Friday, January 31, 2014

Shots Fired On Quiet Street, One Dead, One Critical

"ROYSE CITY, TX — A deadly case of domestic violence poured out onto a quiet street in Royse City Friday morning. A Navy veteran was killed and his wife is struggling to survive after being shot several times.

"Royse City police say the husband, Scott Arthur Croop, 39, shot his wife, Kara Elizabeth Croop, 33, multiple times before killing himself on the street outside their suburban home.

"Police Chief Jeff Stapleton said dispatchers received reports of multiple gunshots outside a home on 429 Cookston Lane at 9:05 a.m. When they arrived, Mr. Croop was dead in the middle of the street. Stapleton said Mrs. Croop was also found shot outside the home. She was taken to Baylor Medical Center in critical condition.

"Lisa Canterberry, the Garland-based attorney who represented Kara Croop, said Mrs. Croop had filed for divorce in November. Scott Croop was set to sign the paperwork on Monday. She said he was a Navy veteran and Friday was his retirement day. The two separated in July.

"Canterberry said Mr. Croop shot his wife five times and he was shot once in the head."


Mother, Son Found Dead In Park

"SUWANEE, GA — A missing Gwinnett County mother and her son have been found dead in what police believe is a murder/suicide.

"Thuy Phan, 48, and her 24-year-old son Vincent were reported missing Thursday evening by family members.

"After Thuy Phan's oldest son found her car in Rock Springs Park in unincorporated Lawrenceville, police began searching the park, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

"Thuy and Vincent Phan's bodies were found shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area of the park. Ritter said investigators determined Thuy Phan shot her son, who had been diagnosed with autism, and then turned the gun on herself.

"A motive for the murder-suicide has not yet been established."


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Man Kills Wife, Mother-In-Law Before Shooting Himself

"CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — A man shot his wife and his mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself in a southwest Cedar Rapids homicide/suicide Thursday morning.

"Robert Drew Livingston, 47, of Cedar Rapids, allegedly shot and killed his wife, Ingrid Huber Livingston, 41, and her mother, Linda Jane Huber, 73, both of Cedar Rapids, early Thursday morning, according to Cedar Rapids Police.

"Livingston then allegedly shot and killed himself, police said.

"Livingston allegedly entered the residence of Huber, located at 3515 Banar Drive SW, Unit B, before the shootings occurred, according to police.

"The Livingstons lived at 3600 Big Horn Road SW. They have two minor children who were not hurt in the incident, according to police.

"Police say they will not release further details at this time but that the public is not in danger."


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dead Couple Had "Serious Medical Issues"

"UMPQUA, OR — The Sheriff's office says a man shot and killed his wife in thier Umpqua home, before turning the gun on himself.

"On Monday at about 5:00 pm, deputies were called to a residence on 240 Smethwick Drive in Umpqua.

"An adult female was at the residence checking on the people who lived there, who were identified as Dennis and Linda Black.

"The female told deputies she found the couple deceased.

"Sheriff's deputies and detectives went to the scene and confirmed that both Dennis and Linda Black were dead inside the residence.

"The case is being investigated as a murder/suicide, according to the Sheriff's office.

"Authorities say evidence led them to believe that Dennis Black, 60, shot and killed his wife Linda, 59, then shot himself.

"The Sheriff's office says both had serious medical issues.

"Dennis and Linda lived alone in a rustic cabin in a rural area of Umpqua, about 20 miles west of Sutherlin, the Sheriff's office said."


Dead Men Found In Apartment

"GLEN BURNIE, MD — Two men are dead after a suspected murder/suicide in Glen Burnie on Monday evening, Anne Arundel County police said.

"Residents of a bottom-floor apartment in a two-story home on Wendover Road in the Marley neighborhood called 911 about 5 p.m. after they heard gunshots in the second-floor apartment, said Lt. T.J. Smith, a police spokesman.

"Police arrived a short time later, got the bottom-floor residents out and entered the second-floor apartment. Inside, police found two men in the living room, both dead from gunshot wounds, Smith said.

"The men were both residents of the apartment, but their identities were not immediately released, pending notification of family.

"Police are investigating the shooting as a murder/suicide, although Smith would not elaborate on any motive or on the relationship between the two men.

"Smith could not say what type of gun was used in the shooting.

"Animal Control took a cat and a few small dogs from the home, Smith said."

Source: Baltimore Sun...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Two Found Dead, Police Release Few Details

"DENVER, CO — Two people were found dead in a southwest Denver home Thursday after police found them while conducting a check on the welfare of the occupants.

"Denver police said the bodies were found at a home on 2588 S. Utica Street near W. Harvard Ave.

"Someone called police at 5 p.m., concerned about the occupants of the home and asked Denver police to check on them.

"Police were waiting for a warrant to re-enter the house and begin their investigation. Just before 8 p.m. Thursday, Denver police tweeted `Search warrant served. No updates will be available for incident in 2500 block of S. Utica until tomorrow.`

"On Friday, police said they still had no updates because detectives were still working the case."


Mom Kills Daughter, 17, Botches Suicide Bid

"OVIEDO, FL — An Oviedo mother shot her 17-year-old daughter Monday, then turned the gun on herself, police said.

"Chetana Guduru, an International Baccalaureate student at Seminole High School in Sanford, died about 9:30 a.m. at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

"Her mother, Sujatha Guduru, 44, was in stable condition at the same hospital late Monday. Prosecutors had not decided what, if any, charges to file against her, Oviedo police Lt. Mike Beavers said.

"Sujatha Guduru emailed her brother about 5:45 a.m. to say she planned to hurt herself and her daughter, Beavers said. He did not read the email immediately, but he went to his sister's house on 560 Farminghan Court in the Waverlee Woods community after seeing it.

"The brother found his niece on the bed in the master bedroom and his sister on the floor, Beavers said. He called 911 about 7:20 a.m. He also moved Chetana to the floor and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her.

"Chetana's grandmother also lives in the house, but she apparently was asleep and doesn't know what happened, Beavers said. She doesn't speak English, and police were trying to find an interpreter, he said.

"In the email to her brother, Sujatha Guduru left a makeshift will instructing him on what to do with her money, Beavers said. She did not say why she wanted to hurt herself or her daughter."

Source: Orlando Sentinel...

Couple Had No History Of Domestic Violence

"HENDERSON, NV — The man who died in an apparent murder/suicide has been identified by the Clark County Coroner's office as 45-year-old Wade Elliott Adams. The identity of the woman in the home has not been released.

"Henderson Police said it appeared Adams shot and killed his wife and then overdosed on drugs at a home on Karen Way, near Van Wagenen Street and Major Avenue.

"A passerby called 911 after seeing the Adams' daughter crying outside the home.

"When Henderson officers arrived, the woman told them she had gone to the home after she found her father's truck keys and money at her residence.

"When she went to the home on Karen Way she found the couple dead.

"No calls had ever been made from the house for domestic violence issues, police said.

"The woman's death is the first murder in Henderson this year."


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mall Shooter Kills Two, Self

"COLUMBIA, MD — Gunfire pierced the Saturday morning bustle at The Mall in Columbia [map here], a gathering place for many in the planned suburban community, sending shoppers racing for cover as two store employees were fatally shot by a man who police said then killed himself.

"Howard County police said the two employees at the skate shop Zumiez, Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, Md., and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City, Md. were killed shortly after 11 a.m.

