Police discovered the body of a missing Eugene woman Tuesday who was apparently the victim in a gruesome murder-suicide, deputies said.

"Family members of 34-year-old Jacqueline Marroquin (pictured above) reported her missing at 9 p.m. Monday to Eugene Police.

"Deputies learned Marroquin was possibly driving with her long-termboyfriend, 51-year-old Rolando De Paz, near Harrisburg, according to Linn County Undersheriff Bruce Riley.

"On Tuesday, a resident reported finding the couple's vehicle in the 30000 block of Tosta Road in rural Harrisburg. Responding deputies found evidence of foul play inside the car, including blood and a machete, Riley said.

"After searching the area, detectives found Marroquin dead in a brushy area 50 yards from the car. Detectives then scoured the area by air and spotted De Paz’s dead body hanging from a tree.

"An investigation revealed Marroquin died from injuries sustained from the machete.

"Marroquin and De Paz were reportedly going through a separation after spending several years in a relationship together."

From kgw.com...

Man Finds Bodies Of Wife, Stranger

"MARIETTA, GA — A 26-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were found shot to death inside the woman’s Cobb County home Wednesday evening.

"And police have ruled it a murder/suicide, though they have yet to confirm the relationship between the two. Investigators said it was the woman’s husband who found the bodies and called 911.

"The call came in around 5:30 p.m. regarding the bodies found inside the home at 3760 Post Oak Tritt Road in Marietta, according to Cobb County police.

"When they arrived, they found the two bodies. Mrs. Sherrie Newton, 43, had been shot multiple times, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

"Her alleged shooter, Mr. Bryan Bunch, of Marietta, was also found dead of what police said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The husband told police he did not know the man believed to have killed his wife.

"It’s unclear how the 26-year-old got inside the home, but said he apparently knew Mrs. Newton. Police have not yet released a motive for the shootings."

Source: examiner.com...

Nail Salon Shooter Found Dead In Parking Lot

"WEST NEW YORK, NJ — A man and woman who have three children were both killed last night, the woman shot in the West New York nail salon where she worked and the man found dead in a nearby municipal parking lot, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed.

"Investigators classified the deaths as a murder/suicide.

"The woman was shot in the head at Solo Nails, at Bergenline Avenue and 50th Street, around 5 p.m. and the man, who sources said had a history of domestic violence, was found dead a short time later in the parking lot off Bergenline between 51st and 52nd streets.

"The nail salon’s owner was also pistol-whipped during the attack, Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Gene Rubino said.

"Rubino said the man, 39, called the woman, 36, and arrived at the salon a few minutes later.

"Also in the store were the couple’s 17-year-old son, the owner and two customers, he said.

"The man may have scuffled with the woman and then fired two shots, hitting her in the head, said Rubino. The man then scuffled with the owner before pistol-whipping him and ran out of the store, he said.

"The man’s body was then found in the parking lot with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Rubino."

Read more at nj.com...

Housekeeper Sees Body, Police Find Another

"PORT VUE, PA — A 78-year-old man and his 52-year-old son were found dead inside a Port Vue Borough home Tuesday morning, according to Allegheny County Police Lt. Andrew Schurman.

"Schurman said the bodies of Richard P. Liposchok and his son were found around 9:15 a.m. inside their home on 1920 New York Avenue after a housekeeper called police.

"`A male laying inside the house, the housekeeper could see from outside,` Port Vue Police Chief Brian Myers said.

"Neighbors who live in the area told [reporters] that Liposchok’s son, Mickey, had special needs. The details surrounding the Liposhoks' deaths remain under investigation.

"`At this point in the investigation, we do not believe a third party is responsible for their deaths,` Schurman said."

From wxpi.com...

Father And Son Found Dead In Apartment

"ESSEX, VT —Police are investigating a murder/suicide involving a father and his teenage son.

"Police say the call came in just before 2 p.m. Wednesday. And within the hour, an Essex apartment on Carmichael Street was crawling with police.

