Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Warehouse Gunman Shoots Six Before Killing Himself

"KINNESAW, GA — An employee armed with a shotgun injured six people at a FedEx warehouse in Georgia early Tuesday morning before he ended the carnage by shooting himself, police said.

"One of the injured is in critical condition, police said.

"The shooting erupted at 5:54 a.m. at a warehouse 1675 Airport Road, Kennesaw, near the Cobb County Airport, said police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce. He said the police were alerted by a numerous 911 calls that there was an active shooter in the building.

"More than 100 police and federal officers arrived at the sprawling FedEx hub and surrounded the building, but shortly before 9 a.m. police said the man suspected of carrying out the shooting was dead.

"The alleged gunman was described only as a FedEx employee who worked as a package handler, Pierce said. "As far as I know, he worked at this location," the officer said.

"His body was found in the bay area of the warehouse and a weapon was found with him.

"`When he was found we know that he had a shotgun. It was the only weapon he had at that time... He deceased from what we believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,` the sergeant said."


Police Find Bodies During Welfare Check

"ARVADA, CO — Police were dispatched to an Arvada residence Tuesday for a welfare check where they discovered two dead bodies.

"According to the Arvada Police Department, officers responded to a home at 6322 W. 61th Pl. near Lamar Street after family members of the residents said they had not heard from them in awhile and were concerned for their safety.

"Upon arrival, officers found the husband and wife, who resided in the home, deceased.

"Police said evidence from the scene is indicative of a murder-suicide investigation.

"There are no other suspects in the case at this time, said police."

From KDVR...

Man Walks Disabled Wife Onto Railroad Tracks

"VERONA, NY — A Madison County man called his son to say he was sorry for what he was about to do, then later Sunday he and his wife were struck and killed by a freight train on railroad tracks in the Oneida County town of Verona, state police said.

"Earl L. Myatt and his wife, Mary M. Myatt, both 59, were standing in the path of an eastbound CSX freight train at the intersection of Fox Road in Verona about 1:37 p.m. when they were struck and killed, troopers said in a news release.

"Troopers had received a report that the Myatts were missing from the city of Oneida. Bradford Myatt had contacted police after his father contacted him and said he was `sorry for what he was about to do` before ending the call, according to state police reports.

"Troopers described Mary Myatt as having `diminished mental and physical capacity` because she was recovering from a brain aneurysm at the Oneida Healthcare Extended Care Facility. State police found a suicide note in Earl Myatt's vehicle near the scene. CSX Railroad personnel helped with the investigation.

"State police are continuing to investigate."


Couple Jumps Off Bridge After Murdering Relative

"SUFFERN, NY — An apparent murder and double suicide that ended with a Suffern, N.Y., couple leaping from the George Washington Bridge on Monday was rooted in a months-long family dispute over money and possible drug use, police said Wednesday.

"Gary Crockett, 41, and his girlfriend, Nicki Hunt, 40, jumped off the bridge around 11 a.m. Monday. Hours later, a relative found the body of Hunt's 70-year-old uncle, William Valenti, who had been strangled in his Suffern home.

"The discovery set off a hunt for Valenti's green Chevrolet Malibu. When Suffern police heard that a couple in their forties jumped off the bridge, they immediately suspected that the suicides were related to the murder, Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn said at a news conference Wednesday morning.

"Valenti’s body was discovered in the bedroom at 88 Washington Ave. where he had lived with Crockett and Hunt, police said. The couple appeared to have recently taken between $1,000 and $1,500 from Valenti’s bank account through withdrawals and forged checks, police said. Valenti apparently gave them a deadline to repay the money but they didn’t do it.

"Police found two notes written by Hunt at the home. One said she and Crockett took `Uncle Bill` to the hospital. The other was from Hunt to her four children, apologizing for the life they have led and for her actions. Police would not reveal any more details from the note."


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Elderly Couple Had Been Battling Health Problems

"MONTGOMERY, TX — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the murder/suicide of an elderly couple.

"Family members called the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning asking them to check on Neil and Helen Rothenburg. The husband and wife, both in their 80's, had not been heard from since this weekend and were not answering the phone.

"When deputies arrived at the home on 10 Villas Ways Drive, on the shores of Lake Conroe, they found the Rothenburg’s bodies. They both had gunshot wounds to the head.

"The Sheriff’s Office also found a suicide note. They say the couple had been battling health problems."


Daughter Finds Parents Dead In Home

"MIRAMAR, FL — Police are trying to determine a motive for the apparent murder/suicide of a married couple whose bodies were found by their daughter.

"Katrina Manseau went to check on her parents around noon Monday at a house she owned in the 6500 block of Southwest 19th Street, where her parents had been living for about two weeks. She found father William Manseau, 57, and mother Kathleen Manseau, 61, dead inside, said Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues.

"`[Kathleen Manseau] appears to be the victim of a homicide and this appears to be a murder/suicide,` Rues said."

Read more at the Sun-Sentinel...

Two Dead, One Critical After Hack-And-Shoot

"LOS ANGELES, CA — A husband and wife were found dead Monday following an apparent murder/suicide in Valley Village.

"The incident was reported around 10:30 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 12400 block of Weddington Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

"Roland Lelea, 70, reportedly attacked his wife, who was in her 40s, with an axe before fatally shooting her. He later turned the gun on himself.

"A neighbor was also shot in the mouth when she went to check on the apartment, following cries for help. She was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

"The neighbor’s husband, Derrick Andrews, says that was scheduled for surgery at the hospital, where she remained in critical condition Monday night.

"`By the time I was waking up, my wife was next door already,` Andrews said. `Then five minutes later, we heard gunshots.`

"Two other neighbors had also checked in on the apartment when they reported that they had heard screaming.

"Residents told [reporters] the couple, whose teen daughter was safe in school during the incident, fought frequently.

"`They argued constantly, all the time,` neighbor Robin Torell said. `They were fighting and bickering, back and forth.`

"An officer reportedly suffered a cut, but no other injuries were reported.

"A SWAT team also responded to the scene."

From CBS Los Angeles...

Couple Pronounced Dead At Scene

"WOODLAND, CA — A man shot his girlfriend dead with a pistol before pulling the gun on himself in an apparent murder/suicide at a Woodland home Sunday afternoon.

"Around 5:05 p.m., Woodland police officers and medical personnel responded to 294 Riverside Drive for a report of a shooting that just occurred, according to Sgt. Brett Hancock.

"`Responding officers arrived on scene within minutes and located an adult female and an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds inside the residence,` said Hancock in a report. `Both subjects were pronounced dead a short time later by medical personnel. ... Though the investigation is ongoing, preliminarily it is believed the deceased female and deceased male had been in a dating relationship and this was a domestic violence related murder/suicide.`

"The names of the shooter and his victim are not being released at this time, though Hancock did confirm they were both in their 40s.

"There were four other people inside the residence at the time of the shooting who were not harmed. All four are related to the victim, said Hancock, though the relationships were not immediately available. At least one is an adult, and the rest may be children.

"The crime scene was contained to the home, and police aren't searching for any other suspects involved in the murder/suicide."

Read more at the Daily Democrat...