"Police, who did not release information on the identity of the shooter, said he was found just outside the store with a shotgun and a large amount of ammunition.

"Five people, including one who was shot in the foot, were treated at Howard County General Hospital and released. The other four persons were not being treated for gunshot wounds, but for injuries related to panic at the scene.

"One witness said the gunman appeared to be between 18 and 21 years old and was wearing khaki pants and a white shirt.

"Heavy police presence remained at the mall into the night, with helicopters circling overhead and police officers searching car trunks in the parking lot."

Read more at the Baltimore Sun...

Decomposing Bodies Found In Home

"ARVADA, CO — An Arvada husband and wife have been found shot to death in what police suspect suspect was a murder/suicide.

"`There's no one else suspected to be involved in their deaths and no there's no threat to public safety,` Arvada Police spokeswoman Jill McGranahan [said] on Saturday afternoon.

"A female family member concerned about the couple's welfare went to the home at 10756 W. 68th Place at about 12: 30 p.m. Friday, McGranahan said. The relative found the 71-year-old husband and the 65-year-old wife dead from gunshot wounds and they appeared to have been deceased for some time, McGranahan said.

"Investigators don’t have an estimate of how long the pair had been dead, but the bodies had begun to decompose, she said.

"Police would not speculate on which of the two had fired the gun. The Jefferson County coroner will conduct autopsies to determine the cause and manner of death."


Wife Shoots Husband In Parking Garage, Self In Emergency Room

"CLEVELAND, OH — Cleveland Police have confirmed that a murder-suicide took place on Thursday evening at the MetroHealth Medical Center [map here].

"Authorities say that Terry Johnson, 58 of Berea, killed her husband, Donald Johnson, 61, in the hospital's parking garage, and then entered the Emergency Room around 4:40pm where she then shot herself. Hours later, her husband's body was found in a car where they also found a suicide note.

"She was kept on life support and died in the early morning hours on Friday."


Mom And Son, 9, Found Dead During Welfare Check

"GREEN BAY, WI — Brown County's Medical Examiner says the deaths of a mother and son earlier this week has been ruled a murder/suicide.

"In a statement from the Green Bay Police Department, Medical Examiner Al Klimek released preliminary autopsy results on 9-year-old Damien Veraghen and 33-year-old April Veraghen.

"Damian Veraghen died as the result of manual suffocation. It is suspected that he was medicated prior to the suffocation, but toxicology results are still pending.

"April Veraghen died as the result on a combination of prescription medication toxicity and hypoxia due to suffocation. That is considered a self-inflicted act.

"Police officers responded to a welfare check at an apartment on 507 S. Fisk Street, on the city's west side Tuesday around 9:30 a.m. When they arrived, cops found both April Veraghen and her son dead."


"On And Off" Couple Found Shot Dead

"LYNCHBURG, VA — The medical examiner has ruled a shooting at the Terrace Brooke Apartments on the 1800 block of Broadway in Lynchburg is a murder/suicide.

"Around 9:30 Monday morning, Lynchburg police discovered the bodies of Stacy Ritchie and Clyde Wrenn inside a townhouse on Broadway Street.

"The medical examiner performed an autopsy and determined Wrenn shot Ritchie before shooting himself.

"Police say the couple had been dating off and on for several years. It's not clear whether they have a history of domestic violence.

"Police say on the morning their bodies were discovered, Wrenn was supposed to be checking into rehab.

"According to search warrants, police found the couple's bodies on the floor of a bedroom, both had gunshot wounds to the head, both declared dead on the scene.

"A family member told police they came to the home Monday morning to take Wrenn to rehab for depression and alcohol when they discovered the two bodies.

"Police say it's not clear what motivated this shooting. But after interviewing neighbors, family members and an autopsy, they're confident Wrenn was the one who pulled the trigger."


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Shooter Surprises Ex-Wife, Boyfriend

"LIMESTONE, NY — A man and woman were ambushed and killed in an apparent homicide, and the alleged shooter turned the gun on himself early Wednesday afternoon.

"Cattaraugus County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 12:19 p.m. to 5342 Nichols Run for a reported shooting. There, officers found Kimberly Podolski, 42, an Olean resident, dead inside the mobile home from a gunshot wound to the head. Her boyfriend, Dennis Larweth, 50, of Olean, was also found dead from an apparent gunshot to the head on the porch.

"The shooter, who Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb identified as Daniel Podolski, 38—Kimberly Podolski’s estranged husband—was found alive inside, but critically injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"The Podolskis were married, but had been separated for some time, Whitcomb noted. Both owned the mobile home on Nichols Run. Penny Hough, Kimberly Podolski’s aunt, told the Times Herald the Podolskis have two children, one of whom attends Allegany-Limestone Elementary School.

"`They no longer lived together, and no one lived at the residence,` Whitcomb said. `The wife went there to retrieve some property, and she took her boyfriend and friend with her. They did not anticipate running into the husband there, but he was there and started shooting.`

"Police believe Podolski had been waiting for his estranged wife inside the residence for some time."

Read more at The Bradford Era...

Dad, Kids Found Dead On Military Base

"FORT HOOD, TX — Military officials Thursday evening identified a man and his two daughters who were found dead earlier this week in their home at Fort Hood after what investigators think was a murder/suicide as Rouhad Ahamd Ezzeddine, 43, Leila Rouhad Ezzeddine, 9, and Zeinab Rouhad Ezzeddine, 4.

"Ezzeddine’s wife, Pfc. Carla Santisteban, 33, who recently returned home from a deployment to Afghanistan, found the bodies at around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in the family’s home in the Pershing Park neighborhood on Fort Hood.

"Santisteban is assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

"`This is a terrible tragedy for the mother and families of these children. We are doing everything possible to care for the family in this time of profound grief and loss,` said Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, Fort Hood senior commander and commanding general 1st Cavalry Division.

"Special Agents from U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the deaths.

"`Although a final determination has not been made and the investigation is continuing, early indications are the deaths are possibly the result of a tragic murder suicide involving the husband and the two children,` Fort Hood said in a press release Thursday evening.

"Autopsies are being performed by the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner."

From KWTX...

Woman Survives Shooting Rampage By Hiding In Closet

"INDIAN HILLS, CO — A 25-year-old man shot and killed his stepmother and wounded his father before taking his own life during a Monday night argument at the family's Indian Hills home, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

"Deputies responded to the home at 23038 Pawnee Rd. at 10:05 p.m. after receiving a call from 24-year-old Sarah McConaghie. She said she had heard gunfire from the main level of the family home after her stepbrother had an argument with her parents, according to the sheriff's office.

"A dispatcher radioed deputies that McConaghie said her stepbrother `has started shooting` and she heard her parents screaming and had locked herself in her bedroom, according to a recording of radio traffic provided by

"McConaghie, who was calling from a closet in her bedroom, remained hidden and on the phone with dispatchers until deputies arrived on scene.

"Deputies entered the home through an unlocked rear door and soon found three people on the main floor who had been shot.

"The mother, 53-year-old Margaret Leiman, and her stepson, 25-year-old Robert Leiman, were both pronounced dead at the scene, sheriff's officials said. The father, 58-year-old Bruce Leiman, was transported by air-ambulance to Swedish Hospital. He was in stable condition on Tuesday night.