"The incident was initially reported to police as a suicide, but when investigators went inside, the details grew even more grim with the discovery of a second body.

"`Responding officers found a middle-aged male and a teenage male deceased inside the apartment,` Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose said.

"Police have now identified the dead as Ludwig `Sonny` Schumacher, 49, and his son, Gunnar, 14. Investigators say Sonny killed his son, and then hanged himself. A friend discovered the bodies and called police.

"Sonny Schumacher was a former lieutenant colonel with the Vermont Air National Guard, a career that started in 1989. He was an F-16 pilot who rose through the ranks to become the director of operations for military support. He left the guard in 2011.

"Police say Sonny was going through a divorce and his son, Gunnar, was living with him at least part time. Gunnar was a student at Essex High School.

"`School officials have been informed of the incident and measures will be in place to respond to students and staff's needs tomorrow and in the days to come,` said Chief LaRose.

"Police estimate the murder-suicide likely happened more than 24 hours ago. But they're not saying what prompted the violence."

From WCAX...


01/25/2014 — Wife of shooter was held in psych hospital against her will...

No Known Motive In Medical Center Rampage

"RENO, NV — Police think a suicidal gunman was on a mission of violence when he calmly entered a third-floor urology office and opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, killing one doctor, critically wounding another and shooting a third victim after warning patients and their children in a waiting area to `get out.`

"A witness who was among those the shooter passed in the waiting room told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the man believed to be from Northern California could have killed many more people at the Reno medical complex if that was his intent.

"Detectives have not been able to establish a motive or any relationship the man may have had with the two doctors and the relative of a patient who were shot Tuesday before the gunman killed himself.

"`While we piece this thing together, we are trying to figure out what that relationship is, if there is a relationship at all,` Reno Deputy Police Chief Mac Venzo said.

"`But the fact the shooter went through the first and second floor, made his way to the third floor of the building, would indicate to me it is not a random event,` he told reporters at police headquarters.

"Police were withholding the name of the killer because they said they still have not been able to reach his next of kin."

Read more at Fox News...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sheriff: "`Tis The Season"

"MERCED, CA — A Merced man shot his estranged wife Monday afternoon and then turned the gun on himself, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department reported.

"Steve Mackey, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene inside his home at 2844 Village Drive in the Beachwood area in northwest Merced, outside the city limit. Nancy Mackey, also 55, was shot multiple times and hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.

"Sheriff Mark Pazin said detectives believe Nancy Mackey was shot as many as three times.

"An update on Nancy Mackey’s condition was not available Monday evening.

"Pazin called the shooting an `apparent suicide.`

"Teary-eyed family members gathered in small groups outside the taped-off home. Neighbors in the quiet, Christmas-decorated residential neighborhood declined to comment.

"The Sheriff’s Department received a series of 911 calls and reports of multiple shots fired about 1 p.m.

"`There was some type of verbal altercation and he (Mackey) pulled a handgun and multiple shots were fired,` Pazin said.

"The pair’s adult daughter tried to intervene in the argument before the shooting started. She was not injured, the sheriff said.

"It was not clear what they were arguing about. `Unfortunately, it is that time of the season and there are lots of emotions and passion associated with this time of the year,` Pazin said, `and it probably doesn’t take much to get those emotions going.`

"Deputies said Nancy Mackey was no longer living with Steve Mackey. It was not clear why Nancy Mackey and her daughter went to the home Monday.

"`We’re trying to piece all that together,` Pazin said.

"The sheriff said a firearm was recovered at the scene, but declined to release any further details about the weapon. Pazin also declined to say where Steve Mackey was shot."

Read more at The Modesto Bee...

Monday, December 16, 2013

One Dead, One Injured In High School Shooting Rampage

"DENVER, CO — The 18-year-old Colorado gunman who stormed his suburban Denver high school and shot and critically wounded a classmate last week before committing suicide died of a shotgun blast to the head, the county coroner said on Monday.

