Friday, October 10, 2014
"MESA, AZ — Mesa police investigating a possible murder/suicide identified the victims Tuesday afternoon.
"According to Detective Steve Berry, officers got a call from a gas station about 7:10 p.m. claiming someone was dead in an apartment in the area of Gilbert Road and U.S. Highway 60.
"Officers tried to talk to Patrick J. Crossman, 33, who was milling about at the Windemere apartment complex and a scuffle broke out, Berry said.
"Crossman suffered an undetermined injury and later died at a nearby hospital. Berry said the injury was not inflicted by police officers.
"Investigators then found the body of Michelle R. Bakley, 40, inside the apartment.
"`We do believe that the two (deaths) are related,` Berry said. `At this point, we are under the assumption that we are investigating what would be known as a murder/suicide.`
"Mesa police were interviewing witnesses and trying to piece together exactly what led to the Bakley's death."