"Deputies found McConaghie hidden the closet and escorted her from the home.

"The handgun used in the shooting belonged to Robert Leiman, sheriff's officials said.

"`The preliminary investigation indicates that during an argument between Robert and his parents, he went to his room to retrieve a handgun, returned to the main level of the home and shot both Margaret and Bruce multiple times,` sheriff's officials said. `Robert then fired several shots into the room where Sarah was and then returned to the main floor where he shot himself.`

"An autopsy showed Margaret Leiman died from multiple gunshot wounds, and Robert Leiman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office."

From the Denver Channel...

SWAT Team Finds Shotgun Killer Dead

"RED LION, PA — A woman murdered by her boyfriend in York Township Tuesday night had fled his home with two other people, but he walked outside with a shotgun and fatally shot her as she sat inside a vehicle, according to police.

"Jessica Mellinger, 24, of New Freedom, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay, who has ruled the young woman's death a homicide.

"Her killer, 24-year-old John R. Snyder of 525 S. Franklin St., died early Wednesday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and his death has been ruled a suicide, Gay said.

"According to York Area Regional Police Sgt. Jeff Dunbar, Mellinger and two residents of the Snyder home fled the home and got inside a vehicle parked in the driveway.

"Snyder went outside with the shotgun and killed Mellinger, then dragged her body back inside the home, according to Dunbar.

"The two other people who fled ran to a neighbor's home and called 911, he said.

"Snyder opened fire on arriving officers as they approached the home about 11 p.m., forcing the officers to take cover, according to Dunbar.

"Snyder continued to shoot at officers for a period of time, and at one point an officer returned fire when he felt his `position of cover` had been compromised, according to Dunbar.

"Gay said it appears Snyder's only wound was the self-inflicted one.

"Police set up a safety perimeter around the home and made contact with Snyder by calling his cell phone.

"But Snyder ended contact with police about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday—which is when officers heard the last shots coming from inside, Dunbar said.

"York County's Quick Response Team, a SWAT-type unit, arrived and took over about 3 a.m., the sergeant said.

"They entered the home about 4:30 a.m. and found both Mellinger and Snyder dead, Dunbar said.

"Snyder and Mellinger had been in a domestic dispute prior to her murder, the sergeant said.

"No autopsies will be performed, Gay said."

Source: York Dispatch...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sleepover Interrupted By Murder/Suicide

"MOUNT HOLLY, NC — Gaston County police are investigating what they are calling an apparent murder/suicide in the deaths of a husband and wife whose bodies were found Wednesday morning in a home near Mount Holly.

"Police said their 5-year-old grandson was present when his grandmother, Terri Benfield, 64, was shot, but he may have been asleep at the time. Later, Benfield’s husband, Clyde, 69, called the mother to pick up the child from the residence.

"When the mother arrived, she wasn’t allowed to check on Terri Benfield, police said. From the conversation she had with Clyde Benfield, they said the woman had a good idea that something had happened to his wife.

"As the mother and child were leaving the residence, officers arrived and entered the home, finding Clyde and Terri Benfield dead in the same bedroom from gunshot wounds, authorities said.

"Officers said the case appears to be murder/suicide, and no other suspects are being sought. They said the child, who had spent the night with his grandparents, was not injured and did not appear to be aware of what happened in the home.

"The shootings occurred at 5 a.m. at a home on 303 Michelle Lane, police say.

"Authorities said there have been no prior police calls at the residence, and no reported incidents of domestic violence have been discovered.

"Gaston County Police Sgt. M.K Shelor said the Benfields had been married about 40 years, but `had not gotten along for quite a while.`"

Source: Charlotte Observer...

Son Finds Elderly Parents Shot Dead

"MT. JULIET, TN — An elderly Mt. Juliet couple was found dead in their home on 1103 Weston Drive about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

"Police say the couple's son discovered the bodies after being unable to reach his parents by phone. Both victims appear to have died of gun shot wounds, according to police.

"Neighbors identify the couple as Hubert and Betty Wilburn. They say Mr. Wilburn was struggling to care for his wife who was battling serious health problems.

"Mt. Juliet police won't confirm it was a murder/suicide, but public information officer Tyler Chandler says there were no signs of forced entry. He went onto say police are not actively looking for any suspects and they have no reason to believe anyone else in the neighborhood is in danger.

"An exact cause of death will be determined after police get the results of the autopsies."

From WZTV...

"They Were Real Good People"

"BEAUMONT, TX — A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson said Tuesday afternoon that the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found Monday inside a house located at 360 Church Street in Beaumont's south end, are the result of a murder/suicide. The couple has been identified as Mark Pelligrin, 57, and Kathy Pelligrin, 55.

"The spokesperson said it appears Mr. Pelligrin shot Mrs. Pelligrin before turning the gun on himself.

"Mr. and Mrs. Pelligrin have married for two years.

"Police ruled their deaths a murder/suicide following autopsies conducted Tuesday morning.

"A police spokesperson said Mr. Pelligrin's employer went to check on him because he had not shown up for work. When no one answered the door the employer went next door to the home of Mr. Pelligrin's daughter. The spokesperson said when the daughter went into the home, she found her father on the kitchen floor. She asked her dad's boss to call police.

"Jefferson County Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Judge Ransom Jones pronounced the victims dead at the scene.

"The police presence got a lot of neighbors' attention Monday. Most said they are also clueless as to how the couple could have died.

"`I've never seen nothing bad over here. Down this street or anything going on bad. To me they were real good people,` Neighbor Beulah Mathis said.

"Late Monday some neighbors remembered hearing what they say sounded like fireworks late last week, believing it now may have been gunfire."


Gun Jam Foils Suicide Bid

"CARSON CITY, NV — An 88-year-old Nevada man shot his wife in the chest while she was being treated at a hospital in a failed murder-suicide Sunday, police said.

"Cops booked William Dresser on suspicion of attempted murder after his wife suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot once in the chest in her hospital room Sunday in Carson City.

"Dresser told cops he tried to kill his wife because she was paralyzed and wanted to die. The husband told investigators he brought two bullets for each of them, but the gun jammed after he shot his wife once.

"After the shooting, Dresser `was crying and mumbled words to the effect of, 'I did not accomplish my goal,'` investigators wrote in a probable cause report.

"Police did not release the victim's identity or why she was in the hospital, but her initial illness was not due to foul play.

"The incident occurred in a room on the third floor of the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center at 11:30 a.m., when Dresser entered with a small-caliber, semiautomatic handgun he just purchased, and shot her once in the chest, police said. She was transferred to a hospital in Reno for treatment of her critical injuries.

"The hospital released a statement saying it was under lockdown for about two hours as authorities investigated and determined it was a `targeted incident.`

"Hospital staff quickly apprehended Dresser and held him for the authorities."

Source: NY Daily News...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Toddler OK, Slasher Mom In Hospital

"Lewisberry, PA — A Fairview Township toddler whose mother cut his neck before she attempted suicide last week has been released from a local hospital, according to township police.

"The 2-1/2-year-old boy, whose name has not been made public, was released from Hershey Medical Center over the weekend, Acting Police Chief Jason Loper said.

"The boy and his mother, 36-year-old Candis Bradshaw, were rushed to Hershey Medical Center Friday morning by medical helicopter, police have said.

"Bradshaw, of the first block of Foxfire Lane, remains in the hospital, according to Loper, who said her condition was unavailable.

