Sunday, August 31, 2014

Struggle For Gun Injures Cop, Shooter On Life Support

"ESSEXVILLE, IL — A Sebawaing police officer was shot Thursday afternoon in Hampton Township.

"The shooting happened in the parking lot of the Bay County Juvenile Home, 520 W. Hampton Road, in the city of Essexville.

"Kunio Ouellette said he is not shaken by the shooting scare and believes his neighborhood is still safe, `It's been safe and I'm very confident that the employees there and the neighborhood here is just a wonderful place.`

"Sebawaing Police Chief William Owens said, `It's sickened me, I've known the officer since he was quite young.` The police officer was transporting a juvenile to the detention center around 1:20 p.m. when the juvenile grabbed the officer's gun, police said.

"Gerald Runde, chief of the Hampton Township Police Department, said the juvenile slipped the handcuffs off of his hand before struggling with the officer for his gun.

"The officer was shot in the right-hand and then the teenager shot himself, police said. The officers is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"The juvenile is on life support and in critical condition. Many neighbors in the area believe the incident was isolated and will not happen again."

From minbcnews...

Elderly Couple, Adult Children Found Dead In Home

"ELMHURST, IL — Four family members were killed in a murder-suicide Saturday evening inside a residence in west suburban Elmhurst.

"Police identified the family members as 82-year-old Francis Stack, 82-year-old Joan Stack, 48-year-old Francis Stack Jr. and 57-year-old Mary Stack. All four had gunshot wounds to the head.

"According to the DuPage County Coroner, Frank Stack Sr. committed suicide after killing his wife and two kids.

"Elmhurst police responded to the request of a well-being check around 6:45 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Chatham Avenue. They entered a home and made the terrible discovery, finding four family members dead all with gunshot wounds.

"`When the officers arrived at the scene they entered the home and found several family members deceased,` said Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth. `There is no danger to the residents or the community at this time.`

"The victims were taken to the DuPage county coroner office. The investigation is ongoing."

From CBS Chicago...

Men Found Dead In Backyard; Motive Unknown

"UNION SPRINGS, AL — The Union Springs Police Department is investigating a murder/suicide involving two males that occurred early Saturday morning.

"According to Police Chief Danny Jackson, the incident occurred at a residence near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Chunneggee Avenue.

"Police say they found the two males in the backyard of the victims home.

"Police believe that the two men knew each other. The motive of the incident is unclear at this time.

"Chief Jackson said that the victim was a resident of Union Springs, but the suspect was not.

"That is all the information that is being released at this time as police continue to investigate."


"He Was A Good Guy When He Wasn't Drinking"

"MCALESTER, OK — A man is dead and his son is in critical condition after a shooting and suicide in McAlester late Friday night. The sheriff said heavy drinking and arguing led up to the shooting.

"Pittsburg County Sheriff, Joel Kern, said the man was shot four times by his dad, who then turned the gun on himself. He said the dispute started when the son spilled Coke in the dad's car.

"Kern said the dad, William Gibson, his wife and his son Aaron were at a festival where they were asked to leave for drinking excessively.

"The sheriff said during their drive home to the 600 block of Pelican Avenue, the son spilled Coke in the car, starting an argument. The argument moved to the son's garage apartment.

"Once at home, around 11:30 Friday night, Kern said Gibson began choking his wife, threatening to kill her and his son. Gibson left his son's apartment and went to his home nearby, coming back with a 9 mm pistol, he said.

"Kern said Gibson shot his 34-year-old son four times, and when officers responded to the wife's 911 call, he shot and killed himself in police presence.

"The sheriff said he knows the family personally.

"`We've dealt with them a little bit in the past, but I personally know the family. I know they've had problems in the past, but yet, nothing this serious,` Kern said. `Yeah, I mean he's a good guy. He was a good guy, when he wasn't drinking.`

"Gibson, 66, had a history with the sheriff's department including public intoxication."


Man, Woman, Dog Dead In Condo Shooting

"CLOVIS, CA — The bodies of two adults were found Friday in a Clovis condominium, and police are investigating their deaths as an apparent murder/suicide.

"Clovis police said a despondent man made a 911 call just after 5 p.m. and claimed he had just shot a family member and was preparing to shoot himself. Sgt. Vince Weibert said the man told the 911 dispatcher that he had shot his wife and dog.

"Dozens of police vehicles closed off the main entrance to the Tollhouse Village condominiums on Tollhouse Lane near Fowler Avenue. Some of the armor-clad officers wielded a riot shield and high-powered rifles, and one carried a massive metal battering ram. Neighbors assembled behind yellow tape a few hundred feet from the crime scene.

"Sgt. Jim Koch said that officers entered the home after a wait of over two hours and found the two dead adults. Both had been shot.

"Police did not immediately release the names of the two dead people pending notification of family and the continuing investigation. Saturday afternoon, Sgt. Jim Koch said an autopsy is pending and said the preliminary investigation indicates this was a murder-suicide."

Source: Fresno Bee...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Paramedics Unable To Revive Gunshot Victims

"FORT WORTH, TX — Fort Worth police are investigating a possible murder/suicide after responding to a shooting call Wednesday night.

"Officer Sharron Neal, a police spokeswoman, said a resident of the home found the bodies of two roommates, a 44-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, after arriving home at about 6:30 p.m. .

"The resident called 911 and Fort Worth police officers arrived at the home on the 1800 block of 2 Hawks Drive a short time later to find medical personnel trying to resuscitate a man and a woman.

"Paramedics were unable to save the pair, identified at this time only as boyfriend and girlfriend, who police said each suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

"Police said four adults lived at the residence, none of whom were related to the couple.

"Investigators said they believe the deaths are a result of a murder/suicide, though they are awaiting the report from the medical examiner to confirm that suspicion. They added that they are not searching for any additional people connected to the deaths and that a weapon was recovered at the home."


Deadly Moving Day

"HOUSTON, TX — A man fatally shot his girlfriend then killed himself as she was preparing to move out of their south Houston-area home, authorities said.

"Houston police went to the home in the 1500 block of Fellows Road about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to investigate reports of a shooting in progress.

"Authorities at the scene did not identify the man or the woman but said they were both adults.

"Family members told Houston police the man was in a heated quarrel with his girlfriend when he suddenly told them to `Get out or he was going to start shooting,` police said.

"`They heard a number of gunshots as they were leaving,` said John Cannon, a Houston police spokesman. `It appears she had been shot several times.`

"HPD patrol officers arrived and questioned the family members at the scene. They called for the department's SWAT unit because the man was thought to be barricaded inside the house, possibly with several weapons.

"As SWAT officers surrounded the home, HPD negotiators tried to contact the man and the woman through their cell phones. But they were unsuccessful.

"`We believe he committed suicide after killing his girlfriend,` Cannon said.

"He was found in a front bedroom, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The motive for the apparent murder-suicide remains under investigation but Houston police said the couple had been having domestic problems. Police noted that a moving trailer was at the home.

"`Today was going to be moving out day for her,` Cannon said."