"Double Shooting" Determined To Be Attempted Murder/Suicide

"MADISON HEIGHTS, VA — A double shooting in Madison Heights last week is believed to be an attempted murder/suicide, authorities said Monday.

"Deputies were called early Wednesday morning to 436 Ewers Lane, between Winesap and Elon roads. They found Ronald `Joe` Lloyd, 56, dead in his front yard. His wife, Nancy B. Lloyd, 59, was inside and wounded.

"On Monday, Amherst Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Turner said Nancy Lloyd was shot twice in the chest and Joe Lloyd sustained a single gunshot wound to the head. Nancy Lloyd's condition Monday morning was not immediately available.

"Investigators believe Joe Lloyd shot his wife and himself with a handgun. Turner does not expect any charges to be placed in the shooting. Nancy Lloyd was unarmed.

"The incident followed a domestic dispute, though Turner declined to discuss specifics.

"An unnamed family member was home at the time but was in another part of the house and uninvolved with the attack, the lieutenant said."


Victim Stable After Being Shot Multiple Times

"KANSAS CITY, KS — One man died and a woman suffered critical injuries Monday in what police are calling a disturbing case of domestic violence. It happened at 51st and Leavenworth Road. As of Tuesday morning, the woman was in stable condition.

"Witnesses described a horrible scene just before 8 a.m. as people were headed to work and school. Witnesses told [reporters] they saw a man and woman arguing, with the woman trying to get away from the man. At one point, the man grabbed the woman by her hair or around her neck and dragged her across Leavenworth Road. As the woman fought back, witnesses say the man pulled out a handgun and shot the woman, and then stood over her and fired more shots into her body before shooting and killing himself.

"Perhaps most disturbing for everyone involved was seeing the woman’s eight-year-old daughter only a few feet away. The girl ran over to the two bodies after the shooting and started crying.

"`Beating on a woman anyway, then dragging her for everybody to see,` said Brenda Mosley, who witnessed the crime. `That’s not nice, and to do it in front of a little girl? That’s a coward.`

"Police confirm that the woman has two children, the eight-year-old and a three-year-old. Witnesses said she may have been bringing the children to a neighbor when the dispute started. Police say the woman is critically wounded. The man is dead. Mosley and others say it was a terrible thing for them to see. They can’t imagine the trauma experienced by the child, who also witnessed the violence."

From WDAF TV...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Teen Hears Shots, Finds Bodies, Calls 911

"PONTIAC, MI — A 30-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man were found shot to death Sunday afternoon by Oakland County Sheriff's deputies.

"Both were located in the upstairs bedroom of their home in the 90 block of Ridgemont in Pontiac.

"According to the Sheriff's Department, the woman was found deceased on the bed while the man was discovered behind the door with a rifle lying across his chest.

"The 16-year-old nephew of the woman told deputies his aunt and her husband had been arguing in the bedroom for an hour.

"The teen, who lived in the home, said he heard two gunshots. He went upstairs and found them shot.

"He ran to a relative's home and called 911.

"The Sheriff's Department is reporting that the preliminary investigation suggests a possible murder/suicide pending a ruling from the Medical Examiner's office."


Shooter Critical, Victim Grazed

"GARDEN GROVE, CA — Police are investigating an attempted murder/suicide in Garden Grove.

"Authorities were called to the scene in the 12000 block of Lorna Street at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday

"Police say a 49-year-old man who rented a trailer near the rear of the house owned by a Garden Grove couple shot them both.

"Investigators say the man then turned the gun on himself.

"The couple was wounded.

"The 41-year-old male victim was taken to UCI Medical Center and is in critical condition.

"The 50-year-old female victim suffered a graze wound to her elbow and was treated at the scene."

From CBS LA...

"Verbal Altercation" Turns Deadly As Police Arrive

"STONE MOUNTAIN, GA — A man and woman were killed Saturday night in what Gwinnett County police officials are calling a murder/suicide.

"No names have been released, but according to details provided by the Gwinnett County Police Department, officers were called to the 2800 block of Mossy Creek Drive in the Stone Mountain section of unincorporated Gwinnett County around 9 p.m. to respond to a loud verbal altercation and concerns about the safety of the female involved.

"When they arrived, they heard gunshots coming from the home. The officers found two dead bodies when they entered the home.

"Homicide detectives were called, but according to police officials, the case is currently being investigated as a murder/suicide as no additional suspects are believed to be involved."


Man And Woman Declared Dead At Scene

"SACRAMENTO, CA — The couple involved in a deadly domestic dispute on Saturday in a Natomas neighborhood have been identified.

"According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, 35-year-old Alyssa N. Williams and 49-year-old Ronald R. Coursey, both of Sacramento, were the pair killed in the deadly shooting.

"According to Sacramento Police, officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Jade Tree Circle, just before 9 a.m. Saturday, after receiving a call regarding a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"When officers arrived, they discovered a man and a woman, later identified as Williams and Coursey, inside the home with gunshot wounds. Fire crews from the Sacramento Fire Department arrived on scene and declared both subjects dead.

"Investigators determined that Coursey and Williams had been in a long term relationship that had ended recently.

"Coursey went to the house on Jade Tree Circle, where he and Williams had been living together, and entered the home. A short time later he fired multiple rounds at Williams before turning the gun on himself.

"According to police, five family members, including two children, were in the house at the time of the shooting. None of the five were injured.

"Sacramento Police Homicide Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators were called to the scene to assist with the investigation. Law Enforcement Chaplains also responded."


Fireman, Shooter Dead After Five Hour Standoff

"MIDLAND, TX — A Midland firefighter was pronounced deceased at the hospital following a shooting that led to a standoff and suicide on Friday.

"Midland Police and Fire Departments responded to a shots fired call at approximately 2:33 p.m. Friday at a residence in the 2200 block of South Baird Street. Upon arrival, first responders found 35-year-old Henry `Trey` Rodriguez III outside of the residence with life-threatening gunshot wounds. He was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased shortly after. A female was present at the time of the shooting but did not suffer any injuries.

"Armed suspect Nestor Castro Jr., 35, proceeded to barricade himself inside the residence. Midland Police Department's tactical unit responded to the scene along with units from the Department of Public Safety, Midland County Sheriff's Office, Midland Independent School District Police, and several other agencies. Castro remained barricaded for several hours, and police utilized various non-lethal tactics to attempt to apprehend Castro before entering the residence. Castro was found deceased with self-inflicted gunshot wounds before 8 p.m.

"MPD worked to process the scene late into Friday evening and is conducting a full investigation into the incident.

"Rodriguez was a firefighter with the Midland Fire Department, where he worked for more than 10 years. MFD officials have asked that the public respect the family and department's privacy as they mourn the loss of their fellow firefighter."


Argument On Porch Leaves Two Dead

"VALEJO, CA — A man shot and killed a woman in Vallejo on Thursday before turning the gun on himself, police said.

"The shooting happened on the 1000 block of Thelma Avenue at 4:38 p.m.

"Witnesses said the man shot a woman sitting on the porch of her home and then shot himself, said Vallejo police Lt. Sid DeJesus. The two had been involved in a domestic relationship at the house, he said.