"Bradshaw stabbed herself in the chest after making two cuts, each several inches long, on each side of her son's neck, according to police.

"Township police officers were called to Bradshaw's home in the Hedgerow development about 8:45 a.m. Friday, Loper said."


We'll Always Have Paris

"PARIS, TX — Police are now investigating after the bodies of a husband and wife were found in their home Saturday morning.

"According to the Paris Police Department, the bodies of 21-year-old Emily Kaylyn Bush and 24-year-old Terrell Deon Bush, both of Paris, were discovered at a residence in the 2500 block of W. Houston Street. The couple has been identified as husband and wife.

"Emily's mother and father made repeated calls to her Saturday morning that went unanswered. After not being able to contact Emily for some time, her parents decided to go to the residence to check on her. Her father discovered the bodies inside the home and called 911. Police were dispatched to the home at 11:32 a.m.

"A firearm was found in close proximity to the bodies and evidence on scene indicates that this may be a murder/suicide, but police say it is too early in the investigation to make that determination. The case will be investigated as a homicide until forensic evidence can be used to make a final judgement.

"Neighbors told officers that sounds of a possible disturbance could be heard from the home around 11 p.m. Friday night. Those sounds were followed by slamming doors."

From KLTV...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Father & Son Pronounced Dead At Scene

"NORTH AUGUSTA, SC — A father and son are dead after a shooting at around 9:30 this morning in North Augusta, SC.

"Samuel Hewitt, 52, is believed to have taken the life of his son, Brandon Hewitt, 21, before taking his own life in what is suspected to be a murder suicide following a family dispute, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

"They were both pronounced dead at their home on Woodvine Drive.

"The mother was not home during the shooting but discovered the bodies upon returning home.

"The autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning in Newberry.

"The shooting is still under investigation."

From WLTX...

One Dead At Scene, One In Stable Condition

"FORT WORTH, TX — Police are investigating two shootings in far south Fort Worth.

"The emergency call came shortly after 11 p.m. Friday from the 2200 block of Shane Avenue, where a woman was dead at the Sycamore Pointe Apartments.

"A man was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was last reported to be in stable condition.

"Investigators said a 911 call characterized the gunfire as an attempted murder and suicide.

"Police said the two people have a child together; their names have not been released."


Friday, January 17, 2014

Two Dead, One Hurt In Clinic Shooting

"WEST PALM BEACH, FL — A dispute at a medical office turned fatal Thursday afternoon when a gunman killed one person, seriously injured another and then committed suicide, authorities said.

"Investigators believe the gunman was having a business appointment with a woman at Doctor’s Choice Medical Center on 4670 Forest Hill Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Thursday when he got angry and shot her. He also shot and killed a man who was at the meeting but does not work at the medical office.

"Then the gunman shot and killed himself, said Teri Barbera, sheriff’s spokeswoman.

"`What we believe is that this individual knows these two people,` Barbera said. `He came in to have a business discussion with them, a personal business discussion. It got heated.`

"The woman was flown by Trauma Hawk to Delray Medical Center, said Capt. Albert Borroto, spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Her condition was not known late Thursday.

"Investigators spent hours gathering evidence at the shooting scene, an older shopping center just west of Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach, as nurses and other employees of the medical office looked on in horror. Many had fled the medical office as shots were fired."

Read more at Palm Beach Post...

Toddler Survives Mom's Knife Attack

"YORK, PA — Fairview Township Police have released the name of a Fairview Township woman who investigators believe cut her son's neck before stabbing herself in the chest Friday morning.

"She is Candis Bradshaw, 36, of 89 Foxfire Lane, according to police.

"Her 2-1/2-year-old son escaped life-threatening injuries when Bradshaw apparently cut his neck, according to police, who said the woman then stabbed herself in the chest.

"The toddler suffered two lacerations, each several inches long, on each side of his neck, police said.

"Township police officers were called to Bradshaw's home in the upscale Hedgerow development about 8:45 a.m., Acting Police Chief Jason Loper said.

"Bradshaw's young son suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his neck, according to police.

"`It appears the child will be OK,` Loper said. `It could have been much worse.`

"Loper said he is hopeful Bradshaw also will survive her injuries.

"`It appears to be a suicide attempt` by Bradshaw, preceded by an apparent murder attempt on her son, Loper said. However, he noted the investigation is still ongoing and is in the preliminary stages.

"Bradshaw and her son were flown to Hershey Medical Center by medical helicopter, he said."


Bodies Found In Locked Bathroom

"SYMRNA, TN — Smyrna Police said the shooting deaths of a man and a woman at an apartment complex on Thursday night appeared to be a murder-suicide.

"Police said they received a hang up call to 911 around 7:20 p.m. from an apartment at the Village Lake Apartments on 117 Village Lake Drive.

"When officers arrived at the home, the front door had been kicked open. They found a 2-year-old child walking around unharmed.

"Officers then discovered two bodies in a locked, upstairs bathroom. Police identified them as 28-year-old Kayleigh Dupont and 32-year-old Justin Bennett. Bennett was the brother of Dupont's boyfriend, who police said was at work at the time of the shootings.

"The preliminary investigation indicated that Bennett kicked in the front door, confronted Dupont in the bathroom, and shot her. Police said he then shot himself.

"Police said they believe the shootings stemmed from a domestic violence call at the home on Tuesday.

"`A lot of this stemmed from—there was a domestic situation there on the 14th of January with the grandfather of Kayleigh's child was arrested for domestic assault,` said Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold.

"No other details were released.

"The investigation was ongoing. Police will try to enhance the 911 tape to see who made the call, and determine if anyone else may have been involved.

"The child, who belonged to Dupont, was placed into protective custody."


"There Were No Red Flags"

"SPANISH FORK, UT — Investigators say a quadruple murder-suicide claimed the lives of a Spanish Fork family of four and another relative whose bodies were discovered Thursday night.

"According to Spanish Fork police, officers visited a home at 37 North 630 West Thursday night for a welfare check after Lindon police officer Joshua Boren failed to arrive for work.

"Officers said when they arrived, they noticed through a window that there was blood on the carpet of the front room as well as empty handgun shell casings. When officers entered the home, they found the bodies of five people who had all sustained gunshot wounds.

"Investigators said Joshua Boren, 34, killed four family members and then took his own life. They said no suicide note was found in the home.

"The four victims have been identified as Kelly Boren, 32, Joshua `Jaden` Boren, 7, Haley Boren, 5, and Marie King, 55. King has been identified as Kelly’s mother.

"Investigators said Joshua and Kelly had been experiencing marital problems for the past several months and recently separated.

"During a press conference Friday, Spanish Fork police said Joshua worked as an officer with the Lindon City Police Department. He also previously worked as a deputy with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office for about seven years as a patrol officer and with their corrections department.

"Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff’s Office, said Joshua Boren resigned from UCSO, but was re-hired part-time.

"Cody Cullimore, the Lindon City Police Chief, said Joshua had been a Lindon police officer for about three months and he had already got to know the Boren family through some events held by the department.

"Cullimore said it was his understanding that Joshua and Kelly Boren had separated, but were on friendly terms.

"`There were no red flags. Everything about him was outstanding,` Cullimore said in an interview Friday morning. `[It is] a tragedy on so many levels. We may never know what happened, why it happened. Unfortunately, the people that know are no longer here.`"



02/11/2014 — From DisneyLand to Murder/Suicide...