"An autopsy conducted on the body of Karl Halverson Pierson revealed he died of `a severe head injury,` the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office said in a statement that classified the death as a suicide.

"The 17-year-old victim of the shooting spree, Claire Davis, is in a coma and is listed in critical but stable condition, her family said in a statement issued through the hospital where she is being treated.

"Armed with a pump-action shotgun, a machete and three Molotov cocktails, Pierson entered Arapahoe High School in Centennial on Friday, firing the weapon and igniting one of the explosive devices.

"The rampage took place just 8 miles from the scene of one of the deadliest school massacres in U.S. history, Columbine High School, where two students gunned down 13 classmates and staff before killing themselves in 1999.

"Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Pierson had been upset with a teacher identified as the school's debate coach and librarian, Tracy Murphy, who had disciplined Pierson, a member of the debate team, earlier in the school year.

"Pierson shot Davis in the face at point-blank range outside the library, then shot himself as an armed deputy cornered him in the library, Robinson said."

Source: Chicago Tribune...

"They Just Seemed Like A Normal Family"

"CAPE CORAL, FL — The Cape Coral Police Department has identified the victim from Saturday night's shooting as 49-year-old Sally A. Young.

"Young was pronounced dead on scene after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds.

"The victim's husband, 49-year-old Michael G. Young, was transported from the scene on 2918 SW 1st Place with a critical injury from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He remains at Lee Memorial Hospital.

"The couple's child, a 9-year-old boy, was unharmed and is in the care of family members.

"`They just seemed like a normal family. Son was outside playing and dad would go boating on the weekends. Nothing seemed strange,` said Jennifer Lambert, a neighbor.

"A husband allegedly murdered his wife, after the two got into an argument."

From winknews.com...

Kids Home During Fatal Shooting

"INDIANAPOLIS, IN — A couple was found dead after an apparent murder/suicide inside a home on the city's east side early Monday, Indianapolis Metro Police Department dispatchers confirmed.

"The bodies were found in the 3100 block of North Gale Street just before 7 a.m. and both victims had been shot, police said.

"Detectives identified the victims as Thomas Emery, 27, and Tamika Jones-Fleming, 31. Emery apparently shot Jones-Fleming before turning the gun on himself, investigators said. According to police, the couple was not married and had been dating off-and-on for 10 years.

"Police said two children, an 11-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, were inside the home at the time of the shooting. The children told police they heard the couple arguing Sunday night. They said they heard `three booms` before they went to bed but didn't realize what had happened until they woke up Monday.

"The 11-year-old boy called 911 to notify police about the incident, detectives said.

"Police said the children were waiting to be taken into custody by a relative."

From theindychannel.com...

Fire And Water

"MARSHALL COUNTY, AL — Marshall County authorities released new information Sunday night into the deaths of an 8-year-old autistic boy and his mother.

"According to police, Randle Barrow, 8, was reported missing from his home Saturday after a house fire. Police found his body in the Tennessee River early Sunday morning. Authorities believe his mother, Delicia Barrow, 42, drowned him.

Delicia Barrow was found dead Saturday afternoon from an apparent suicide. Police found her after a welfare check to the home. Upon arrival, smoke was seen coming from inside the home. Barrow was transported to Huntsville Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"The search for Delicia Barrow's son began Saturday evening. Randle Barrow was reported absent from school the previous two days, which sparked concern and authorities were notified. A note was found inside the burning home which led police to a possible location of the missing 8-year-old.

"Randle Barrow's body was found along the shoreline in the Honeycomb area near Sunrise Marina. Police say at this point in the investigation, they believe the mother drove her son to the river and drowned him, then returned to her home where she committed suicide."

From waaytv.com...

Pair Found Dead On The Scene

"MAYWOOD, IL — A man fatally shot a woman and then turned the gun on himself Saturday afternoon at their Maywood home, authorities said.