"Officers found the victims dead at the scene. Their names were not released.

"A large caliber handgun was recovered, DeJesus said."


Man Kills Elderly Mother, Self

"WELLSVILLE, PA — Police have released the names of the two people killed in a murder/suicide Thursday in Warrington Township, York County.

"Police said 57-year-old Donald Cassel, Jr. shot and killed his mother, 81-year-old Shirley Westheafer. Police said he then turned the gun on himself.

"Police said the shooting happened in a bedroom at a home on 25 Rocky Wood Lane around 2:20 p.m.

"Police said Cassel's wife was home and heard the shots and called police. All three lived in the house together.

"There's still no word on a possible motive.

"The woman who made the 911 call was not injured."


Cop, Wife Found Shot to Death In Home

"BRANDON, MS — The Rankin County Sheriff's office is investigating the death of a Hinds County Sheriff's Deputy and his wife.

"They were found dead in their home on 126 Caledonian Blvd. in Rankin County around 9 o'clock Wednesday night.

"Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey confirms that 34-year-old Chris Smith was found with his wife, 27-year-old Amber Smith, in a master bedroom.

"Authorities were responding to a 911 call of shots fired.

"The caller stated that the Smiths two young children came to their house told them their dad may have shot their mother.

"Sheriff Bryan Bailey said, `The deputies responded and secured the house, then learned from the oldest child, the parents had been arguing, they went in a bedroom shut the door and locked it, then they heard two gunshots.`

"When deputies entered the home they found a pistol they believe was used in the shooting.

"Sheriff Bailey says his office is awaiting crime lab results before making a ruling on the manner of deaths.

"The couple's two children were placed in the care of their grandmother.

"Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis says, `It's a sad day for the law enforcement community.` He asks for the public to pray for this family.

"Deputies also responded to a call at the home 10 days ago for a `non-violent domestic issue.`

"Chris Smith has been with Hinds SO since 2004. He was currently working with specialized drug task force.

"Sheriff Tyrone Lewis said, `It's not a good day for law enforcement. Law enforcement is a fraternal organization, that when something like this happens it touches us worldwide so were not pleased with it. Were asking everyone to respect the family, and pray for the family.`"


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Woman Killed In Grade School Parking Lot

"GRIFFITH, IN — A Chicago woman on Monday afternoon was shot dead in a grade school parking lot by her estranged husband who then fled and killed himself moments later, authorities said.

"Officers responded to a call of shots fired outside St. Mary Catholic School, at 525 N. Broad St., in Griffith, Ind., at about 4:30 p.m. and arrived to find a woman identified as Nina Castro lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance said.

"He said her husband, Remanard Castro, sped from the scene on a motorcycle, and Griffith police notified Gary police that he might be headed back to his residence in the 600 block of Roosevelt Street in Gary.

"A Gary police officer spotted Castro minutes later, alerted police and followed him to his house, where he found Castro with a handgun in the garage at the rear of the house, police said.

"The officer ordered Castro to drop his weapon, but Castro shot himself, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram Sr. said, adding that he was pronounced dead at the scene."

From NBC Chicago...

Relative Finds Elderly Couple Dead

"WEYMOUTH, MA — The Norfolk County District Attorney's office is investigating an apparent murder/suicide that took place at a home in Weymouth Tuesday morning.

"Police responded to the home at 15 Dunbar Rd. at around 7:15 a.m., just after a family member who makes regular morning visits to the home arrived to find Elizabeth and Donald Coyne dead.

"Elizabeth, 81, and Donald, 83, suffered apparent gunshot wounds. Donald Coyne was found with a .25 caliber pistol that he owned at his side.

"While the crime scene investigation at the home has been completed, official results of an autopsy for both are still pending.

"The couple had lived in the house on Dunbar Road for several decades, and Weymouth police had no previous involvement with the family, according to a spokesman for the Norfolk County DA's office. The couple also had no known history of domestic violence, officials said."

From FOX Boston...

Man Finds Wife, Daughter Dead

"MESA, AZ — Police believe that a woman and girl found dead in a Mesa home Monday were part of a murder/suicide.

"Officers responded to a home on East Ingram Street Monday afternoon after a man arrived home from work and found his wife and daughter dead.

"Police have identified the 45-year-old woman as Marcia Wentzel and the 12-year-old girl as her daughter Caitlin.

"Both had reportedly been suffering from `debilitating, long-term medical conditions,` according to Mesa police.

"Inside the home, officials also found two suicide notes.

"It appears that the cause of death may have been asphyxiation or prescription drug overdose, but a medical examiner has not yet confirmed the cause.

"No suspects are in custody and police do not believe anyone else was involved.

"The investigation is ongoing."


Parking Lot Shooter Found Dead In Home

"CUMBERLAND, GA — A woman shot outside Cumberland Mall Monday afternoon died at a local hospital, and her suspected shooter was later found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said this morning.

"Violet Lambert, 55, of Atlanta, was shot just before 2:30 p.m. Monday in a parking lot on the west side of the Cobb Parkway mall, according to Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce. Lambert was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she died.

"`According to witnesses, the male who shot her got into a white van and was last seen leaving the area,` Pierce said in an email. `A short time later, the white van was discovered parked at a residence in East Point.`

"He said that after obtaining a search warrant, detectives, assisted by East Point police and a Fulton County SWAT team, entered the home and found 59-year-old Danny Wray Brown of East Point dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound."


Monday, April 21, 2014

Police Salute As Body Removed From Scene

"CHICAGO, IL — A Cook County sheriff's office correctional officer apparently shot to death his wife, a Chicago police officer, inside their Southwest Side home Sunday morning before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

"Javier Acevedo and his wife, Veronica Rizzo-Acevedo, were found dead about 5 a.m. inside their home on 5314 South Austin Avenue, according to Cook County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cara Smith. Chicago police said the deaths are being investigated as an apparent murder/suicide but released no other information as of Sunday evening.

"`It is a tremendous tragedy any day, particularly for Easter Sunday,` Smith said.

"Smith said the two, both 50 years old, were found inside a bedroom.

"Rizzo-Acevedo’s adult daughter heard the gunfire in the Garfield Ridge home and called 911, according a law enforcement source.

"Smith said Javier Acevedo was a 25-year veteran and worked at the county jail.

"Rizzo-Acevedo had served as a Chicago police officer for nearly two decades, Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement Sunday.

"`Officer Veronica Rizzo-Acevedo's death earlier today in a domestic murder-suicide is an awful tragedy for her family, her friends, her colleagues in the Chicago Police Department, and the people of this city,` he said.

"A fire department responder discovered a gun lying under Javier Acevedo's body, and the two were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the law enforcement source.

"Police could be seen saluting as one of the victim’s bodies was removed from the home around 9 a.m."

From the Chicago Tribune...

Shopping Center Shooter Found Dead At Grocery Store

"KENNESAW, GA — A 23-year-old man was found shot to death in the roadway near Red Lobster in Cobb County early Saturday morning. And the man they believe killed him allegedly committed suicide at a Kroger in Acworth, investigators said.

"So far, police have not released motive for the murder/suicide and they have not said how they were able to identify the suspect in the shooting.