Kids In Car When Dad Shoots Mom At Daycare

"MCKINNEY, TX — McKinney police have identified the couple involved in the murder/suicide at a daycare on Thursday as Melissa Williams, 35, and Cedric McFail, 33.

"Police were called at about 5:45 p.m. to the Discovery Learning Center at 1815 W. White Ave. in McKinney. Witnesses told police they heard a man and woman arguing followed by gunshots.

"Police said Williams was at the daycare to pick up her two children. McFail approached her car, fired shots into the vehicle and then left, according to police. Williams was found dead in her car.

"Police received a call just after 6 p.m. of a second shooting at a home in the 2700 block of Frontier Lane. The caller told police that McFail came in, had a brief conversation and then shot himself. McFail was transported to Baylor Medical Center in McKinney, where he died.

"The children, ages 1 and 4, were in the car when the shooting occurred but were not injured. Child Protective Services has placed them with close family friends."


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Victim Had Restraining Order Against Killer

"DENHAM SPRINGS, LA — Authorities said the shooting reported Wednesday night is being investigated as an apparent murder/suicide.

"The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported the bodies of Aleria Cyrus Reed, 35, and her estranged husband, Marlon Reed, Sr., 38, were found inside their home just after 7 p.m. Investigators said they believe Reed shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

"Sheriff Jason Ard said deputies found the victims after being called to the 28000 block of Grand Turk Drive off Florida Boulevard, which is just outside the Denham Springs city limits.

"He added Marlon Reed, Sr. still lived at the home with the couple's two young children, but Aleria Cyrus Reed had been staying with family in Baton Rouge while the couple was separated and was at the home visiting her children when the shooting happened.

"According to Ard, there are no reports of deputies being called to the home for any domestic-related problems or acts of violence. However, reports indicate deputies found paperwork showing Aleria Cyrus Reed had filed for a restraining order against her husband, claiming domestic abuse. The protective order against Marlon Reed, Sr. was active.

"The Livingston Parish Coroner's Office is performing autopsies on the victims to determine the exact cause of death.

"The investigation is ongoing."

From WAFB...

Bodies Found In Bathroom

"NEW BEDFORD, MA — A man and a woman were found dead late this afternoon in a South End apartment and authorities are investigating the deaths as a possible murder/suicide, according to a police source close to the investigation.

"The case marks the first homicide in New Bedford this year.

"Both bodies were found in the second floor rear apartment at 598 Brock Ave. about 4:30 p.m. today and the police source said it appears they had been dead for at least a day.

"`It didn't just happen, it could be a day,` the source added.

"About five people were escorted from the scene to be interviewed by police as possible witnesses, the source said.

"Angel Goode, who said she is the aunt of one of the victims, identified the dead man as Shariff Goode. The police source also confirmed the identification.

"The identity of the woman was not available tonight.

"Goode said her two brothers told her they found the bodies with gunshot wounds to the head, lying on top of each other in the bathroom.

"They had gone to check on Goode because he was not answering his cellphone, she said, adding the last time family members had heard from him was Monday."

Read more at SouthCoastToday...

Woman Found On Road Dead

"PHELAN, CA — A day after two bodies were found in Phelan, authorities said Wednesday that they believe the case is a murder-suicide.

"A 52-year-old woman was found first at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday on the side of Eaby Road in the 13800 block, then a 63-year-old man was discovered at a nearby residence, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.

"Investigators have since determined the two deaths were connected; the man caused the woman’s death before committing suicide, they say.

"Sheriff’s officials immediately noticed the woman, lying behind an abandoned Chevrolet pickup truck, was not breathing. She was pronounced dead on scene. The investigation then led them to a nearby residence where they located the man, also deceased."

From the Press-Enterprise...

Killer To Be Charged After Recovering From Botched Suicide

"ELKHART, TX — Officials in East Texas have identified the victim and suspect in a Wednesday morning reported murder and attempted suicide.

"Around 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office issued a capital murder warrant for Victor Aldaba Salcedo, 43, of Jacksonville. Victor Salcedo is accused of shooting his ex-wife, Lorena Salas Salcedo, 42, of Elkart, before trying to take his own life by shooting himself in the face.

"According to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 9:00 a.m., regarding a murder/attempted suicide. When officials arrived at the home on 410 East Parker Street in Elkhart, they discovered Lorena Salcedo dead and Victor Salcedo face down on the ground, but still breathing.

"Lorena Salcedo's body was sent to Tyler for an autopsy. Victor Salcedo will be jailed on a $500,000 bond upon his release from the hospital.

"Anderson County officials, with the assistance of the Texas Rangers, are investigating the incident."


Family Of Four Found Dead In Home

"IRMO, SC — A husband, wife and their two young children are dead following an apparent murder/suicide near Irmo, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

"The four were found Wednesday morning after police were called around 10:30 to the home at 1 Forest Walk Court in the Riverwalk neighborhood off Broad River Road.

"The children were discovered in their individual bedrooms, and the two adults were found together in their bedroom, said Sgt. Curtis Wilson, spokesman for Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Each of the four was shot in the upper body, he said.

"A handgun was found near the father, Wilson said. The sheriff’s department’s initial assessment is that the incident was a domestic situation. Wilson said authorities would investigate whether any previous domestic violence calls had been made to the house.

"The man’s mother had not heard from her son in a couple of days, went to the house, discovered the bodies and called authorities, Wilson said.

"Neither the sheriff’s department nor the Richland County Coroner’s Office would identify the victims. But Richland County property records show the house is owned by Sheddrick and Kia Miller, who bought the home in 2012.

"Wilson said authorities are working to determine when the four were killed."

From The State...

Bodies Found In Kitchen

"CRAFTON, PA — A Crafton man shot his estranged wife in the head early Wednesday and then turned the gun on himself, leaving three young daughters behind, Allegheny County officials said.

"Richard Gorsuch, 46, and his wife, Amy Gorsuch, 40, had been married for 10 years but were separated for the past six months, said James Morton, assistant superintendent for the Allegheny County police.

"Ms. Gorsuch spent part of Tuesday night with her brother while the couple's three daughters, ages 8 through 11, were with Ms. Gorsuch's father, with whom she lived, police said.

"About 2 a.m., Superintendent Morton said, Ms. Gorsuch went to the brick ranch house she and her husband bought on 117 Dinsmore Avenue in September 2012.

"`She just came over to check on him,` the superintendent said.

"When Ms. Gorsuch had not returned six hours later, her father dropped the girls off at Crafton Elementary School and drove to the house, police said. He went inside and found their bodies in the first-floor kitchen, police said.

"Ms. Gorsuch's father called for help about 8:15 a.m.

"Investigators determined during autopsies that Mr. Gorsuch fired a single shot into his wife's head and then turned the gun and fired a shot into his head, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office."

From the Post-Gazette...

Mom Shoots Daughters, Self As Boyfriend Moves Out

"SYRACUSE, UT — A 32-year-old Utah mom gunned down her two young daughters and then herself on Tuesday—just one day after her fiancé came to move his things out of their shared Syracuse home.

"Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva shot daughters Kenadee, 13, and Isabella, 7, around 6 p.m. before turning the gun on herself.