"The two were identified as a 48-year-old man named Donya Davis, who died of a gunshot wound to the head and a 41-year-old woman named Sonya Davis, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

"Autopsies today ruled Donya Davis' death a suicide and Sonya Davis' death a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office.

"The two, who lived on 1634 South 18th Avenue, were pronounced dead at the scene at 1:49 p.m. Saturday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

"When officers responded to a call of suspicious activity at the home they were allowed inside by a 17-year-old relative of the victims who had called police, Maywood Police Chief Elijah Willis said.

"`Police see a female and a male unresponsive inside the house,` Willis said. `The victims were apparently bleeding from some parts of the body.`

"`Unfortunately both individuals were dead on the scene,` Willis said.

"Firefighters responded there about 1:30 p.m. for a shooting, said Maywood Fire Capt. Sonya Thompson.

"Willis declined to define the relationship of the two people.

"`The community is not at danger,` Willis said."

Source: Chicago Tribune...

Saturday, December 14, 2013

"Caring, Helpful Man" Kills Stepson, Self

"DALLAS, TX — Bridget Alexander said her husband beat her last month but was trying to make amends with her son early Friday.

"But the peacemaking effort ended in tragedy when Reginald Wayne Brewer, 49, shot his stepson, Charles Antonio Green, 22, and then killed himself.

"`My husband shot him and blew his brains out all over me,` Alexander said. `Then he turned to me and said he didn’t mean to do that.`

"Brewer and Green were talking and smoking cigars at their Red Bird area home just before 1 a.m., she said. Alexander said Brewer apologized, then pulled out a gun and shot Green in the head.

"Brewer sat down for a moment, put the gun down, grabbed his wallet and walked outside their home in the 400 block of Goldwood Drive. A few minutes later he returned, `grabbed the gun and shot himself in the chest,` she said.

"The apparent murder/suicide followed a few instances of domestic violence by Brewer and numerous personal and medical problems. But several longtime friends who knew Brewer said he was a caring, helpful man."

From dallasnews.com...

Man Dead, Estranged Wife On Life Support

"NETHER PROVIDENCE, PA — A 44-year-old man is dead and his estranged wife on life support after an apparent murder/suicide attempt early Friday morning in the 400 block of East Country Club Lane.

"`At 3:41 this morning we received a report of a double shooting and upon arrival we found two people shot and one deceased,` said Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain. `We are investigating it as a murder/suicide.`

"Splain said the 48-year-old woman was in `extremely critical condition` Friday afternoon at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Her estranged husband was pronounced dead at the scene.

"`It’s a long-standing domestic situation and he had been out of the house for some time,` Splain said. `He went back to the house last night, there was some type of altercation, and he shot her twice and then shot himself.`

"Police did not release the identity of the shooter or the victim."

Read more at delcotimes.com...

Slasher Kills Wife, Botches Suicide

"LITTLE ROCK, AR — Late Thursday Little Rock police said a man killed his wife with a knife, and then tried to take his own life.

"According to a LRPD report 43-year-old Jose Carlos Romero cut his wife's throat Thursday around 11 pm, then did the same to himself before running away from their home.

"Police know all of this because the couple's child made the 911 call after watching it unfold.

"Romero remains under medical care from a self-inflicted laceration to his throat.

"Crime scene investigators continued to work around his home on 6924 Grace Road Friday, where 39-year-old Rosa Castro Orellana was found dead.

"`I was very shocked because I had no clue. It makes me scared for my kids, and I don't know what's going to happen next,` said neighbor Anite Duke.

"Duke's grandparents lived on this street while she was growing up, and now she calls it home. She said she's met the suspect, Romero, before and their kids are friends.

"The murder took on an additional shock, when she learned it was one of those children that made the call for help.

"`It's very disturbing because it's very traumatic for the kids. I know that I wouldn't want my children to experience anything like that because it effects them the rest of their life,` Duke added."

From katv.com...

Evidence Indicates Wife Was Shooter

"SAN ANTONIO, TX — Police found a man and woman shot to death inside a home near Interstate 10 and Leon Springs.