"Around 12:20 a.m., officers responded to the scene near Red Lobster at 2626 George Busbee Pkwy. in Kennesaw after someone called 911 to report that a person had been shot, according to Cobb County police.

"When uniform officers arrived, they located the man in the roadway with an apparent gunshot wound, police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said. The victim, later identified as 23-year-old Zakeem Berry of Kennesaw, was transported by ambulance to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he died as a result of at least one gunshot wound, Bowman said.

"Police did not say where in the body the man was shot. It was also unclear whether he was shot at the scene or simply left there.

"The suspected shooter, 23-year-old Richard Holcomb, of Rydal, was later located at the Kroger at 3895 Cherokee St. in Acworth, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Bowman said. He was transported by ambulance to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he later died from his injury, the spokesman said.

"So far, police have not released any details on the circumstances surrounding the double shooting or the relationship between the suspect and the victim. It’s also unclear if the weapon used in the suicide is also the murder weapon.

"They also have not released any details on how the suspect was found."


Police Unclear On Relationship Of Dead Couple

"SANTA FE, TX — Santa Fe police are investigating the shooting deaths of two people as a murder/suicide, officials said.

"Police went to a home on 10415 South Morningview after someone called 911 about 1:50 p.m. Friday and reported two people dead there, police said.

"Police identified the two as Arvil Lee Cook, 75, and Brenda Ann Cook, 57. Their relationship was unclear late Friday.

"After a preliminary investigation, police said they believe the shooting deaths were an apparent murder/suicide.

"Autopsies are scheduled."


Shooter Calls Son To Confess, Later Found Dead

"NEWTON, TX — The Newton Police Department is investigating an apparent murder/suicide.

"Sgt. Givien Kelley with the Newton Police Department told [reporters] that Donald Powell, 66, shot and killed his mother Pauline Powell, 88, with a .38 revolver. He said the shooting happened in Pauline Powell's house on Fair Park Street around 6 p.m. Thursday.

"Sgt. Kelley said Donald Powell then called his son in Arlington to tell him what he did. He said Mr. Powell told his son he was considering killing himself. His son called police to alert them and by the time they arrived, they found both dead in the home.

"Kelley says it appears Donald Powell suffered from schizophrenia."


Friday, April 18, 2014

Lady Shooter Dead, Husband Hospitalized

"INDIANAPOLIS, IN — A woman shot her husband and then killed herself on the Southwestside late Thursday, hours after the murder/suicide of two Indianapolis police officers, authorities said.

"Police were called about 10:15 p.m. to 7356 Jackie Lane, dispatchers said. That’s north of Southport Road and east of Mooresville Road.

"The deceased woman is Jill Rogers, 48, said Alfarena Ballew, Marion County chief deputy coroner.

"The wounded man is Rex Bernard, Ballew said.

"Bernard was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed. The 42-year-old was reported to be in fair condition as of Friday afternoon."


Dead Cops Found In Home

"INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Indianapolis police officers were grieving and reeling Thursday as word spread through the force that two of their own were dead—a husband and wife who had separated, and died in a murder/suicide.

"Sgt. Ryan Anders and officer Kim Carmack were found dead about 5:40 p.m. inside a home on 2441 Inishmore Court, near West 21st Street and Country Club Road on the Far Westside. Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said the two died of gunshot wounds.

"Riggs said that someone had called police for a welfare check at that home. Once SWAT officers were at the scene but before they entered the home, police learned that a neighbor heard gunshots earlier that day, Riggs said. Police are unsure how long Anders and Carmack had been dead before they were found.

"Carmack had obtained a protective order against Anders, and he was on administrative leave because of a domestic-violence issue, Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite said at a news conference. The couple's divorce was finalized last October, court records show.

"`We had concerns about both of them,` Hite said. `They were counseled. They were given directions, and we also were made aware of his (Anders') whereabouts.`

"In addition, Anders' department-issued weapons had been taken from him, although it was not clear when that happened. Riggs said it is standard procedure to temporarily take away the firearm of an officer being investigated for domestic violence accusations.

"Anders had been offered help and his whereabouts were being monitored with technology, which Hite did not describe.

"But the scene at the home showed the determination involved: A door was forced open, Hite said.

"`That speaks volumes.`"

Read more at INDYSTAR...

Bystander Rescues Mom, Kids From Watery Grave

"FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ — Joann Smith drover her van down a boat ramp and into the Delaware River with her children inside.

"The three kids, ages 13 to 15 began screaming and trying to call 911 on their cell phones.

"Their father, Jeffrey Smith received a chilling call from his daughter at 6:30 p.m., but he was too far away to help.

"Luckily, Darnell Taylor and his wife were driving nearby and heard the screaming.

"Taylor jumped into the freezing water to help. `I couldn't get the window open because the window in the van was not a pop-out window,` he told [reporters].

"The three children struggled inside while Taylor tried to help.

"`I kept telling the young lady to kick the window out, and she kicked it out,` he said.

"The kids and their mother scrambled safely to shore.

"Police in Florence Township, New Jersey arrested Joann Smith and charged her with three counts of attempted murder and child endangerment. A minor cut to a leg to one of the kids was the only injury.

"Taylor downplayed his part of the rescue but did recall one thing he thought was odd.

"He said Smith `only said thank you` one time during the rescue. "

From KRMG...

"A Tragic Act Of Domestic Violence"

"STOWE, VT — Authorities have identified the two people killed in an apparent murder-suicide that police are calling `a tragic act of domestic violence.`

"According to a press release issued by the Stowe Police Department, police believe 64-year-old Wayne Washburn murdered his 59-year-old wife, Katherine Washburn, and then committed suicide.

"Police found the bodies of Wayne and Katherine Washburn at their home at 262 Cady Hill Road in Stowe at 4:38 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday morning, police said their investigation indicated the incident was a murder/suicide. They identified the victims and provided more details late Thursday afternoon.

"Police said Katherine Washburn had suffered `severe injuries to her head,` although her exact cause of death had not yet been determined.

"Police said evidence suggests Wayne Washburn may have `overdosed on prescription medication in conjunction with deliberate carbon monoxide poisoning.`

"The department is awaiting further information from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner."


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Couple Found Dead In RV Park

"WILLIS, TX — Management of the Thousand Trails RV Park was awaiting the arrival of next of kin Wednesday morning after what the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said was a murder/suicide involving a husband and wife shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday.

"According to the MCSO, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 11700 block of Thousand Trails Road in North Montgomery County at 11 p.m. after dispatchers received a 911 call in reference to the shooting.

"A man telephoned 911 dispatchers shortly and stated he had just been informed by his father-in-law that he had shot his wife and was going to take his own life.

"Upon arrival at the location, deputies discovered Donald Jacobson, 69, and his wife Lucille Jacobson, 65, both dead inside their RV at the scene, according to Lt. Brady Fitzgerald.

"Lucille Jacobson was found with multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body. Donald Jacobson had a gunshot wound to his head, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

"Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigators Unit were dispatched to the location.

"What led to the shooting remains under investigation, Fitzgerald said, while detectives continue to review evidence."

From the Courier...