"Her fiancé, KSTU-TV reported, was outside with a U-Haul truck just as the gunshots rang out. Police had supervised the couple as the unidentified man moved his belongings out of the home around 6 p.m. Monday.

"Cops quickly ruled the man out as a suspect, the Deseret News reported.

"`It’s considered a murder/suicide, so there are no suspects at large. We’ve spoken to the fiancé (and) we’ve spoken to the family... And that’s when we came to the conclusion it was a murder/suicide,` Syracuse Police Officer Erin Behm told the newspaper.

"Police first came to the home Monday. About 24 hours later, tragedy struck.

"Police say the family had lived in the town for about three months—and the young girls had only just entered school. Kenadee, an eighth-grader at a local junior high, had only attended one day of school while Isabella, a first-grader, attended about a week of classes, the Deseret News reported.

"The mother’s Facebook page is littered with photos of herself and two young daughters in happier times.

"Just last week, Ramsdell-Oliva wrote that she was `feeling annoyed` as she wrote on Facebook about apparent relationship troubles.

"`I hate people who feel it’s their right to come in the middle of a relationship and try to fix it or give their opinion,` she wrote. `You aren’t in that relationship for a reason so don’t put yourself in between it. Focus on your own life and your own problems.`

"Cops have not released a motive for the crime and autopsies are pending."

Source: New York Daily News

Estranged Boyfriend Kills Mom Of Two, Self

"MORNING VIEW, KY — Two people are dead after an apparent murder/suicide Tuesday evening in Morning View, Kentucky.

"Kenton County Police Officers responded to the 2000 block of Cruise Creek Road around 6 p.m. to check on the well-being of the resident and her estranged boyfriend.

"When officers arrived on the scene and searched the home, they found 26-year-old Erin Nicole Cully and 28-year-old Jason Stephens dead from apparent gunshot wounds to the head.

"According to authorities, the initial investigation indicated Stephens shot Cully with a handgun before turning the gun on himself.

"Cully, a student at Gateway College, had two children who were not there at the time of the shooting. Police could not confirm if Stephens was the father of the kids.

"Police also [said] there was no restraining order made against Stephens.

"The Kenton County Police Department's investigation into this crime remains open."

From WXIX...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Shooter On Life Support, Victim Stable

"WINNSBORO, SC — Authorities in Fairfield County say a double-shooting on Sunday was an attempted murder/suicide.

"Fairfield County Chief Deputy Keith Lewis said the incident happened around 2:15 p.m. at a home on 688 Old Chester Road in Winnsboro.

"Lewis says 25-year-old Brittany Scott was able to run to her neighbor's house after being shot twice in the arm by her live-in boyfriend, 25-year-old Avery Markey Caldwell.

"Investigators say Caldwell shot Scott as she was trying to leave the home.

"`They did have a domestic argument yesterday. Apparently she wanted to leave. He got upset with her wanting to leave. It appears that he shot at her three times, hitting her twice and then he went in the bedroom, reloaded the gun and put the gun to himself,` said Lewis.

"Minnie Gibbs says she just got home from church when Scott, her neighbor, showed up shot at her front door.

"`When I opened the door, she kinda fell but I caught her, before she fell in the house,` said Scott. `I tried to sit her in the chair and she slid out the chair and she fell on the porch.`

"Scott is in stable condition in an area hospital.

"Lewis said Caldwell was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He remains on life support."


Mom, Teens Found Dead In Home

"WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Police said a woman sent her ex-husband and other family members an email this morning saying that she was going to `do harm` to herself or family members.

"The ex-husband called police as he approached the home at 212 Pershing Way, West Palm Beach at 8:06 this morning, according to police spokesman Sgt. Dave Lefont.

"Inside the house, police found three dead bodies: an adult woman and two teenagers, a boy and a girl.
Police would not say how they died but did say it appeared gunshots were involved.

"Police would not identify the dead, but records state the house was owned by Jennifer Berman. She lived there with her teenage children, Alexander and Jacqueline.

"Police are interviewing Jennifer’s ex-husband, Richard Berman, but they say they don’t think he’s a suspect in the deaths. The couple was married in Miami in 1992, and their divorce was finalized on Dec. 5, according to court records.

"Police said there was no forced entry."

Read more at the Palm Beach Post...

Bodies Found In Guesthouse

"WAYNE, PA — A quiet residential street in the affluent Main Line hamlet of Wayne was jolted yesterday afternoon by an apparent murder/suicide that orphaned three children.

"`At 2:20 p.m., we received a report of a shooting at 319 S. Wayne Ave., and later discovered that the person who made the call was actually the same person who committed the shooting,` said Radnor Township Police Chief William Colarulo.

"`This was a couple in their 40s,` Colarulo said. `The female was shot at least twice. The male suffered one gunshot wound that appears to be self-inflicted. The weapon was a .357 Magnum.`

"Colarulo said the shooting happened at a guesthouse not attached to the couple's home. He said an 8-year-old son was in a bedroom of the main house at the time of the shooting, and was not aware it had occurred.

"The couple's 17-year-old daughter was not at home. Another daughter, 15, was away at boarding school in Minnesota.

"`This is a tragic situation for everyone involved, especially for those children,` Colarulo said.

"He said police, who did not release the couple's identity last night, believe the shooting was related to a domestic dispute because the shooter "left documents out for his children to find."

"Colarulo said: `This is an open-and-shut case as far as we're concerned. Now the real tragedy starts because you have three children who have no parents.`"


Two Cars, Two Bodies

"CHESTER, VA — Police confirm two people are dead in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide in a Chester neighborhood.

"A man and woman were found shot in a vehicle off the 12300 block of Mason Avenue late Sunday evening.

"Chesterfield Police said two vehicles were involved in an accident and the two deceased were found in the vehicles. One of the vehicles involved in the incident is described as an SUV, found in a ditch off the side of the road.

"The two victims are known to each other, and the initial investigation indicates the shooting to be a domestic-related murder/suicide, police said.

"The identities are not being released until police are able to notify next of kin.

"The initial 911 calls came in around 9:15 p.m. for a person shot. Neighbors said multiple shots could be heard at the time of the incident. Responding officers told neighbors to stay in their homes. Chesterfield Fire & EMS units responded to the scene to assist police."


"They Were A Really Nice Couple"

"SAN ANTONIO, TX — Two men were found dead in a North Side home Saturday in what police are investigating as a murder/suicide.

"Around 3 p.m., police responding to a request to check on someone's welfare went to a home in the 13400 block of Vista Del Mar. Inside, they found two bodies with gunshot wounds.

"One of the men was in his 20s; the other was in his 40s, police said.

"San Antonio Police Department Detective Leroy Carrion said there were no signs of forced entry, but there were signs of a struggle in the home.

"Several neighbors stood outside watching the police investigation.

"`They were a really nice couple,` said a woman who lives across the street. `They had just moved here from the Valley.`

"The neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said the two men moved into the house around November, and had been redecorating.

"One of the men, according to the neighbor, was a pilot for a produce company. He would give fresh produce to neighbors as gifts, she said.

"`Nothing ever seemed suspicious,` the neighbor said. `I would never think that this would happen. They seemed so happy together.`

"The neighbor said she had just spoken to one of the men Thursday as he installed lights on his garage. On Friday, she said, the garage door was open all day, which was unusual.

"`People don't just leave their garage doors open around here,` the neighbor said.

"Police said other neighbors also noticed the open garage.