"Officers responded to a reported disturbance in the 8600 block of Buckskin Drive, in far northwest Bexar County, around 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

"Upon arrival, police found 59-year-old Timothy Bagley and 48-year-old Cynthia Nemcik shot dead, according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.

"Investigators said Bagley suffered three gunshot wounds to the head, and Nemcik was only shot once in the head.

"The couple's daughter found them and called 9-1-1.

"`Although the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this incident to determine exactly what occurred, it appears to be a murder/suicide,` a spokesperson for the department wrote in a statement.

"A revolver, believed to be the murder weapon, was found inside the home."

From kens5.com...

Shooter Dead, Victim In Critical Condition

"HOUSTON, TX — Police said a woman was sent to the hospital in critical condition after her husband shot her in what appeared to be an attempted murder/suicide late Thursday.

"According to the Houston Police Department, the couple's kids, who are between the ages of 10 and 15 years old, were home at the time.

"Police said it was around 10:24 p.m. when they were called to the 6400 block of Leader Street in southwest Houston. They found 45-year-old Miguel Calderon dead in a back bedroom and 51-year-old Catalina Calderon wounded in the kitchen.

"Police said it wasn’t clear if the kids witnessed the shooting, but neither appeared to be physically injured.

"The weapon was recovered at the scene.

"Later Friday morning, police said Catalina remained in the hospital in serious condition.

"A police spokesman said all the evidence in the home suggested it was an attempted murder/suicide."

From khou.com...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Police Find Body Of Killer In Cemetery

"SHARPSVILLE, PA — The deaths of two South Pymatuning Township men on Monday were ruled a murder-suicide, according to Mercer County Deputy Coroner John Libonati.

"Libonati said a single gunshot to the back killed Michael Eugene DeLong, 53, of 1367 Buckeye Drive.

"The death of Sandy Joseph Hoffman, 50, of the same address, was ruled a suicide after police found his body in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hermitage, where his parents are buried. He apparantly shot himself in the chest, Libonati said.

"`Ruling on both is based on the evidence and the assessment of both at this point in the investigation,` Libonati said.

"Shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, Hoffman called 911 and told dispatchers he shot a man `in self-defense` and told police he would be in the cemetery, which is about a mile from the home where the shooting occurred.

"DeLong was pronouced dead at 3:24 p.m. inside the Buckeye Drive home and Hoffman was pronounced dead at 3:52 p.m in the cemetery, police said.

"DeLong is formerly from Sharpsville and found his way back to the area after living in various places around the country, police said.

"A self-employed contractor, DeLong was staying with Hoffman in exchange for doing work on his house.

"Libonati and police said they will have no more information to share until all evidence is gathered.

"`There is every indication that this is an isolated incident,` Libonati said. `We just have to make sure we gather everything to make a determination on who did what.`"

Source: The Herald...

Victim's Brother Witnesses Murder, Suicide

"PHOENIX, AZ — Police said a man fatally shot his common-law wife of nearly 30 years then killed himself at their home in west Phoenix Wednesday morning.

"Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Manuel Olivas, 52, got into an argument with Maryann Valenzuela Fernandez, 52, in the bedroom of their on 7511 West Meadowbrook about 9:30 a.m.

"Fernandez called out to her brother for help. He ran to the bedroom and forced the locked door open just in time to see Olivas shoot her, according to Thompson.

"Olivas threatened the man with the gun then turned it and shot himself.

"Fernandez and Olivas both died at the scene."

More at azfamily.com...

Three Dead At Student Apartment Complex

"MOBILE, AL — A shooting at Campus Quarters near the University of South Alabama has claimed the life of a third victim, a Mobile Police Department spokeswoman said.

"The case is now being investigated `as a double homicide and a suicide,` said MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains.

"Around 4:45 a.m., officers were called to Campus Quarters at 112 South University Blvd after a shooting reportedly injured multiple people, according to police.