Police Investigate Death Of Elderly Couple

"BERLIN, MD — Local authorities remain on the scene this afternoon investigating a suspected murder/suicide on Williams Street in Berlin.

"The Berlin Police Department received an initial call this morning at 8 for a shooting. The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) responded to the scene at 603 Williams Street as well as the Md. State Police Homicide Unit.

"Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ed Schreier confirmed at noon today that authorities believe the male resident of the house, Lester Wright, 89, shot his wife, Ada, 90, and then tried to kill himself. Lester Wright was found alive on the scene, but died later at the hospital.

"`They are investigating this as a suspected murder/suicide. A female was shot twice. The male had what appeared to be three self-inflicted gun wounds. He was transported to PRMC and died at PRMC. She was found deceased in the residence,` Schreier said. `It’s still currently being investigated.`

"Schreier said part of the probe is determining a possible motive for the incident involving the long-time Berlin residents.

"`At this point in time, we do not have any of that information,` Schreier said. `We can’t speculate as to the reason why at this point.`"

Source: The Dispatch...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Breakup With Bullets

"AVENTURA, FL — A man fatally shot his girlfriend and then killed himself in what police are calling a murder/suicide early Tuesday morning in Aventura.

"The shooting occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. at the Promenade at Aventura townhomes ‎on East Country Club Drive.

"Aventura police said Jonathan Dejman, 39, and Stephanie Mizrachi, 24, of Boca Raton, had been dating for a couple of years, but they were in the process of breaking up.

"Police said the couple had dinner with Mizrachi's family Monday night and came back to his townhome in Aventura.

"At some point, Mizrachi called her sister and said Dejman wouldn't let her leave, police said.

"Dejman shot her three times as she was sitting in her car and then shot himself in the parking lot, police said.

"Jail records show the couple was arrested in a domestic-related incident last year."


Victim & Perp Survive Botched Murder/Suicide

"LAS VEGAS, NV — Metro Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide attempt today in Las Vegas.

"At 5:20 p.m., authorities responded to reports of a shooting on the 1000 block of East Oakey Boulevard, near South Tenth Street. A man shot a woman and then shot himself, Metro Lt. David Valenta said.

"Police believe the shooting was related to a domestic dispute, Valenta said, but the relation of the two people was not immediately available.

"Both the man and woman survived the gunshot wounds and have been transported to hospitals in critical condition.

"The shooting is still under investigation."

Source: Las Vegas Sun...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Firemen Suspect Bomb At Scene Of Murder/Suicide

"LAKE CHARLES, LA — The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating what appears to be a murder/suicide at a home on Dolphin Drive in south Lake Charles.

"Sheriff Tony Mancuso said at this time, the suspect has been transported to the hospital in grave condition but does still have a pulse. The victim's body was found inside the home.

"Mancuso said while containing the house fire, officials may have seen what looked like an explosive device. Fire crews are working on putting out hotspots from a distance until the Louisiana State Police bomb squad arrives and gives the okay.

"Mancuso said it is too early to say how the victim died, but early witness accounts indicate the suspect shot himself in his front yard after the victim died.

"The identities of the victim and suspect have not yet been released pending notification of kin."


Cops Find Apartment Shooter Dead In Car

"PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix police officers are investigating a possible murder/suicide in which three children were found unharmed in an apartment with one of the victims, according to a police spokesman.

"Investigators believe a man killed a woman at a west Phoenix apartment complex late Sunday and drove about 10 miles before killing himself, said Officer James Holmes, a Phoenix police spokesman.

"Police received a 911 call at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday from a man who said he killed his wife and that she was in an apartment near 79th Avenue and McDowell Road, Holmes said.

"When officers arrived to the apartment and forced entry, they found a 33-year-old woman dead from an apparent gunshot wound, Holmes said.

"Officers also located three children, ages 1, 4 and 12, in the apartment but police believe the children were sleeping and did not witness the incident, Holmes said.

"Investigators later developed information that indicated the shooter may be driving a maroon sedan in the area of 15th Avenue and Indian School Road, Holmes said.

"A police helicopter located the vehicle and when ground crews arrived, according to Holmes, they found a 32-year-old man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."


Gunshot Victims Found In "Suspicious Vehicle"

"MESA, AZ — Around 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Mesa police responded to a call at Poston Junior High School at Adobe and 25th streets.

"Some neighbors who had arrived at the school to exercise on the premises placed a call to the police after they `noticed a vehicle that appeared suspicious` in the south parking lot, Sgt. Tony Landato said.

"The neighbors had only noticed one man inside who wasn't responding, but Mesa police took over and found an injured, unresponsive female.

"The woman was transported to a hospital but soon pronounced dead there.

"The man was already dead in the vehicle when police arrived.

"Landato said it appears to be a murder/suicide situation, and he could not disclose the nature of the couple's deaths.

"Landato said the department is also working on identifying the two deceased individuals and figuring out their relation to each other. He said they are both adults and don't appear to be related to the school where they were parked."

From KTAR...

Restaurant Shooting, Abduction Ends In Burned-Out Home

"LAVONIA, GA — Three people died early Sunday morning in northeast Georgia after a man killed his former wife, her boss and himself, said Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland.

"Cleveland said the shootings began shortly after midnight inside Frohmuller’s Grill on a rural stretch of Rock Springs Road near Hartwell Lake in Hart County. They ended about 15 miles away in Franklin County.

"Sammy Chumley entered the restaurant, where his ex-wife worked, and began shooting, Cleveland said. Chumley’s ex-wife protested as the shots began, Cleveland said.

"According to witness reports, the restaurant’s owner, Jason Forkin, began running when the shooting began, and was struck by a bullet, Cleveland said. Forkin was also shot in the head, Cleveland added.

"`There were multiple shots fired before the fatal shot to the head,` Cleveland said.

"Chumley fled with his ex-wife, who was held at gunpoint, before deputies arrived at the restaurant, Cleveland said. They went to a burned house in Franklin County, where Chumley had lived at one point, in a car she brought to work, Cleveland added.

"Sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., Chumley killed his ex-wife and then turned the gun on himself, Cleveland said. Franklin County deputies heard shots as they arrived to search for him in the burned home, he added.

"Both Chumley and his ex-wife were from Franklin County, Cleveland said. Forkin had relatives in Texas, he added.

"Cleveland said he had not determined a motive for the shootings.

"`People who knew him (Chumley) said he was real possessive of his ex-wife,` Cleveland said.

"The former couple had two small children, Cleveland said. He said they were staying with family Sunday afternoon.

"The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the case, Cleveland said. They are not looking for other suspects, he added."


Gunshot Victims Found On Roadway

"FRESNO, CA — A man is dead and his wife critically wounded in an apparent attempted murder-suicide in northwest Fresno late Saturday night.

"Fresno police were called to the 6100 block of North Benedict Avenue just before 11 p.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, they found a man and woman in the roadway, both with single gunshot wounds.

"The man, 57-year-old Fresno resident Paul Wayne Motley, was dead at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"The woman lying next to Motley, who was identified as his wife, was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment and is listed in critical condition.

"The incident occurred at West Escalon Avenue and North Benedict, completely closing down Benedict. Police received a call of shots fired shortly before midnight from a cul-de-sac on Benedict.