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Botched Suicide Bid Follows Murder Of TV Personality

"ST. GABRIEL, LA — Baton Rouge television personality Scott Rogers was shot and killed inside his home in St. Gabriel, La. Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say they believe his son-in-law shot and killed Rogers and then turned the gun on himself, but survived.

"The alleged gunman, identified as 36-year-old Mathew Hodgkinson, was rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Hodgkinson was also a producer of Around Town, a show Rogers hosted that airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings on WAFB-TV.

"`We have detectives at the hospital,` says Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi. `Hodgkinson is still alive. He's on a ventilator and he's sedated, but he's still alive at this time.`

"Deputies were called to the scene on 1045 Daisy Avenue at 12:40 p.m.

`"We received a call that shots were heard as somebody was entering the residence,` the Sheriff said. `On follow up, it was described as a murder/suicide scene and we're investigating it as a homicide until it's determined what we have here.`

"`It was determined that Scott Rogers was deceased and another male at the residence had received a shot to the head and was in critical condition,` said Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi.

"Hodgkinson is married to Roger's daughter, Stassi said. The sheriff said the home had been the scene of a `bunch of stress` in the past several weeks and had previously responded to calls at the home.

"`It's been topsy-turvy at this residence. We responded to a couple of calls. It's been a high stress environment for this family and looks like it culminated in this,` the Sheriff said."

Read more at WAFB...


09/04/2014 — Killer was victim's son-in-law and lover...

Suspected Killer Found Dead In Creek

"PARKERSBURG, WV — Parkersburg Police say it all started with a homicide on Saturday.

"They say Daniel Whipkey was found dead, with bruises on Lulu Street in Parkersburg.

"His roommate, Robert Gagliardi, tells them Whipkey has a history of health problems and had been drinking and fell down the steps Friday night.

"Investigators say in the initial investigation on Saturday they found a hole in the wall and other evidence to show that was possible, and no obvious signs of foul play.

"Still, with some suspicion, police sent the body for an autopsy.

"Police say autopsy results on Monday showed a different story—that Whipkey had been beaten to death.

"Investigators say neighbors also began to talk, saying the two roommates had a history of fighting.

"Police say they had intentions to interview Gagliardi again on Tuesday but instead they found his body, dead from an apparent suicide by Worthington Creek.

"While Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says it is not officially case closed without a few more interviews, they do believe the two are the only ones involved in the fight that killed Whipkey and clear evidence Gagliardi did shoot himself.

"Whipkey is 54-years-old, Gagliardi is 45-years-old."

Source: TheNewsCenter...

Shooter Botches Suicide After Killing Son, Wife

"STRATFORD, NJ — Investigators say a man fatally shot his wife and then wounded himself inside a hospital room in South Jersey Wednesday.

"In addition, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said the couple’s son was later found fatally shot at their home.

"The incident happened inside Kennedy University Hospital on E. Laurel Road in Stratford, New Jersey.

"According to investigators, 63-year-old Raymond Wychowanec went to visit his wife, 62-year-old Denise Wychowanec, at about 9:25 a.m. in a second floor room at the hospital.

"Approximately 45 minutes later, hospital staff reported hearing gunshots. Investigators said Raymond shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

"Denise Wychowanec died a short time later.

"Raymond Wychowanec was air-lifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for treatment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Officials found the body of 35-year-old Ryan Wychowanec at the couple’s home in Glendora, New Jersey later Wednesday afternoon.

"Neighbors say there appeared to be something odd about the family.

"Ian Housman says of the father, `He had seemed odd a little. He was a little funky.`

"Dan O’Brien adds, `He gave me a weird look, like a grin.`

"However neighbors say they do not recall any specific incidents at the Wychowanec home.

"Investigators are testing to see if the gun used at the hospital is the same gun used in the shooting at the home."

From CBS Philadelphia...

Police Have No Doubts In Death Of Couple

"HOT SPRINGS, AR — Hot Springs police say the death of an elderly couple whose bodies were found in their home last week was a murder/suicide.

"Authorities found the bodies of 74-year-old Irving Eugene Marshall Sr. and his 73-year-old wife Deartis M. Flanigan Marshall inside their home on 116 Mayflower Street last Tuesday.

"Police and emergency medical personnel responded to the residence after receiving a welfare check request.

"Hot Springs police said then the deaths appeared suspicious. The bodies were sent for an autopsy to the state crime lab in Little Rock.

"The department's detective Jon Burfeind says the autopsy showed Marshall killed his wife and then took his own life.

"Burfeind says, `There was no doubt it was a murder/suicide.`"


Roommates Find Four Bodies In Apartment

"TULSA, OK — Four people died in what detectives think was a murder/suicide late Monday in east Tulsa.

"Two adults and two children were found shot to death at the Bradford Townhouses near 2100 South 109th East Avenue about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"Det. Sgt. Dave Walker told [reporters] at the scene that neighbors heard noises about 9:00 p.m. but thought it was balloons popping and didn't call police.

"Roommates who lived in the apartment discovered the bodies, and ran to get neighbors to call 911.

"Det. Walker said the adult male involved lived in the apartment, and the woman and three young children had come over to visit.

"The man appears to have shot and killed the two older children, ages around three or four, then the woman, then himself.

"A young girl, about two years old, was uninjured; police said they had found possible relatives and were taking her to stay with them.

"A weapon was recovered at the scene."


Infant Found At Scene Of Murder, Suicide

"STREET, MD — A man fatally shot his girlfriend and then himself late Sunday or early Monday in the northern Harford County community of Street, the Harford County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday afternoon.

"Deputies found Sandra Marie Kerner, 40, dead in the 1500 block of Robinson Mill Road after responding to a call for a suicide at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, according to a Sheriff's Office statement.

"Deputies found Kerner after arriving to find family members on the scene, the Sheriff's Office said.

"According to the statement, the preliminary investigation showed Kerner was shot by her boyfriend, Brian Wesley Gordon, 34, sometime overnight. Gordon later left the home and used a firearm to kill himself, the Sheriff's Office said.

"An infant girl was in the home at the time of the shooting and was taken to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the statement.

"The infant had an injury on her leg but detectives did not know how it occurred, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler said.

"Both Kerner and Gordon lived at the home, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"No motive was determined as of Monday afternoon, Kahler said."

From the Baltimore Sun...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"It's Just Unheard Of Around Here"

"TATUM, TX — The Tatum Police Department is investigating a murder/suicide that took place over the weekend on 635 N. Jefferson St., next to Tatum High School football stadium.

"Authorities said a man shot a woman then shot himself.

"Neighbors said the woman, Amy Griffith, was a mother and there were two boys ages 8 and 11 at the home when the shooting happened.

"`I do believe they just walked down the road and went to my neighbor's house and told them to call 911,` said neighbor Nathan Clark.

"`It's just unheard of around here. You don't hear (about) people killing other people. You know it does happen,` he said.

"Authorities said the bodies have been sent off for an autopsy and the case is under investigation.

"Funeral services for Griffith will be 10 a.m., Friday at Bar None Cowboy Church."

From KLTV7...

Bodies Found In Garage After Report Of Shots Fired

"NEWBURGH, IN — The Warrick County Sheriff's Office has released the names of two weekend shooting victims.