"On arrival, police found a man and a woman approximately 100 yards apart from each other at the complex. They had died of gunshot wounds, Rains said.

"A third man was transported to the hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds. Around 2 p.m., police said he had passed away.

"Authorities have not released the identities of the victims pending family notification.

"Police believe the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute."

From gulflive.com...


12/16/2013 — "He didn't have a violent bone in his body"...

Couple Found Dead During Welfare Check

"MARYVILLE, TN — A Maryville couple were found dead in their home at 727 Sam Houston School Road as the result of an apparent murder/suicide on Saturday.

"Jennifer Marie Rust, 39, and Matthew Aaron Rust, 37, were both found dead at their residence early Sunday morning, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.

"Deputies were dispatched to the Rust’s home early Sunday morning on a welfare check on Jennifer Rust after she failed to report to work.

"They found the couple’s bodies in a bedroom inside the home. The Criminal Investigation Division also responded to the scene.

"During the investigation, preliminary results of the autopsies performed on the Rusts were consistent with a murder/suicide perpetrated by Matthew Rust, according to the sheriff’s office. It was not disclosed what kind of force was used during the incident."

Read more at The Daily Times...

Elderly Couple Had Health Issues

"ROCK HILL, SC — A former chairwoman of Winthrop University’s Board of Trustees died Monday after investigators say her husband shot her and then shot himself at their Rock Hill home.

"James Martin, 91, and his wife, Mary Jean Martin, 81, were pronounced dead at about 8:30 a.m. at their home in the Huntington Place neighborhood off Herlong Avenue, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said. They had been married for 14 years and had no children together.

"Gast called the deaths a murder/suicide.

"On Tuesday, autopsy results showed that James and Mary Martin died as a result of gunshot wounds, Gast said.

"Police were called to the Martin house at about 8 a.m. after a caregiver found the couple, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger, spokesman for the Rock Hill Police Department. The door to the house at 1662 Huntcliff Drive was locked, he said, and police don’t believe anyone else was involved in the shootings.

"Gast said James Martin left behind a note of instructions, telling whoever found the couple what family members to call. The note was not addressed to a specific person.

"Investigators plan to submit forensic evidence to the State Law Enforcement Division, Bollinger said.

"Both James and Mary Martin had been in failing health, Bollinger said."

Read more at The State...

Two Dead After Argument About Child Discipline

"WEST PALM BEACH, FL — A 43-year-old suburban West Palm Beach man died Monday evening at the hospital where he had undergone surgery after being stabbed by his stepfather earlier in the day, said Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

"Robert Lee died at Delray Medical Center around 10:34 p.m. He had been stabbed multiple times by his stepfather, 55-year-old Hiep Le, after they argued over how Lee's child was being disciplined, Barbera said.

"Deputies were called around 3:45 p.m. to the 5000 block of Purdy Lane where Le and his stepson had squabbled. During the argument, which had moved from inside the home to the sidewalk, Lee was stabbed.

"The injured man ran across the street for help and a neighbor called 911. Lee was flown to Delray Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. He later succumbed to his injuries, Barbera said..

"Le went back home and began to quarrel with his wife. During the argument she suffered cuts to her hands and was taken to JFK Medical Center for treatment, she said.

"SWAT team members tried to persuade the suspect to come out of the house. When they finally entered the home, they found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted stab wound."

From WPTV...

One Dead, One Injured, One Flat Tire

"MIFFLIN, PA — One person is dead and another was wounded and taken to Milton S. Hershey Medical Center after a shooting Monday at 448 McKinley Road in Tuscarora Township, Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown and Juniata County District Attorney Cory Snook said.

"Police said a 39-year-old man drove to the residence to confront his 40-year-old estranged wife and her 51-year-old paramour, both of Mifflin, with a single-shot 12-gauge shotgun. The paramour and the father of the man's estranged wife, also of Mifflin, were sitting in a truck in the driveway at the residence when the 39-year-old shot one round into the front tire of the truck, police said.