"Fresno police said the investigation is ongoing.

"Homicide detectives said Motley's wife recently filed for divorce and the couple had been separated since January. Motley confronted his wife Saturday evening after she parked her vehicle and shot her before shooting himself."

Source: Fresno Bee...

Cops Find Dead Perp After Dad Finds Dead Daughter

"LAWRENCEVILLE, GA — Authorities are investigating an apparent case of murder/suicide that was discovered in Lawrenceville Saturday afternoon.

"According to Sgt. Brian Doan with the Gwinnett County Police Department, authorities were called to 2824 Jordan Woods Drive in unincorporated Lawrenceville following reports of a decease female that had been found at the scene.

"The victim’s father had apparently traveled to the residence after his daughter, later identified as 32-year-old Patricia Murray, failed to contact him. Upon arrival, he discovered his deceased daughter’s body and immediately placed a call to 911.

"Doan said Gwinnett Police responded to the call quickly, and were in the process of carrying out a thorough search of the residence when they came across the body of a deceased male in a separate part of the home. The male, 34-year-old Raul Covarrubias, is believed to have killed Murray before taking his own life.

"An investigation into the matter is ongoing at this time, and no other details have been released."


Woman Hears Two Shots, Police Find Two Bodies

"SHORELINE, WA — King County deputies are investigating an apparent murder/suicide in Shoreline that left a husband and wife dead on Saturday.

"A family member [told reporters] that the husband and wife are Nicholas Herschberger and Laurel Hoffman.

"Larson of the King County Sheriff’s Office said she could not identify the couple, but that the two were in their 30s.

"Larson said just before 9 a.m. a woman called 911 to report hearing two shots fired in her home on 530 NE 175th Street.

"According to deputies, the woman went downstairs to find her daughter-in-law on the floor and that she appeared to be shot.

"Officers helped get the woman and her 2-year-old grandchild out of the house safely. But inside, they found both her son and daughter-in-law dead.

"Authorities said the woman lived with her son, his wife and their child.

"Larson said it was not clear whether the husband or wife was the shooter."


One Dead, One Critical After SWAT Standoff

"DAYTON, OH — A woman is in critical condition after she was shot in the head by her husband in what Dayton police described as an attempted murder/suicide on Saturday.

"Police responded at approximately 10 a.m. to check on the welfare of a woman at the home in the 700 block of Hodapp Avenue.

"The officers called in reinforcements after hearing three distinct gunshots from inside the home, according to Assistant Police Chief Robert Chabali.

"Nearby roads and intersections were blocked and neighbors told to stay indoors as armed officers surrounded the home.

"After more than two hours with no contact, SWAT officers went inside and found a woman who had been shot at least once. The officers also discovered the body of a man who had apparently shot himself, Chabali said.

"The man was identified as 45-year-old Dustin Leonard, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, and the victim is 38-year-old Jasmine Leonard.

"Chabali said they were married, but a temporary protection order was in place against Dustin Leonard.

"`We're hopeful the SWAT team was able to rescue her and save her life,` Chabali said.

"Jasmine Leonard was listed in critical condition Sunday night at Miami Valley Hospital, according to officials.

"The incident appears to be an attempted murder and suicide with Dustin Leonard the aggressor, shooting his wife and then turning the gun on himself, according to police. A semi-automatic handgun was found in the home."

Read more at the Dayton Daily News...

Three Found Dead In Retirement Community

"WILMINGTON, NC — New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon confirmed Saturday a murder-suicide happened inside a home in Porters Neck.

"Three people, identified as Darrell Simpson, 79, Linda Simpson, 79, and Steven Heald, 59, were found dead inside a home in a retirement community in northern New Hanover County Friday afternoon.

"Deputies discovered the three dead Friday after responding to a check welfare call in the 7700 block Meadowlark Lane, which is in the Porters Neck area.

"Officials say that a crime occurred but was contained inside the house.

"Police aren't looking for any suspects at this time and that there is no danger to the community.

"Sheriff McMahon did not release any more details on exactly what they believe took place inside the home."


Authorities Identify Dead Couple

"WACONIA, MN — A man and a woman in their 60s who were found dead at their home in Waconia Township on Tuesday have been identified.

"According to the Carver County Sheriff's Office, 62-year-old Beverly Gongoll and 62-year-old Kenneth Gongoll died in a murder/suicide.

"Kenneth Gongoll first shot and killed Beverly before killing himself, according to authorities.

"The couple was found at their home on 10585 Elm Creek Road.

"The sheriff's office is conducting an investigation, and no further details have been released at this time."


Elderly Couple, Dog Found Shot To Death

"SEABROOK, SC — In Beaufort County, deputies are investigating the murder/suicide of an elderly Seabrook couple.

"Brown’s Island Road is a quiet neighborhood in the deep parts of Seabrook.

"A lot of older people live there, that’s why deputies make random health and welfare checks, especially at the home where 81-year old Brian Chinn and 80-year old Jeanette Chinn lived.

"Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen says Thursday’s check up was anything but routine, `Their son had called a neighbor to check on them, when he tried to reach his parents. He initially thought something was wrong with the phone,` says Coroner Ed Allen with Beaufort County.

"Allen says once at the house, a neighbor looked through the window and saw the couple lying in a bedroom, that’s when the neighbor called 9-1-1. Once inside, deputies found the couple and their dog shot to death, `At this point the investigation indicate a homicide-suicide, very tragic situation,` says Allen.

"Allen says they noticed a gun by the couple and that both of them were shot, `We are going to subpoena some medical records. I’m speaking with some family members, nothing has been confirmed,`says Allen.

"An autopsy was performed. Allen says this Sunday would have been Jeanette Chinn’s 81st birthday."


Friday, April 11, 2014

Police Unsure If Survivor Is Perp Or Vic

"CUSSETA, AL — One man is dead and another is wounded after what Chambers County authorities are calling a murder/attempted suicide that happened in Cusseta, Ala. on Tuesday night.

"There are very limited details at this point, but Chambers County authorities [say] they responded to a call of a shooting last night around 7:30.

"When they arrived to the home on the 2000 block of County Road 177, they found the body of 29-year-old Patrick Duffee and his stepfather Steve Sorrells suffering from a gunshot wound.

"Sorrells was air lifted to the Midtown Medical Center in Columbus where he underwent surgery.

"Authorities say if Sorrells does recover, there is no word on if or what charges he could be facing.

"`It's too early to tell right now,` said Major Mike Parrish with the Chambers County Sheriff's Department. `We're not sure if it was self-defense or what.`

"Authorities are in the process of interviewing a family member who was home at the time of the shooting and made the 911 call.

"Right now Sorrells is listed in satisfactory condition.

"There are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the death of Patrick Duffee.

"Authorities have not revealed a motive at this time."


Brothers Found Dead On Farm

"ANDREWS, SC — The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office found two brothers dead Tuesday near Andrews in what may be a case of murder/suicide.

"Williamsburg County Coroner Harrison McKnight said he heard from the sheriff's office just before 1 p.m. that two men had been found dead on a farm on Cedar Creek Road off S.C. 41 between Andrews and Jamestown. He identified the men as Fred Joseph Felder, 57, of Charleston and Calvin S. Felder, 64, of Mount Pleasant.