"They have been identified as 70-year-old William and 71-year-old Carolyn McDonald.

"The sheriff's office says there is no reason to believe that there was anyone else involved.

"The shooting happened around 7:00 p.m. Sunday on 8366 Spencer Drive.

"Chief Deputy Mike Wilder says several neighbors heard shots and called 911.

"The victims were discovered in the garage of the home.

"Deputies say they believe the shooting stemmed from an argument."


Monday, August 25, 2014

No Note, No Motive, No Signs Of Struggle

"TEMPLE, GA — Deputies on Monday were still trying to determine what caused a man to shoot his wife, his 21-month-old child and himself in an apparent murder/suicide in western Paulding County.

"The three have been identified as Brian Miller, 41; Kara, 29; and Paxton, 21 months, according to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. No one heard any gunshots coming from the home in the Gilbert Farm Subdivision, but deputies believe the triple shooting happened between Friday and Sunday, Henson said.

"Concerned that they hadn’t heard from the family since Friday, relatives asked deputies on Sunday to do a welfare check at the home at 178 Gilbert's Way near Temple, the sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Ashley Henson said. Deputies arrived at the home around 2 p.m. and found the three dead inside, Henson said.

"They found the woman in one room and the man and child were found in the child’s room, Henson said. All three died of a gunshot wound to the head, Henson said. Investigators are trying to determine the motive for the shooting and Henson said deputies have no prior involvement with the family for any type of domestic disturbance.

"`Neighbors said they heard some type of disturbance Friday night, but they didn’t hear any gunshots,` Henson said.

"Deputies did not find any signs of a struggle inside the home and there was no note left to indicate a motive, Henson said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is doing the autopsy on the bodies, which is expected to be completed Monday or Tuesday, Henson said."

From the Examiner...

Victim And Shooter In Critical Condition

"BAYTOWN, TX — The Baytown Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened on the 1300 block of Olive Street.

"Authorities say the shooting was an attempted murder/suicide between a husband and wife in the midst of a divorce.

"Witnesses say they saw a husband and wife arguing outside their car when the man went inside a house to get a gun.

"He came back out and shot his wife in the chest multiple times. Police say the man then shot himself once in the head.

"The man dropped the gun and went crawling after it, but a neighbor who was nearby kicked the gun away from him, according to investigators.

"Both were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital via LifeFlight and are said to be in critical condition. They are both undergoing surgery.

"If the husband survives, he will be charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault, according to police."


Pair Pronounced Dead At Scene

"WILLOW SPRINGS, IL — An autopsy conducted Sunday determined that a man and woman from southwest suburban Willow Springs died as a result of a murder/suicide, officials said.

"Samantha Zapata, 26, of 8348 South Archer Avenue, was pronounced dead at 9:47 a.m. Saturday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

"An autopsy conducted today determined that the woman died from a gunshot wound to her back and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the office.

"In addition to her death, Luis M. Zapata, who lived in the same home as Samantha Zapata, was pronounced dead at the same time as the woman, according to the office.

"An autopsy ruled his death a suicide from a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the autopsy.

"Willow Springs police could not be reached for comment. Officials could not say what the relationship was between the two people."

From the Chicago Tribune...

Former Pastor And Wife Found Dead

"LUMBERTON, NC — The death of a local pastor and his wife earlier this week appears to have been a murder/suicide.

"According to a statement released by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon, 68-year-old Bill Scott shot Charlotte Scott, 64, before turning a handgun on himself. The statement said no further information was available and that the investigation is ongoing.

"The two were found on the patio of their Old Whiteville Road home by their 16-year-old granddaughter at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

"According to multiple sources, Bill Scott walked up to his wife of about five years from behind and shot her in the back of the head and then in the temple with a .22-caliber gun. He then shot himself in the right temple."


Elderly Cohabitants Found Dead

"PLACERVILLE, CA — The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released the names of the couple found dead earlier this week in a Placerville area home.

"The bodies of Gene Bunch, 83, and Barbara Dozier, 85, were found Tuesday at a residence on 3360 Gold Nugget Court. Deputies responded to the home for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon and possible suicide.

"The bodies of Bunch and Dozier, who had lived together for many years, appeared to have gunshot wounds, according to a sheriff’s press release.

"The investigation into their deaths is ongoing. The investigation includes the possibility that the deaths were part of a murder-suicide, according to the release."

Source: Sacramento Bee...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Deputies Find Bodies In Master Bedroom

"VERONA, VA — On Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 2241 HRS, the Augusta County Sheriff's Office responded to a single family home in the 100 Block of Oak Crest Drive in Verona, for a report that two individuals had been discovered in the home deceased. Responding Deputies arrived at the scene and discovered the bodies of a 56-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman, both were found in the master bedroom of the residence and both had died from gunshot wounds.

"A weapon was recovered at the scene. Investigators responded to the scene and processed the scene overnight. Preliminary on scene investigation point towards a murder suicide and the investigation is ongoing.

"The male and female victims were transported to the Office of The Chief Medical Examiner in Roanoke for autopsies, and preliminary autopsy results are pending as is notification of the victim's next of kin."


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Neighbors Found Dead In Adjacent Backyards

"STRAWBERRY, CA — A murder/suicide investigation was underway Thursday as authorities found the bodies of two neighbors in their Strawberry backyards.

"Marin County sheriff's detectives, who were investigating the shooting death of a resident found in the backyard of 154 Carlotta Circle about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, discovered the body of a resident next door at 152 Carlotta in his yard Thursday morning.

"A rifle was found alongside the body at 152 Carlotta.

"Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said events that unfolded at 152 and 154 Carlotta Circle were unclear, but added there is a `high probability` the case involved a murder/suicide. The two were apparently neighbors.

"`At this point, there is no search for a suspect,` Pittman said. `We have no information to believe we have any suspect at large or that the community is in danger.`

"Pittman said he had no information on the relationship of the two men, or whether there had been issues involving the pair. `I'm unaware of any ongoing dispute between them,` he said. Identities of the two were not released.

"`We're trying to figure out what we have here,` Pittman added."

Read more at Marin News...

Dispatchers Hear Gunshots During 911 Call

"TOWNSHEND, VT — Vermont State Police are investigating an incident that left two people dead.

"Police said they received a 911 call around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday from a Grafton Road residence requesting help. The dispatcher said they heard what they believed to be gunshots while on the phone. The call then ended abruptly by the caller, according to police.

"Police from the Brattleboro Barracks responded to the residence and found a male, identified as 26-year-old Shane Brodeur, deceased outside of an apparent gunshot wound. A female, identified as 20-year-old Katelyn McFadden, was found unresponsive inside the residence of an apparent gunshot wound, police said.

"McFadden was transported to Grace Cottage Hospital and then airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Police said she later succumbed to her injuries.

"The autopsy and subsequent investigation revealed McFadden died of a gunshot wound to the head and a second gunshot injury to the neck. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death was homicide.

"The autopsy and investigation into Brodeur's death revealed Brodeur died as a result of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death was a suicide.

"The investigation revealed Brodeur was responsible for McFadden's gunshot wounds before fatally injuring himself. Police said Brodeur made the initial 911 call regarding disagreements between himself and McFadden.