"Police said the paramour ran from the vehicle to the residence and was followed by the 39-year-old. The 39-year-old then went to the front of the house and fired a round through the front door, striking the father of his estranged wife in the upper legs, police said.

"The 39-year-old then fatally shot himself in the head while in the driveway, police said.

"Police did not release the names of those involved, as family members had yet to be notified. Police also said the investigation remains active."

Source: The Sentinel...

Monday, December 9, 2013

Decomposing Bodies Found In Florida Garage

"ORLANDO, FL — Orange County Sheriffs are conducting an investigation of three bodies found in an upscale area near Lake Nona.

"Authorities initially responded to a call to check the well-being of residents on the 10600 block of Mere Parkway in Eagle Creek, a gated golf course community. Upon arrival, they found decomposing bodies of a woman, man and child, who are believed to have died at least three weeks ago.

"Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Angelo Nieves says the incident is likely a murder/suicide. The 34-year-old woman and 50-year-old man were renters of the home.

"The age of the child who lived with the man and woman was not given, nor was the relationship between the decedents.

"The bodies did not show any sign of blunt-force trauma, and there were no signs of forced entry into the home.

"The remains will be sent to the medical examiner in order to make a positive identification.

"A property manager went to check on the residents Saturday, due to not seeing any signs of them in weeks. Upon arrival, he smelled a concerning odor and made the call to officials around 11 a.m."

From FOX Orlando...

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bodies Of Estranged Pair Found In Car

"HIGGINSPORT, OH — A woman missing since Thursday was found dead, the Brown County Sheriff Office confirmed Saturday.

"Genevieve Smith, 42, was last seen at her home in Higginsport at about 7:45 a.m. Thursday. Her body was found in her 2007, maroon Ford Mustang Friday at about 9 p.m. Also found dead was Andrew Smith, 55, Genevieve's estranged husband.

"A handgun was also found in the vehicle that was spotted by a `concerned citizen` on Schwallie Road near Ripley, Ohio, according to the sheriff's office.

"According to the sheriff's office at the initial time of her disappearance, Genevieve Smith may have been arguing with Andrew Smith. They said she had a protection order against her husband.

"Genevieve failed to show up for work and missed a court hearing on Thursday, according to deputies. She was last seen putting three of her five children on a bus to school.

"Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger said the incident was being investigated as a murder/suicide, but an autopsy would be performed before a final determination could be made."

From WCPO...

Deputies Find Dead Couple In Home

"LEICESTER, NC — Buncombe County Deputies said a husband and wife died in what appeared to be a murder/suicide Friday night.

"Clyde Cody Jr., 65, and Hilda Cody, 64 of 14 New Home Road in Leicester were identified as the victims, according to Natalie Bailey of the sheriff's office.

"`The findings of the investigation appear to be consistent with a murder/suicide pending autopsy results from the medical examiner,` Bailey said.

"Bailey said deputies were called to the Cody's home on New Home Road in Leicester after receiving a call for service at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

"She said deputies arrived and found the two victims dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

"Bailey said the investigation into this incident is ongoing."

Source: FOX Carolina...

Four Dead In Apartment Complex Rampage

"MANCHESTER, CT — Four people are dead after police said a man killed three women before turning the gun on himself late Saturday night.

"According to police, a call came in at 9:40 reporting multiple gunshots in the area of 190 Pine Street. Officers arrived on scene within about two minutes and confronted the suspect outside of an apartment building. The suspect was armed with a handgun and was carrying a baby when police arrived.

"Police said after a brief confrontation with the officers, then man put the child down and shot himself. One officer also fired at the suspect, but it appears the bullet did not strike him.

"The child was unharmed during the event and was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated.

"Police said officers entered the apartment complex and located three women in an apartment who were dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

"The identities of the victims have not been released, and police continue to investigate the event with the help of the Connecticut State police and the Hartford State's Attorney's Office."

From wfsb.com...