"The coroner said it appeared a friend of one of the men had found the brothers after not being able to get in touch with him on the phone. The cause of death appeared to be gun shots, McKnight said. He said the incident may be a murder-suicide, but that the scene and the incident continue to be investigated by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the sheriff’s office.

"The bodies of the two men are being sent to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for autopsies."


Deadly Birthday

"FORT WASHINGTON, MD — A man murdered his ex-wife in the parking lot of a Fort Washington, Md., apartment complex on her birthday, Prince George's County Police said.

"Officers were called to the Westwood Place Apartments on Jaywick Avenue around 1 a.m. Wednesday and found Lester Lee Fletcher Jr., 32, and Michelle Miranda-Fletcher, 32, dead in the parking lot of apparent gunshot wounds.

"Investigators believe Michelle was returning home from celebrating her 32nd birthday and found her ex-husband waiting for her when she arrived. Police say Lester drove up to her car and threatened her before shooting her multiple times. He then turned the gun on himself. The couple had a 13-year-old son.

"`My nerves are torn up. I feel like I'm in a safe neighborhood and here somebody was murdered in the parking lot,` one resident said.

"The couple filed for divorce last September. It was finalized last month."

From NBC Washington...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Family Of Three Found Dead In Home

"HOT SPRINGS, AR — The Garland County Sheriff's Office responded to a call to check on the residents at the 800 block of Blacksnake Road around 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

"The complainant told deputies that no one had heard from or seen the residents at that address since Saturday and were worried about their welfare.

"When deputies arrived, they looked inside and saw an unresponsive person lying on the floor. They then went inside the home and found the other bodies. They are identified as Judy Ritter (50), her husband David Ritter (49) and their son, Jonathan Ritter (23).

"The initial investigation leads Deputies to believe that Judy and David Ritter were victims’ of a homicide, committed by Jonathan, and that Jonathan then committed suicide.

"At this point there is no indication of a motive and the cause of death will be determined as the investigation continues, according to Sheriffs."


Police Find Man, Pregnant Woman Shot

"LAS CRUCES, NM — Las Cruces Police are investigating what appears to be a murder/suicide that occurred shortly after noon Monday on the 1800 block of Sexton Street.

"Police were called at around 12:20 p.m. Monday, April 7, to the Sexton Apartments at 1850 Sexton St. Upon arrival, officers found a man and woman inside an apartment. Both had gunshot wounds.

"The 30-year-old woman, who was pregnant, was treated on scene and then transported to Mountain View Regional Medical Center. Investigators learned that the woman and her unborn child did not survive, and were pronounced dead at the hospital.

"Police found a 32-year-old man in the apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Detectives also learned that a toddler was in the apartment at the time of the shooting. He was not injured.

"Detectives are still trying to determine what led to the shooting."


Monday, April 7, 2014

Deadly Interlude

"MONTOURSVILLE, PA — A romantic interlude that went bad is what state police believe may have led to the shooting death of a Williamsport man.

"Investigators Monday said they may never know all the facts because the woman they think shot Edward Joseph White Jr., 78, committed suicide about 10 hours later.

"A state trooper said he saw Jacqueline Delguerico, 28, of Williamsport, shoot herself in the head as she was driving east in the 1800 block of East Third Street in Loyalsock Twp. with city police cruisers following her.

"Troopers said she was driving her car, not White's car, as Williamsport Assistant Police Chief Tim Miller had reported Sunday. The car veered off Third Street into the side of a building owned by Schneider Valley Farms.

"Trooper Tyson Havens said Monday White considered Delguerico his girlfriend. They had driven separately to Walmart in Montoursville Saturday night and a video shows the two argued before he got into her car, he said.

"About 11:45 p.m. Saturday, borough police were sent to Fairview Drive north of Mulberry Street for what was thought was a hit-run victim.

"When emergency personnel discovered White had been shot, state police took over the investigation. White was pronounced dead at 12:40 a.m. Sunday at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

"Police had notified surrounding police departments to be on the lookout for Delguerico’s car and a city police officer spotted it about 10:30 a.m.

"She refused to stop and continued at normal speed out of the city to where she shot herself as other units were converging, police said.

"The hand gun Delguerico used to kill herself had been reported stolen in South Williamsport last week. Borough Police Chief Robert Hetner said officers had been trying to locate her to question her about the theft.

"A state parole official said officers also had been looking for Delguerico. She was on supervision on theft and drug paraphernalia charges from Lackawanna County, he said.

"Delguerico had voluntarily appeared at a district judge’s office last Monday to answer a summons on state police theft and receiving stolen property charges. She was accused of stealing $267 from a restaurant where she had been a manager.

"Six suicide notes were found in her car, Havens said, leading investigators into believing she intended to take her own life.

"Whether someone else was in the car at the time of the shooting is part of the ongoing investigation, police said."


Unnamed Pair Involved In Attempted Murder/Suicide

"LOS ANGELES, CA — Authorities say a man shot himself in the head after critically wounding his ex-girlfriend in a home in South Los Angeles Saturday.

"The man was declared dead at the scene. The female victim, who was shot in the chest, is in critical condition at California Hospital Medical Center, Senior LAPD Officer Bob Bermudez said.

"The shooting occurred just before 3:50 p.m. in the 1500 block of West 70th Street, police said.

"The case was being investigated as an attempted murder/suicide, Bermudez said.

"Both the shooter and the victim are in their in their 40s, according to 77th Street Station Lt. Manny Martinez."

From CBS LA...

Dad Hangs Himself After Fatally Slashing Daughter, 3

"WOODRIDGE, IL — A 34-year-old Woodridge man fatally stabbed his 3-year-old daughter Friday and took his own life, police said Saturday.

"Robert Bzdek hanged himself in a bedroom of the house on 2705 Meadowdale Lane after stabbing the girl and was found by his teen stepson, who called police, according to a family member.

"`I watched as they carried... my limp sister out the door,` 17-year-old Emanuel Szyszka wrote in an email.

"Woodridge police released no details about what led to the killing but called it a murder/suicide. Police found the two after being called to the home about 4:30 p.m. Friday, a news release said.

"Robert Bzdek was pronounced dead at the scene, and Zuzanna Bzdek was taken to Edward Hospital and Health Services in Naperville, where she died in surgery, according to police."

Source: Chicago Tribune...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Bodies Found Days After 911 Call

"LA CENTER, WA — The Clark County sheriff's office says an older couple died in a murder/suicide shooting at a home near La Center.

"Deputies were called to the home Monday by a man who had not heard from his mother for several days.

"They entered the house and found the bodies of 70-year-old Fay Marie Allen and 71-year-old Milton `Wayne` Allen. The sheriff's office says evidence indicates he shot her and then took his own life.

"There was a hang-up 911 call from the home three days earlier. The sheriff's office says a deputy was dispatched but the call was canceled. The deputy has been placed on leave for an internal investigation."