"Police said Brodeur and McFadden were in a relationship and lived together at the Grafton Road residence."


Elderly Couple Had Serious Medical Issues

"BOONVILLE, NC — Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, local law enforcement responded to a 911 call at a residence at the intersection of Center and Sprouse roads. Upon entering the home, officers discovered the body of a deceased elderly female and an elderly male with a gunshot wound. The male was transported to the hospital and subsequently died from his injuries.

"No names have been released as yet, and the investigation is ongoing, but Yadkin County Sheriff Ricky Oliver did indicate that it appeared to be a murder/suicide and that both individuals had serious medical issues prior to their deaths."


Murder Suspect Charged After Botched Suicide Bid

"LAUREL, MD — A man allegedly shot and killed another man who was dating his estranged wife before attempting to take his own life in Laurel Wednesday night, Anne Arundel County police said.

"The victim, Howard Richard Popp Jr., 39, from Owings Mills, was found in the roadway in the 3300 block of Sudlersville South around 10:40 p.m., police said. He was lifeless when police arrived and was later pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The suspect was also taken to Shock Trauma with life-threatening injuries and has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, among other charges, police said.

"Police identified the suspect as Robert Babauta Mendiola, 39, of Laurel. His charges have not yet appeared in online court records and it could not be determined whether he had obtained a lawyer.

"Police said Mendiola's wife had separated from him in July and obtained a final protective order, but Mendiola continued to attempt to reunite with her as she began dating Popp. Mendiola's estranged wife and Popp were sitting in a car when Mendiola approached, and Popp was shot multiple times with a handgun after the two had gotten out of the car.

"Mendiola fled the scene and barricaded himself in a shed in the 300 block of Old Line Avenue, and when police broke into the shed, Mendiola had shot himself."

From the Baltimore Sun...

Bodies Found On Boat

"VALLEJO, CA — Vallejo police confirmed Wednesday that a couple found in a boat earlier this week died as a result of a murder/suicide.

"Timothy Murray, 41, apparently shot his wife, Jade Murray, 42, before turning the weapon on himself, Vallejo police Capt. Jim O'Connell said.

"The couple was discovered at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday when officers went to the couple's boat, parked at Dock C in the Vallejo Municipal Marina, 42 Harbor Way, after a request for a welfare check. Jade Murray's relative was concerned after not being able to get in touch with either of the couple for several days, police added.

"When they entered the boat, the officers found the couple with gunshot wounds. They also found the weapon, which was consistent with the shooting, nearby Timothy Murray, O'Connell said.

"The couple had been married for about three years, and had history of domestic violence when they were living at the Glen Cove Marina, he said. A business owner in the area also said that the couple had just recently moved to the Vallejo Marina.

"It was not immediately known when the actually shooting took place before officers found the bodies."

Source: Times-Herald...

Shooter Found Dead At Closed Restaurant

"GULF BAY, AL — A domestic violence incident between a man and a woman who recently broke up escalated at a residence Wednesday afternoon with one nearly shot to death and the other committing suicide in Orange Beach, according to authorities.

"Gulf Shores police were called to the 600 block of East Canal Road at 2:36 p.m. for a report of a shooting, according to police spokesman Cpl. Josh Coleman.

"`We determined that it was a domestic violence incident and the offender shot at the victim while she was inside her vehicle,` Coleman said. `And it was close.`

"She was taken by ambulance to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, Coleman said.

"After shooting through the driver's side window of the woman's vehicle, the man fled the scene, according to Coleman. Gulf Shores police put a call out to surrounding agencies, specifically Orange Beach police, with a description of the man's vehicle.

"Around 3:30 p.m. Orange Beach officers located the suspect in his vehicle at a strip mall on Canal Road at Gulf Bay Road, where the old Lester's restaurant was located, said Orange Beach Police Chief Billy Wilkins.

"`We just know (Gulf Shores police) called us and said they thought he was headed over here and our folks encountered him at that spot where he got out of his vehicle and killed himself,` Wilkins said."


Motive Unknown In Shooting Rampage That Leaves 3 Dead

"COOS BAY, OR — An Oregon prosecutor says it appears a gunman first lured his father to a remote campsite and killed him, then drove to a beach where he shot five cars in a parking lot, killing a Michigan man who was sleeping in his vehicle. The gunman then killed himself.

"Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said Zachary Brimhall's father, 58-year-old William Ray Brimhall of Dillard, Oregon, had been shot multiple times.

"His body was found Tuesday near his vehicle on a rural road about 50 miles from Bastendorff Beach, where the drive-by shooting took place earlier in the day.

"David Jesse Hortman, 43, of Walker, Michigan was also killed in the incident. He was camping in the area when he was shot. Walker is a suburb of Grand Rapids.

"Frasier says there's `no question the son is responsible` for his father's death.

"The prosecutor says he has no idea what motivated the violence on the south Oregon coast."


Dead Elderly Couple Found By Their Daughters

"CHICAGO, IL — A man and woman died in what authorities called a `domestic-related murder/suicide` Tuesday night in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood.

"Chen Su and his wife, Hsin Su, both 84, were discovered by their daughters in a bedroom of their home on 911 West 31st Place about 9 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

"Both apparently suffered gunshot wounds to the head and were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

"An autopsy Wednesday showed both died of gunshot wounds to the head. It ruled Chen Su’s death a suicide, and Hsin Su’s death a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said.

"Police said a weapon was discovered next to the man’s body, and he is believed to be the shooter."


No-Show Prompts Gruesome Welfare Check

"LAS VEGAS, NV — Police are investigating a murder/suicide after they discovered two bodies on Tuesday night inside a home near Valley View and Oakey.

"Around 7:10 p.m., patrol officers responded to a residence located on the 2100 block of Plaza Del Padre to conduct a welfare check.

"A co-worker reported the resident did not show up for work for several days and had not contacted the employer.

"Officers entered the residence and located a deceased male and female who suffered apparent gunshot wounds. Both were in their 60's.

"The preliminary investigation indicated the two victims were living together and were involved in a domestic relationship. It appears the male shot the female victim and then shot himself.

"The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the male as 69-year-old Robert Hender of Las Vegas. The female has not been identified."


Missing Dentist, Wife Found Dead After Arson Fire

"SPOKANE VALLEY, WA — The Spokane Valley couple reported missing after their Spokane Valley home was damaged in an arson fire Thursday both died of gunshot wounds to the head.

"The couple was found Friday in their white Kia on Wild Sky Road about 10 miles southeast of Tensed in Benewah County, Idaho, according to Benewah County coroner Ron Hodge. Sandra E. Tiffany, 68, had a single gunshot wound to the back of her head, Hodge said. John R. Tiffany, 76, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the front of his head.

"John Tiffany was a dentist in downtown Spokane for many years. Spokane Valley Fire Department investigators believe John Tiffany may have set the blaze in his home on Bettman Road. He was captured on surveillance video buying cans of gas at a gas station only hours before the fire. Several gas cans were found inside the home.

"The couple could not be located immediately after the fire and their son reported them missing, launching the search that found them at a private family cemetery in Idaho."