"They also saw one of the couple's several dogs walking around unattended, which prompted a call to police.

"Several dogs were removed from the property."


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Robot Finds Body Of Killer After SWAT Standoff

"BALTIMORE, MD — Baltimore City Police say Robert Hopkins, murder suspect, shot himself after holing up in a North Baltimore house overnight.

"Police say during an attempted carjacking, Hopkins shot and killed a man on Maryland Ave near 22nd St. just before 3am. He then pointed the gun at a woman, Denise Jones, and ran into a nearby home.

"Police surrounded the home for 8 hours, and told neighbors to stay inside. At 10:30am, police sent a robot inside. They found the suspect dead from a self inflicted gun shot wound.

"Hopkins has been wanted for a recent attempted murder and several other carjackings. The victim has not been identified."

From WBFF-TV...

Wife Calls 911 While Husband Loads Gun

"HOLLYWOOD, MD — A woman was shot overnight in a suspected attempted murder/suicide in St. Mary's County that happened while the victim was on the phone with emergency officials.

"St. Mary's County Sheriff's officials say that Angela Dean was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher just after midnight Friday when the dispatcher heard gunshots, after which the call dropped.

"Maryland State Police say that the gunshots came about 59 seconds into Angela's call for help.

"Authorities believe that Angela's husband, James Daniel Dean, was loading a gun after having an argument with his wife and turned the gun on her inside their Johnson Road home. When authorities arrived, they found both husband and wife shot.

"James was pronounced dead at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Angela is currently being treated for her injuries at a Prince George's County hospital."

From WJLA...

Police Conclude Domestic Violence In Death Of Pair

"CANOGA PARK, CA — Police say they are investigating an apparent murder/suicide in Canoga Park this week as a `domestic violence murder.`

"Authorities were called to the 21900 block of Roscoe Boulevard about 1 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they discovered the bodies of a man and woman, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

"The couple were apparently married and had a child, police said. The woman, referred to by police as a 30-year-old victim, sustained several fatal unspecified injuries, they said.

"The male, 40, `died of an apparent suicide,` according to the LAPD, which referred to him as the suspect.

"Detectives determined that their deaths were the result of domestic violence, police said."

From CBS Los Angeles...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bodies Found During Police Response

"LAKE CHARLES, LA — Lake Charles police found two people dead in an apartment in the 100 block of Arlington Street on Wednesday afternoon.

"At approximately 12:13 p.m. on Jan. 8, officers responded to a call. Upon arriving at the address, they attempted to make contact with the parties inside but received no response.

"Officers made entry into the apartment where they found the bodies with apparent gunshot wounds.

"Investigators identified the deceased as Mia Katherine Trahan, 25, of Lake Charles, and Kody Todd Fontenot, 32, from Branch, LA.

"The investigation has revealed that a murder/suicide occurred in which Kody Todd Fontenot shot and killed Mia Katherine Trahan and then turned the weapon on himself."

From WGMB...

Imaginary Police, Methamphetamines Foil Shooter's Plan

"COLOMA, MI — The Coloma Township Police Department has determined that the double shooting on January 7 was an attempted murder/suicide.

"According to police, they reached their conclusion after interviewing the surviving victim, Carey Burgess-Wagnon, evidence at the scene and the autopsy on Richard Merchant.

"Burgess-Wagnon told police Merchant woke her early in the morning and accused her of having an affair. He attacked her and attempted to strangle her, police said.

"Burgess-Wagnon said the incident may have been fueled by Merchant's use of methamphetamines earlier.

"She said she curled up on the bedroom floor and he got the two guns. She said he threatened to kill her and himself.

"She said he paced around the house and, believing she had called police, began shouting threats `towards the imaginary officers outside the home` according to the police press release.

"Burgess-Wagnon said at one point Merchant fired shots out the bedroom window and two shots through the front door where he thought the police were.

"Merchant went back into the bedroom and fired one round at Burgess-Wagnon. It struck her in the hip.
He fired again at her, but missed.

"Merchant then shot and killed himself, reports said.

"When police arrived, Merchant had both guns in his possession. They traced and accounted for all of the rounds and bullets fired.

"Police had never been called out to the house for domestic abuse, reports said.

"Family members told police that Merchant had a long-time drug abuse problem and a history of suicide attempts."


Visitor Finds Bodies In Home

"DARBY, MT — Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman has released the names of the two people who died in an apparent domestic violence-related murder/suicide near Lake Como north of Darby late Sunday or early Monday morning.

"Hoffman identified the female victim as 50-year-old Holly N. Schick-Lewis.

"The woman had been shot multiple times, he said.

"The suspect was identified as 53-year-old South Valley resident Michael Charles Buckles. Hoffman said that Buckles died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot, and that his death appeared to have happened very shortly after Schick-Lewis was killed.

"Hoffman said that Schick-Lewis’ body was discovered by a visitor to the Lake Como Road home early in the afternoon on Monday.

"The visitor left the residence and called 9-1-1.

"Deputies found Schick-Lewis in the kitchen of the home; Buckles was located in an adjacent bedroom."


Dad, Daughter Found Dead In Home

"BURWELL, NE — The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating an apparent murder/suicide after a two-year-old and her father were found dead in Burwell.

"The bodies of 31 year old Christopher Melling and two-year-old Aimee Melling were found on Tuesday afternoon.

"Officers broke out a window to enter the home on 624 E. Street to conduct a welfare check.

"Concerned neighbors reported no recent activity at the home. A single firearm was discovered at the scene.

"Autopsies have been scheduled for later this week in Gibbon.

"Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall tells News 5 that this could be his first homicide case in his 35 years on the job."


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Three Kids Orphaned After Dad Kills Mom, Self

"FREEPORT, TX — A woman called police about 10:15 a.m. today to say she had been on the phone with a family member who was arguing with her husband when she heard a gunshot and then the phone went dead.

"Police went to the home in the 500 block of West Ninth Street and found a husband and wife dead in what they suspect is a murder/suicide. The deceased are Lorena Cedillo, 34, and Moises Cedillo, 35.

"The couple has three children, ages 5, 8 and 10, but they were in school when the shooting occurred, Lt. Raymond Garivey said.

"Police still are investigating and will release more information later today."


Man Fires On Wife, Mother-In-Law Before Shooting Himself

"ALDIE, VA — The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what led to a domestic murder/suicide in a Kirkpatrick Farms townhouse late last night.

"Deputies responded to the 41700 block of Eloquence Terrace in the Aldie community of Kirkpatrick Farms around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night for report of a gunfire inside a home. Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Rapid Response Unit entered the townhouse and discovered two adults dead inside the residence from what appears to be a murder/suicide. A third adult was injured and has been transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

"According to the sheriff's office, the preliminary investigation shows that during an altercation, a man fired several rounds from a weapon at his wife and mother-in-law. He then took his own life.

"Reports indicate the deceased were husband and wife and the injured person was the wife's mother.

"Two children, aged 16 and 12, who were inside the home at the time of the shooting were not involved and escaped the house unharmed.

"The names of the victims are being withheld by the sheriff's office `out of respect for family and next of kin.` The investigation remains ongoing."


Slasher Lunges At Police, Gets Shot 29 Times

"METAIRIE, LA — Jefferson Parish deputies shot a man 29 times when he lunged at them with a knife over the weekend and say it appears to have been a case of `suicide by cop.`

"Sheriff Newell Normand released the details Tuesday morning of the Pier Street stabbing and shooting.