"It Was A Bad Situation"

"RUSSELVILLE, KY — Two people are dead after an ex-boyfriend chased down the mother of his children in an apartment complex off of 9th Street in Russellville on Wednesday afternoon, shooting her and then himself.

"At approximately 3:30 p.m., 911 dispatch received several calls of a black male wielding a gun while chasing a white female at Logan Heights apartments. When officers arrived it was too late for 34-year-old Melissa Green, who was lifeless on the ground where 48-year-old Kenneth Temple had shot her in the head.

"According to Detective Kenneth Edmonds, of the Russellville Police Department, Temple was still alive when he arrived on scene.

"`I asked him to put down his weapon,` said Edmonds, who added that he gave the command twice before Temple turned the gun on himself. `It was a bad situation.`"

Read more at The Telegraph...

3 Dead, 16 Wounded In Military Base Rampage

"FORT HOOD, TX — Four people remain hospitalized after a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood that ended when the gunman committed suicide.

"Officials with Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple on Friday said three patients are in serious condition while a fourth person is in good condition.

"Authorities initially said just three seriously injured victims were still at the Central Texas hospital late Thursday. The information was later updated to indicate a person listed as discharged was still hospitalized but in good shape.

"Wednesday's shooting spree has been blamed on Spc. Ivan Lopez, who turned his gun on himself after killing three people and wounding 16 others.

"Post officials say the Army truck driver from Puerto Rico underwent treatment for depression and anxiety and was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder."


Bodies Found During Welfare Check

"SANTA ANA, CA — Authorities on Thursday identified a couple found dead in an apparent murder/suicide in their Santa Ana home.

"Freda Griep Bryson, 78, and Michael James Worden, 71, were found in a bedroom of their single-story patio home in the Shady Hollow Park Center Home Association in the 2100 block of East Wellington Avenue, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

"The bodies were discovered after a woman called police shortly before 6 p.m. to ask for help checking on her mother, whom she `hadn’t heard from in some time,` Santa Ana police Cmdr. Eric Paulson said.

"The daughter met the officers at the home and let them in with a spare key, Paulson said.

"The officers found the bodies of Bryson and Worden, who had lived together for 25 years, in bed with fatal gunshot wounds, Bertagna said.

"Police recovered a handgun they believe was used in the shootings, which they are investigating as a murder/suicide, Bertagna said. A suicide note was found in the bedroom, but its contents have not been revealed, he said. `Detectives believe he shot her and then shot himself.`

"An autopsy performed on Worden concluded he died of `gunshot wounds of the head` and his death was ruled a suicide, said Supervising Deputy Coroner Kelly Keyes. Bryson’s autopsy is scheduled to be performed later this week.

"It wasn’t immediately clear how long the bodies were in the home before they were discovered."


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kid Crawls Through Window, Finds Bodies

"MILLERS CREEK, NC — A woman died Monday and a man died later at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem as a result of an incident investigated as a murder/suicide in Millers Creek.

"Investigators believe Reynaldo Limon-Garcia, 33, shot his wife, Araceli Davalos-Limon, 30, and then shot himself in a mobile home on lot 12 of a mobile home park at 1408 Pads Road, said Capt. Brandon Absher of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department.

"Absher said Ms. Davalos-Limon was deceased and Limon-Garcia was unconscious but alive when deputies found them lying beside each other on a bed.

"Tuesday morning, Absher said Limon-Garcia was in critical and unstable condition at Baptist. Wednesday morning, a Baptist spokesman said he had died.

"Absher said Ms. Davalos-Limon and Limon-Garcia were both shot once in the head and the handgun that investigators believe was used was between them on the bed.

"He said their three children, ages 8, 10 and 11, arrived home from school Monday afternoon and found doors of the mobile home on lot 12 locked.

"The children went to the nearby mobile home of a relative and no one answered when a person there called the mobile home on lot 12, he said.

"Family members then helped the 8-year-old crawl through a window to enter the mobile home and unlock a door. Absher said the child saw Ms. Davalos-Limon and Limon-Garcia lying on the bed but thought they were sleeping."

Read more at the Journal-Patriot...

Woman Critical, Suspect Found Dead In Home

"HOLLYWOOD, FL — A hearing will be held Wednesday in Ft. Lauderdale to determine who will have temporary custody of a two year old child whose mother was critically injured in an attempted murder/suicide.

"Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hollywood police received reports of gunfire in the 6500 block of Grant Street. When they arrived they found a car in the middle of the street and woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Witnesses reported they heard three gun shots.

"The woman, who police identified as 22-year old Carla Yesmi Eusebio Deogracia, was reportedly picking her child from a babysitter when she was shot.

"She was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition.

About a half an hour after this shooting, police received another report of gunfire, this time at 300 N 72nd Terrace.

"There officers found the body of a man. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Investigators were able to determine he was responsible for the Grant Street shooting.

"Police have not identified the couple or given a motive for the shooting."

From CBS Miami...

Sister Stabs Brother To Death, Botches Suicide Bid

"RED BANK, TN — A Red Bank man is dead after police said his younger sister stabbed him to death. Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol said it appears to be a botched murder/suicide.

"It happened in the 500 block of Lullwater Rd. shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Police found Glenda Forrest, 63, in her bedroom with self-inflicted stab wounds to the stomach. Her brother, Donald `Donnie` Barnes, 65, was found stabbed to death in his bedroom.

"It started with a welfare check Tuesday morning, after a concerned cousin told police Forrest had called and admitted to killing her older brother.

"`She let them know that she just killed her brother, and she wanted to make sure somebody would come and watch the dogs,` Christol said.

"When police arrived, they heard Forrest in pain inside of the home. She wouldn't answer the door, Christol said, so officers forced their way in. The siblings lived together at the home on Lullwater Rd., and neighbors said the two had been fighting for years.

"Tuesday morning's fight ended in murder.

"`We're working off the theory of a murder/suicide right now,` Christol said. `The injuries to [Forrest] seemed to be a lot more than superficial.`

"Christol said officers were no strangers to the home—or the sibling's strained relationship. Police have been called to the house many times throughout the years.

"`Some of them have been disorders, some domestic assaults, some medical calls,` he said."


High Speed Police Chase Ends In Suicide Crash

"TULSA, OK — A high-speed police chase ended Tuesday afternoon near 31st and Utica.

"The suspect, Roy Hanthorn, 36, was wanted out of Colorado and patrol officers received word that he was in the Tulsa area with a possibly stolen vehicle and equipped with a handgun.

"Officers located the suspect's vehicle, a gray Hyundai with Colorado license plates, and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect then allegedly took off.

"The pursuit began in north Tulsa near Apache and North Lewis Avenue. The suspect then headed downtown, when he then carjacked a woman near 100 South Elgin. The victim of the carjacking was uninjured.

"Officers continued the chase southbound on Highway 75 and then onto 21st and Utica, when the suspect drove southward to 31st and Utica.

"The suspect then allegedly shot and killed the passenger in the vehicle, then shot himself, which caused the vehicle to crash.

"Hanthorn passed away at the hospital at 8:02 p.m. His death is being handled as a suicide. The passenger, Rhiannon Vantassel, 32, was another fugitive from Colorado and was reportedly not in the vehicle against her will."

From KTUL...