From the Spokesman-Review...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Three Dead, Two Escape Shooting Rampage

"MEMPHIS, TN — The man who Memphis Police said shot and killed two of his children later died at the Regional Medical Center.

"The murders happened Friday night in the 400 block of Chinaberry Drive.

"Investigators say 42-year-old Abel Gomez killed his 5-year-old daughter Lupita, who was in a wheelchair and his 24-year-old son Gustavo.

"An 11-year-old son was able to escape as did the man’s wife.

"When police arrived, they found the children dead and Abel Gomez with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Police were at the house on a domestic disturbance call involving a man and his wife when the shooting happened."


Two Dead, One Critical After Domestic Dispute

"CHICAGO, IL — Police say a 37-year-old man shot and killed his wife, then shot her sister before turning the gun on himself late Sunday in a murder/suicide in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side.

"James Sterling, who lived on the block of the shooting, got into an argument with his wife and fired shots about 9:55 p.m. in the 400 block of West 104th Street, police said.

"Sterling and his 29-year-old wife, Amy Holmes-Sterling, were both pronounced dead at the scene at 10:26 p.m., authorities said. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office listed Holmes-Sterling’s home address in the 300 block of East 53rd Street.

"A 26-year-old woman, identified as Holmes-Sterling’s sister, was shot in the shoulder and taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said."

Source: Chicago Sun-Times...

Domestic Dispute Leaves Three Dead

"DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MD — Prince George's County Police have identified the three people shot to death Friday in an apparent double murder/suicide at a home in District Heights.

"The shooting victims, two women and a man, were found in a townhouse in the 1500 block of South Addison Road around 4:40 p.m. by officers responding to a shots-fired call who forced their way inside.

"Police believe Leroy Johnson, Jr., 45, of Oxon Hill shot his estranged wife, Angela Lynette Johnson, 43, of Oxon Hill, and Zonita Monia Roberts, 42, of Smyrna, Georgia, and then shot himself.

"`They told the residents they had about 10 to 30 seconds to come out of the house, then about seven police officers kicked the door in,` said neighbor Ronell White.

"Police found one woman who had been shot to death; the other two victims were critically injured and died shortly afterward at the hospital.

"Investigators said they believed the deaths to be a double murder/suicide that stemmed from a domestic dispute.

"Police said they were trying to determine the relationship between the estranged couple and the other woman.

"Neighbors told [reporters] the victims may have been making funeral arrangements for a relative when the shooting broke out."


Shooter Found Dying After Calling 911

"SHELBY, NC — A Shelby man killed his wife and then took his own life Friday at their home on Midway Avenue, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office.

"Authorities did not release names but family members identified the couple as Glen Haynes and Linda Allen Haynes.

"`The initial investigation revealed that the male took his wife’s life, called 911, and then took his own life,` according to a written statement from the sheriff's office. `Information gathered from family and friends indicate the wife had been suffering from a serious illness for a long period of time.`

"Deputies responded around 10:10 a.m. and found the woman deceased from a gunshot wound and the man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was transported and later died at Cleveland Regional Medical Center, according to authorities.

"Authorities said there is no call history for this residence and no history of domestic violence between the two."


Closing Time

"BROCKPORT, PA — Police are investigating an overnight attempted homicide/suicide in Brockport, Elk County.

"Police [told reporters] that it happened around midnight at the Brockport Army & Navy Club.

"State police say 31-year-old Eric Carlson became upset with the bartender as she was trying to close the bar.

"An argument broke out between the two when the 20-year-old bartender attempted to get Carlson to leave.

"Police say Carlson shot the victim multiple times with a pistol.

"Police say he then shot himself.

"The victim, whose name has yet to be released, was flown to UPMC Altoona.

"Her condition is unknown at this time.

"Carlson died at the scene."


Friday, August 15, 2014

Baby On Board As Bullets Fly

"TEMPLE, TX — Two Killeen residents died in a shooting Tuesday night at an east Temple residence, police said Wednesday.

"Dead are Shamara Henry, 30, and Quista Henry, 30. A third man, who was not identified, also was shot.

"Police responded at 8 p.m. to a report of shots fired in the 1000 block of South 29th Street. Officers arriving at the scene heard shots as they got out of their cars. They found three people—Shamara Henry, Quista Henry and another man—outside a home, each with gunshot wounds.

"Shamara Henry was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Quista Henry and the other victim were transported to Scott & White Hospital. Quista Henry was pronounced dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

"Marcus McGinnis, who lives near the shooting scene, said the woman, the other shooting victim and a baby moved from Killeen into the house about 10 days to two weeks ago. He said it appeared they were getting ready to leave the house when Quista Henry arrived and shot them.

"Temple police spokesman Cpl. Christopher Wilcox declined to comment on the relationship between Shamara and Quista Henry or about an infant who reportedly was left in a car seat on the trunk lid of a car near the shooting scene.

"Wilcox also declined to say if the investigation is being conducted as a possible murder/suicide."


Shooter Dead, Victim Expected To Survive

"BATON ROUGE, LA — Police are investigating a deadly shooting involving a man and a woman that happened Wednesday afternoon in Baton rouge.

"The shooting happened at the St. Theresa Apartments on Winbourne Avenue near North 38th Street shortly after noon.

"Cpl. L'Jean Mckneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department says 56-year-old Darrow Davis shot a 54-year-old woman in the head and then turned the gun on himself. The woman is in serious condition at a hospital, but is expected to survive. Davis died at the scene.

"Police do not believe Davis and the woman were in a relationship and say details surrounding the shooting are still unclear.

"A woman who lives across the street from where the shooting occurred says she was on her way out to the store when she realized people were running in different directions.

"`With it being so close, guess you know we have got to continue to pray and be careful at all times because bullets don't have names on them,` said Vonda Jones."


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

World's Worst Driver Goes On Rampage, Commits Suicide

"CARTERSVILLE, GA — Northwest Georgia authorities are investigating a violent rampage that left two people dead and three wounded.

"They say a gunman shot multiple victims at one house, crashed a car into another house, shot the occupant, committed a carjacking, crashed the vehicle and shot himself in the head.

"Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap says three people were shot at a house in Cartersville and one was pronounced dead on the scene. Millsap says the gunman fled and crashed a car into a house where he kicked in the door in and shot an occupant in the hand.

"Millsap says the shooter then carjacked an elderly man and his grandson and crashed their vehicle into a truck. Millsap says the impact caused a fire and the gunman shot himself in the head."


Estranged Couple Dead In Restaurant Shooting

"LOUISE, TX — Tashondra Roberts said she and her friend used to laugh a lot while sharing a day shift—maybe a little too much, their boss would say—at Mustang Creek Bar-B-Q.

"But that contagious laugh is exactly what co-workers said they'll remember about Fabiola Reyes.

"Reyes, 35, was shot and killed Sunday in the barbecue restaurant.

"Wharton County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the restaurant just after 4 p.m. Sunday—minutes after it had closed for the day. They were responding to a shooting, according to a news release issued by the sheriff's office.