"The sheriff says his deputies responded to the 1300 block of Pier Street Saturday night after neighbors told them Noah Scott had stabbed his girlfriend to death.

"26 year-old Jessica Broussard died on the scene.

"Deputies found Scott inside the house and say he wouldn't drop the knife and kept telling deputies to shoot him.

"Scott was killed when deputies say he lunged at them.

"People in the normally quiet Metairie neighborhood were celebrating the Saints win Saturday night when they noticed 26 year-old Jessica Broussard stumbling from her boyfriend's house.

"`I tried to go to her. Her clothes were removed and she was bleeding really, really bad so I got a towel and tried to slow down the bleeding. There wasn't too much we could do for her,` said neighbor Keith Mercier.

"`The girl was screaming, he's stabbing me. She ended up on my front lawn and he was over her continuing to stab her.`

"Sheriff deputies quickly arrived and they say Broussard's boyfriend, 29 year- old Noah Scott walked back into the house. Deputies knocked on the door and they say Scott answered with a knife in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

"`All three officers were right at the entrance of the home. Scott was inside. Officers repeatedly asked him to drop the knife. Mr. Scott repeatedly asked the officers to shoot him,` said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.

"Sheriff Newell Normand says moments later, Scott ran toward deputies.

"`At that point in time, the three officers simultaneously fired what we believe is either 35 or 36 rounds,` said Normand.

"An autopsy later revealed Scott was shot 29 times.

"Sheriff Normand says both Broussard and Scott have a prior criminal history and he says last year both were involved in a domestic dispute incident."

From WVUE...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Crossbow Killer Shoots Himself With Shotgun

"CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY — Two people are dead after a murder/suicide near Campbellsville, Kentucky Tuesday morning according to Taylor County authorities.

"The Taylor County Sheriff said the incident was triggered by a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend.

"At some point this morning, the man, whose identity is not being released, used a crossbow to kill his girlfriend, and then turned a shot gun on himself.

"The sole witness to the crime was the man's uncle who also lives at the home in the 4300 block of East Finley Ridge Road.

"The man is longtime resident to Campbellsville while his girlfriend was from Virginia.

"Sheriff Allen Newton says he knew the man and could not recall any major criminal history.

"`Anytime you have a homicide, it's out of character for most people. Sometimes they just snap and do things they normally wouldn't do,` Newton said."


Botched Suicide Sends Killer To Hospital

"JACKSONVILLE, FL — A botched murder/suicide ended with the arrest of a 45-year-old Jacksonville man Monday and the death of his girlfriend inside a home they shared.

"Michael Joseph Day was charged with murder and absentee-booked into the Duval County jail while he is hospitalized for treatment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Assistant Chief Chris Butler said Tuesday.

"Kendra Michelle Nagy, 33, was found dead in a bedroom of the house on Sunderland Road where police were called Friday after friends showed up concerned for her safety. The night before while Nagy was off duty but with Day at the Overtime Sports Bar where she worked, he started belittling her, Butler said. She eventually went home without him but later texted messages to a friend saying she was scared and that Day was `acting out,` according to the arrest police report.

"`Later that night Day sent texts declaring he had made a huge mistake and there was 'no turning back now,'` the report said.

"The next morning when Nagy didn’t show up for work, co-workers went to the house near Blanding Boulevard in Jacksonville’s Lake Shore neighborhood, where a wounded Day came to the door bleeding from the head. Police said the witnesses saw him trying to clean up blood."


Man Finds Wife, Son Dead

"FLOWER MOUND, TX — Flower Mound police say a 31-year-old man stabbed his 57-year-old mother to death and then killed himself Monday at a home on 1504 River Birch Drive.

"The murder/suicide was reported around 1:10 p.m. by the man’s father, who was not injured, police said.

"The son was identified as Eric Michael Wilner, and the mother as Deborah Lynn Wilner, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. Police said both were dead when authorities arrived.

"It’s unclear what prompted the deadly assault but police said there has been only one call to the residence in the past. It was not related to domestic violence."


Death In The Friend Zone

"PINE ISLAND, MN — Two college freshmen from Minnesota were found fatally shot inside a Pine Island home Monday in an apparent murder/suicide, according to police.

"Olmsted County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home on 6948 100th Street North at around 4pm after getting a call from one of the victims' relatives.

"When officers entered a heated shed on the property, they came upon the body of 18-year-old Kayla Jill Koranda. Lying nearby they found Nicholas Roecker, 19, who was clinging to life.

"Roecker was rushed to Mayo Clinic Hospitals, where he died a short time later, according to officials.
Olmsted County Sheriff David Mueller told the Minneapolis Star Tribune a handgun used in the suspected murder/suicide was recovered at the scene.

"The 19-year-old victim, who lived at the house with his family, attended the University of Minnesota- Duluth, while Koranda was a student at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.

"Sheriff Mueller told MailOnline over the phone Tuesday that it appears the victims were just friends and not a couple.

"According to a statement from the sheriff’s office released to MailOnline this afternoon, the two deceased were classmates at Lourdes High School—a Catholic institution in Rochester. Koranda and Roecker were also Facebook friends."


911 Call Leads Deputies To Bodies

"KIRKSVILLE, MO — The Adair County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the two people killed in an apparent murder/suicide early Sunday morning.

"Sheriff Robert Hardwick identifies the two as 33-year-old Krysten `Kadie` Campbell Johnson, and her 36-year-old husband, Riley Johnson, both of Kirksville.

"Hardwick says the dispatch center received a 911 call around 1:30 a.m. Sunday reporting shots fired inside the Johnsons' home just south of Kirksville.

"The sheriff's office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded.

"Two other adults and the Johnsons' three small children were also inside the home at 23534 Burk Trail just off of Highway 11 West.

"Adair County Coroner Brian Noe says once law enforcement officers got into the home, they discovered Kadie Campbell Johnson's body in the garage.

"Riley Johnson's body was found in a hallway just off of the garage.

"Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies are scheduled for early this week.

"Noe [said] it appears Riley Johnson was the shooter, killing his wife and then ending his own life with a gunshot.

"The Sheriff says several firearms were found at the scene.

"An investigation into the circumstances that led up to the fatal shootings is underway."


SWAT Team Finds Dead Shooter

"MODESTO, CA — A nearly 6-hour standoff with a shooting suspect ended Sunday morning when Modesto police found the suspect dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Victor Salazar Ramirez, 30, is accused of shooting a male victim once and a female victim multiple times inside a home on the 1100 block of Cannes Avenue around 12:05 a.m., Modesto Police Officer Heather Graves said.

"When officers arrived at the scene, family members, including children, were escaping from the home. The male victim was able to get out of the home with the family. He was treated for a gunshot wound and then taken to a hospital.

"Family members told police that the female victim was still trapped inside the home with Ramirez. Graves said officers came up with a plan and rescued her. She was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital.

"Both victims' conditions were stabilized at the hospital. No other information was released about the victims.

"Graves said Ramirez barricaded himself in the home when officers arrived at the scene. SWAT and a negotiator were also called to the scene.

"Around 6:35 a.m., officers entered the home and found Ramirez dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No other information about Ramirez was released by police.

"It is unclear why Ramirez shot the two victims."