"Reyes' husband, Salvador Reyes, had entered the diner through the back door, and after having a short conversation with his wife in Spanish, he pulled out a handgun and shot Fabiola Reyes twice in the chest, according to the news release.

"Salvador Reyes, 42, then shot himself in the head, wrote Sgt. Scott Grosser in an email.

"`There was no disturbance or arguing before the incident,` Grosser wrote. `As far as we can tell, Reyes had no intention of harming anyone else at the restaurant.`

"Grosser said officials didn't know where Reyes obtained the gun, and it wasn't believed to be stolen. Grosser also said there wasn't a restraining order or protective order between the husband and wife; however, the couple had recently separated and were contemplating divorce, he said."


Nurse Killer Had Lengthy Criminal Record

"PHILADELPHIA, PA — A nurse found dead in a South Philadelphia home Sunday had been gunned down by her boyfriend, who then shot himself to death, police said this morning.

"Police responding to a report of gunfire just before 10 a.m. found the bodies of Aimee Girard, a nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and William Teves, 24, inside a home on Hutchinson Street near Ritner, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.

"Girard, 26, attended Jefferson's nursing school, began her career there as a nurse extern in July 2012 and was hired as a staff nurse in August 2013, said Jacqueline Kozloski, a hospital spokeswoman.

"`We are saddened to hear of the passing of Aimee Girard and extend our deepest sympathy to Aimee’s family,` Kozloski said.

"Police say she lived at the address where she was killed, but according to her obituary, she's from Gloucester, N.J. Teves, who lived on Beverly Road in Somerton, had a lengthy criminal record, including arrests for aggravated assault, robbery, terroristic threats and other offenses, court records show."


Shooter Dead At Scene, Victim Dies In Hospital

"SANDY SPRINGS, GA — The Sandy Springs Police Department Wednesday afternoon announced it has released the name of the shooter in its investigation of a possible murder/suicide that occurred this morning at 7545 Chaparral Drive in the city’s northern district.

"He is Dan Wilkins, 65, of Wood Valley Trail in Roswell. Wilkins is the estranged husband of Sharon Wilkins, and he came to the home on Chaparral Drive this morning just before 9 a.m. He shot Sharon Wilkins, 54, multiple times and then shot himself as police arrived on the scene, according to a news release.

"The house is owned by Sharon Wilkins’ mother, who was in the house at the time of the shooting. She was not injured and called 911 between 8:45 and 9 a.m. Wednesday. Sharon Wilkins was taken by ambulance to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell but later died there."


Wife Critical, Husband Pronounced Dead At Scene

"MISSION, TX — Authorities are investigating a domestic violence incident that ended with a man shooting his wife and then turning the gun on himself.

"It all happened at a home at 8215 Camino Escondido just one block west of Juarez-Lincoln High School around 12:05 a.m. Tuesday.

"Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputies were called out to the home when a woman called 911 to report that she had been shot by her husband.

"Both deputies and paramedics arrived at the scene and found the 33-year-old woman with several gunshot wounds but was still alive.

"Investigators reported finding the body of her 42-year-old husband with a single gunshot wound.

"Paramedics rushed the woman to a local hospital where she remains in critical condition.

"Hidalgo County Pct. 3-1 Justice of the Peace Luis Garza pronounced the man dead at 3:28 a.m. Tuesday.

"Authorities have not released the identities of the man or the woman and an exact motive is not clear but an autopsy has been ordered to learn more about the man's death."


Vacationing Florida Couple Found Shot In Tennessee Cabin

"SEVIERVILLE, TN — A Florida couple died Monday in a Sevier County rental cabin in what authorities have deemed a murder/suicide.

"The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that authorities were alerted at 11:50 a.m. by a woman who said two people had been shot in the cabin at 2560 Treehouse Lane, according to a news release from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.

"Officers arrived to find Genevieve Crosby, 48, lying on a bed with several gunshot wounds. They found Richard Crosby, 52, both of Tarpon Springs, Fla., dead on the bedroom floor from a single gunshot wound.

"An ambulance rushed Genevieve Crosby to a nearby hospital, but paramedics said she died before arriving at LeConte Medical Center, according to authorities.

"Authorities said the couple were married and were vacationing in Sevierville with Genevieve Crosby’s father, mother and her daughter.

"The investigation showed Richard Crosby first shot his wife and then turned the weapon on himself."


Suspected Killer Found Dead In Arizona

"BELLINGHAM, WA — A Coast Guardsman being sought as a person of interest in the murder of a 59-year-old woman in Bellingham, Wash., was found dead from an apparent suicide in Show Low, Ariz., Sunday, the Coast Guard announced Monday.

"Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael G. Arnold, 33, of Boise, Idaho, was located by a joint-law enforcement team after he was reported absent without leave from Coast Guard Base Seattle Friday, a Coast Guard news release said.

"He was a person of interest in the death of Abigail Gulotta, of Bellingham. One of Gulotta’s co-workers found Gulotta dead in her basement apartment when she didn’t show up for work on Aug. 3. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

"Arnold was being pursued by law enforcement officials from the Bellingham Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service and the Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Coast Guard said.

"Arnold was stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman in San Diego but was temporarily assigned to Base Seattle pending the outcome of the investigation.

"The suspect was reported absent without leave and a multi-agency manhunt began Friday.

"Deputy Marshals, agents from the Coast Guard and detectives with the Bellingham Police Department tracked the guardsman to a home in Show Low where they found him dead, the Coast Guard said.

"The Bellingham Police Department is conducting an investigation into the woman’s death.

"Arnold joined the Coast Guard Jan 5, 2009. He was currently serving aboard the Cutter Sherman as a gunner’s mate."


Monday, August 11, 2014

High Speed Chase Ends In Suicide Of Killer

"PALENVILLE, NY — State Police have released information regarding a double murder/suicide that happened in Greene County over the weekend.

"According to authorities, a man killed his estranged wife and her boyfriend at 844 Pennsylvania Ave. in Palenville Sunday afternoon.

"Authorities responded to the Pennsylvania Avenue home after neighbors reported hearing gunshots in the area on Sunday.

"Upon arrival, authorities said they found Daniel Brennan, 51, with multiple gunshot wounds in the driveway of the residence. Pammi Mroczek, 49, was found inside the home dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

"State police said an investigation revealed that Robert Mroczek, 46, killed Pammi, his estranged wife. Police said he also killed her boyfriend, Brennan. Mroczek then fled the scene of the incident.

"State police spotted Mroczek's car on Interstate 81 in Broome County on Sunday leading to a chase. Authorities said they used stop sticks to stop the suspect’s vehicle which then traveled off the shoulder of the roadway.

"`As a result, New York State Troopers in Troop C out of Sidney located the vehicle operating Interstate Route 81 just before 1 a.m. Sunday morning in the town of Chanango, Broome County, where they attempted to stop the vehicle,` Major Patrick Regan with the NYS Police said. `Mroczek was operating the vehicle, fled. A pursuit was initiated. The pursuit lasted over 30 miles at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.`

"However, when troopers approached the vehicle, they say they found Mroczek with a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"`We recovered a weapon that he used to shoot himself with, and we still have to do some testing,` Regan said. `We assume that may have been the murder weapon, but we have to do some testing to determine that.`"


Six Kids Orphaned After Murder/Suicide

"DAIRYVILLE, CA — Tehama County Sheriff's deputies responded to what turned out to be an apparent murder/suicide on Sunday morning.

"Investigators said it happened on Electric Ave. off Highway 99 in Dairyville, a small community southeast of Red Bluff.

"Deputies said a man shot his wife in the stomach, then turned the gun on himself. When deputies arrived, they found a woman in the driveway. She was transported to the hospital, but was pronounced dead.

"There were six children in the home. All of them are now in protective custody."


Sunday, August 10, 2014

One Dead, One Critical After Outdoor Argument

"INDIANAPOLIS, IN — One woman is dead and one man is critically injured after a shooting incident on the north side of Indianapolis early Sunday morning, according to police.

"Officers were called to the 6400 block of Park Central Drive West at the Park Hoover Condominiums around 1:00 a.m. Sunday, where they found a man and woman arguing outside one of the buildings.

"According to police, the man shot the woman at point-blank range before pointing his gun at officers. Both officers fired on the man, but police said it's not yet clear if the man fired shots at the officers.

"Police said the man ran to the back of the apartment building and was later found lying in the grass with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"The victim and suspect were later identified as Candice Hunter, 24, and Joshua Higgins, 22, both of Indianapolis.

"Higgins was taken to Eskenazi Hospital where he was declared to be in critical contition. Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Neither of the officers were hurt in the confrontation.

"According to police, the woman's two young children—a 6-month-old and a 23-month-old—were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting and have been placed in temporary custody with the Department of Child Services."


Two Found Dead After SWAT Standoff

"MOUNT ANGEL, OR — An hours-long standoff ended in tragedy in the town of Mount Angel Saturday morning, when a man took his own life, as well as the life of his ex-girlfriend’s mother.

"Daniel Cuanas was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday morning, after an armed standoff involving his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Schwartz, and her mother, Kathleen Schwartz.

"Elizabeth Schwartz escaped with her 15-month-old son, and notified police, who responded to the home at 775 St. Mary’s circle at 2:30 a.m. Her mother, Kathleen Schwartz, was still inside the home at that time.

"During the standoff, Cuanas, armed with firearms, threatened to take his own life, and yelled for police to shoot him.

"Several agencies, including the Woodburn Police Department’s Tactical Services Unit, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Silverton Police and the Mount Angel Police were involved.

"After numerous attempts to diffuse the situation and safely get Kathleen Schwartz out, officers heard what sounded like a gunshot. Via phone, Cuanas told officers he had accidentally discharged his gun. At roughly 3:00 a.m., Cuanas posted the words `Sorry world` to his Facebook account."

From KOIN6...

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Car Crash Results From Botched Murder/Suicide

"LODI, CA — The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office has released the name of a woman who was pronounced dead at the scene of a single car collision on Thursday afternoon, on East Kettleman Lane, between Locust Tree and Tretheway roads.

"The 23-year-old woman, identified as Ying Ka Lor of Fresno, was found dead in the vehicle from a gunshot wound on Wednesday afternoon.

"The man in the vehicle, who has not yet been identified, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound.

"San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office investigators are treating the case as a murder/attempted suicide.

"The investigation is ongoing."

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Former County Clerk, Husband Found Dead In Home

"DENVILLE, NJ — A retired New Jersey elected official who once served alongside Gov. Chris Christie was killed by her husband in their North Jersey home Thursday before he turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

"The body of former Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall, who over the course of the 50-year career held several elected offices, was found by police near her husband’s corpse, according to the Star Ledger.

"The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday that Bramhall was shot by her husband, John, on Thursday morning and then shot himself.

"The Prosecutor’s office said Denville Police responded to a call from a family member who found the deceased couple in the home.

"Several officials confirmed to the Daily Record that it was the couple, both of whom were in their 70s, that police found inside.

"John Bramhall was a construction developer who built many of the homes in the area, the Daily Record reported.

"Joan Bramhall retired as county clerk in December 2013, opting not to run for a fourth term after 15 years on the job, according to the Star Ledger. She chaired the Morris County Republican Committee from 1988 to 1994, and served on the county legislature from 1993 to 1998—alongside Christie, who later became a U.S. attorney and then governor of the state.

"A staffer at the Republican Committee could not confirm, nor comment on Bramhall’s reported death."


Killer Drops Off Kids Before Shooting Himself

"DREXEL HILL, PA — A multi-state manhunt for a suspect who allegedly killed his wife before kidnapping her children, ended Thursday in Staten Island where the boys were discovered safe and the suspect dead.

"Before the fatal chain of events police say 31-year-old Keith Belajonas left an eerie message on Facebook.

"Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says Belajonas `posted on Facebook that he had an argument with his (wife), she was cheating on him ... and he won the argument.`

"Keith’s wife, 28-year-old Christina Belajonas was found in the family’s Pennsylvania home, dead after a gun shot wound to the head and multiple stab wounds.

"The lifeless body of Keith Belajonas, was found in a car near Bartlett and Katan avenues at about 8 a.m., police said.

Belajonas had been the subject of an Amber Alert first issued in Pennsylvania after he snatched two boys—between ages 4 and 7—about 3 a.m. Thursday from a home on 251 Abbey Terrace in Drexel Hill.

"The children were found safe about 6 a.m. at a CVS in Staten Island, but Belajonas was not with them, authorities said.

"Soon after, he was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound though it was not immediately known if it was self-inflicted."


Police Declare No Threat To Community

"ZELIENOPLE, PA — A husband and wife were found dead in an apparent murder/suicide in a Butler County home Wednesday afternoon, state police Sgt. Patrick Sarnese said .

"Jackson police were called around 5:45 p.m. to the 300 block of Evans Road, where they found the couple, Dana Wilson Miller, 47, of Cranberry, and Jeffrey Alan Miller, 52, of Zelienople, according to state police.

"Police said Dana Miller had multiple gunshot wounds and Jeffrey Miller suffered a single gunshot wound.

"`We do not believe there is a threat to the community,` Sgt. Sarnese said of whether there are believed to be others involved in the shootings.

"Police continue to investigate. It was unclear whose house they were found in.

"The causes of their deaths will be determined by the coroner, he said."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Family Member Finds Dead Couple

"SIOUX FALLS, SD — A man and woman were found dead by a family member in a central Sioux Falls home Wednesday after an apparent murder/suicide, police said.

"Sioux Falls Police received a call about 1:54 p.m. from a relative who said gunshots had been fired inside the home at 607 W. 7th St, Lt. Matt Burns said.

"On the first floor of the home, officers found two people dead from gunshot wounds, Burns said. Police had not released the names of the victims, who lived together at the home and were in a relationship, Burns said.

"Police, ambulances and a crime lab vehicle remained in front of the home, just west of Minnesota Avenue, for much of the afternoon as investigators collected evidence.

"As of late afternoon, police said little information was known on what led up the shooting."


Three Dead After Gunman Opens Fire On Minivan

"FAYETTEVILLE, NC — Authorities in Cumberland County are investigating the second triple fatal shooting in a week there.

"Three people were killed and one person was injured in an apparent murder/suicide off of Winthrop Drive Tuesday night.

"Deputies say a gunman opened fire on a minivan. The woman and two teenagers were inside. The 14-year-old boy and his mother were killed, a 15-year-old girl was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for surgery and her condition is unknown at this time.

"The gunman then killed himself.

"Neighbors say they heard the gunfire, but still don't know exactly what happened. The investigation is ongoing."


Three Dead In Parking Lot Shooting

"MONTICELLO, IN — Three people were shot dead in an apparent murder/suicide in the parking lot of an Indiana furniture makers on Tuesday morning.

"The bodies of a man and woman were found inside a parked car outside Jordan Manufacturing, and the body of a second man was found on the ground next to a hand gun.

"Police have not yet released their identities, but they confirmed that the woman had been an employee at the furniture plant.

"White County sheriff's department was called to reports of gunfire at about 11.30am at the family-owned patio furniture plant, which is about 70 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

"When they arrived, they discovered the woman suffering from serious injuries. She was rushed to hospital where she later died.

"White County Sheriff Patrick Shafer told JC Online that the two victims found in the car appeared to have been shot while in the driver's seat and front passenger seat.

"Police believe that the man who was found on the ground of the parking lot shot dead the second man and the woman, before turning the gun on himself.

"Staff at the family-run company were sent home early as detectives investigated the crime scene.

"According to the Jordan Manufacturing Twitter account, the company planned to reopen Wednesday, and have counselors on hand for staff."

From the Daily Mail...

Father And Son Found Dead After SWAT Standoff

"KEENESBURG, CO — A Colorado man reportedly shot and killed his 14-year-old son before fatally turning the gun on himself following a seven-hour standoff with deputies.

"The tragic ending inside a Kennesburg home early Tuesday morning was the summation of months of problems between Shawn D. Kilker, 42, and his estranged wife, Denise, Weld County Sheriff officials told [reporters].

"`He was saying things that he was going to do to her, like having her raped and all this other crap that he thought of. Anything to hurt her,` family friend, Don Enroughty, told the station.

"That threat apparently included killing their 14-year-old son whom officials say stayed dutifully by his father's side throughout the standoff with SWAT crews.

"`He was going to be a freshman and go to varsity football. He was a good kid. He had a heart of gold,` Kilker's sister-in-law [said] while biting back tears. `The marriage was over and he just couldn't accept it and he was gonna take somebody down to hurt his wife.`"

Source: New York Daily News...

Couple Pronounced Dead At Scene

"MINERAL WELLS, WV — Police say a Wood County couple has died in an apparent murder/suicide.

"The Wood County Sheriff’s Department tells media outlets that investigators believe James Auvil, 53, shot Christina Johnston, 43, multiple times with a pistol, and then shot himself.

"The sheriff’s department says deputies went to the couple’s home in the Oaks Trailer Park in Mineral Wells on Tuesday after Johnston called police and said Auvil was threatening her and himself. Johnston and Auvil were pronounced dead at the scene.

"The shootings remain under investigation."


Three Dead, One Spared

"MIAMI GARDENS, FL — Police are investigating after three people were found dead in a home in northwest Miami-Dade County.

"Miami-Dade police were called to a shooting early Tuesday morning in the 5500 block of Northwest 193rd Lane.

"When officers arrived, they found two men and a woman dead inside the home.

"Police have not released the names of the victims, but Jeffrey Eskridge told [reporters] his 20-year-old son, Jeffrey Eskridge Jr., his son's mother, Valrie Davis, and her husband, Charlie Davis, were killed.

"`Valrie and Charlie (were) arguing and my son walked in and he was defending her and (Charlie) shot him,` Eskridge said.

"Police are calling the shooting a murder/suicide.

"Family members said Charlie Davis shot himself.

"The shooting took place in front of Eskridge Jr.'s 16-year-old half-sister, whose life was spared.

"`He told (her) that he loved her too much to kill her, so he was going to spare her,` Eskridge said. `She was hiding in the closet in her room.`"


Passerby Spots Bodies In Driveway

"AZTEC, NM — Authorities have released the name of the man killed in Monday's murder/suicide.

"Nyles Nelson, 51, was found dead of an apparent gunshot, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

"Deputies were dispatched at about 1 p.m. Monday to a home at 21 County Road 3133 in Aztec.

"A passerby spotted two bodies in the driveway. Police identified the people as Nelson and 24-year-old Erika Brown.

"Police say they were a couple.

"Evidence at the scene shows Nelson fatally shot Brown before he killed himself, according to the press release.

"The investigation is ongoing, and a motive is not known.

"Neighbors in the area told deputies they heard three or four gunshots around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Police on Monday say that's when they think the shooting took place."


Family Of Five Found Dead In Rural Home

"CULPEPER, VA — Three children and two adults were found dead by a family member Sunday night after a murder/suicide, according to the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office.

"Police say 35-year-old Clarence Washington shot his wife Shauna, and then shot their three daughters, ages four, six and 13, at their home in the 4400 block of Rixeyville Road in a rural area of Culpeper County. WNEW reports the daughters were 13-year-old Onesha, six-year-old Onya and four-year-old Olivia.

"Police say the couple had an argument on Saturday. On Sunday morning, the family did not show up for church. Later in the afternoon, officers made a welfare check on the family. We're told everything looked normal, even though the officers did not go in the house. They knocked and didn't get an answer.

"The wife's mother then went to the house at 10 p.m. Sunday, climbed in a window and found the bodies, police say."


Elderly Couple Found Dead In Kitchen

"SWIFTON, AR — A man in Jackson County shot his wife before committing suicide a little after noon Sunday, deputies said.

"The Jackson County sheriff’s office said deputies received a call from a man who said he was worried about his father-in-law. The man said he received a call from Gayland McCall, 78, of Swifton, who said he had just shot his wife and was going to kill himself, deputies said.

"When deputies arrived at the McCalls' home, at 407 County Road in Swifton, they found Gayland McCall and his wife, Mary McCall, 79, lying on the kitchen floor with gunshot wounds in their heads. A single 12-gauge shotgun was recovered at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

"Both bodies were sent to the state medical examiner’s office to undergo autopsies, authorities said."

From ArkansasOnline...

Police Suspect Lady Shooter In Death Of Couple

"RAPID CITY, SD — The two people found dead in Rapid City on Saturday night have been identified as Anthony Hutchinson, 57, and Jean Wessel, 54. Both were Rapid City residents.

"Authorities have ruled it as a murder/suicide and noted Monday that the two were in a relationship at the time of their deaths.

"From what officials have determined through their investigation so far they indicated Monday that Wessel shot Hutchinson, then shot herself.

"It all began shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Saturday when a neighbor called the Rapid City Police Department to respond to a disturbance at a home on 925 Fillmore Street.

"`When police arrived, they found Hutchinson and Wessel dead inside the residence,` said Tarah Heupel with the RCPD. `Preliminary autopsy results indicate the cause of death for both Hutchinson and Wessel to be gunshot wounds. Full autopsy results, including toxicology, will take several weeks.`"