Thursday, October 30, 2014
"APOPKA, FL — Deputies said a woman shot and killed a man and then herself after storming into an independent living facility in Apopka on Wednesday.
"Neighbors said they heard a lot of screaming and yelling coming from the home known as Hoepfinger's Hideaway on Apopka Boulevard, but said they were used to the commotion. They had no idea an apparent murder-suicide had just taken place inside.
"Authorities said Eva McDermid, 43, pulled up, went into the residence and shot and killed Markeith Pope, 43, before turning the gun on herself.
"`Scary, but doesn't surprise me,` said neighbor Samantha Dowd.
"Several men and women struggling with mental illnesses live in the multi-unit home.
"`It's something to help them, because they are, you know, on medication and so forth,` said one worker.
"The woman who found the bodies said she was devastated.
“`I proceeded to see him on the couch with a bullet wound to the head. It was like a really bad scene out of 'CSI',` said Kim Snelling.
"The nature of McDermid's and Pope’s relationship is unclear.
"Emergency personnel said they know the house well, saying ambulances and police are constantly called.
"[Sources reveal] deputies were called to the home nearly 40 times this year for issues ranging from battery to mental distress.
"`One of them came over here one time and said her roommate beat her up,` said Dowd.
"Authorities still are trying to determine a motive in Wednesday's killing."
"FARMINGDALE, NY — A psychotic killer lopped off his mother’s head and dumped her bloody corpse on a Long Island street before jumping in front of a LIRR train in a grisly murder/suicide.
"Derek Ward butchered his mother, Patricia, a 66-year-old college professor, for no apparent reason on Tuesday, authorities said. Ward, a 35-year-old who battled psychiatric problems for the past decade, sat for a short period of time with his mother’s headless corpse inside their gore-spattered Farmingdale apartment prior to taking his own life, Nassau County police Detective Lt. John Azzata said.
“`There were multiple signs of trauma, multiple stab wounds, broken ribs,` the detective said at a news conference. `The weapon used was believed to be a knife. That knife was recovered.`
"As 8 p.m. drew near Tuesday night, Derek Ward dragged his mother’s headless corpse out of their second-floor home, down a staircase, through the building lobby and onto the street, Azzata said. He also carried her head outside.
"After leaving his mother’s torso and head on either side of Secatogue Road, he walked three blocks to the vicinity of the Clinton St. crossing for the Long Island Rail Road and took a dive in front of an oncoming eastbound train.
"Patricia Ward was last seen about four hours before her body was abandoned."
Source: New York Daily News...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
"IOLA, TX — Grimes County sheriff’s investigators have deemed the deaths of a married Iola couple a murder-suicide.
"Deputies discovered the bodies of 55-year-old Noemi Pullantes Chandler and 64-year-old Dan William Chandler while doing a welfare check at their home in the 10000 block of F.M. 244 about 8 p.m. Monday.
"A friend had last seen the couple Friday and called authorities, who looked through a window to find the man in a chair and the woman on the floor in the living room, Sheriff Don Sowell said.
"Preliminary autopsy results showed that Noemi Chandler died from a gunshot wound to the lower back while Dan Chandler died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Investigators said the shooting likely took place 2 to 3 days before deputies found the bodies.
"The couple had been married for five years.
"Sowell said on-going marital problems may have contributed to the incident."
"MCFALL, MO — A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a person whose body was found in a burning home over the weekend apparently killed himself during a standoff with law enforcement officers in northwest Missouri.
"David Call, 50, of Kansas City, died Monday night inside a home near the Gentry County town of McFall, Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright said. Call was charged earlier Monday with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, second-degree arson and the abandonment of a corpse after firefighters found a body inside a burning home on Sunday in Trenton.
"Call fired upon officers when they arrived to arrest him and then barricaded himself in the house, said Sgt. Jake Angle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Authorities tracked Call to the home in McCall, a Gentry County town of about 90 residents northwest of Pattonsburg, by following his cell phone pings because he was a person of interest in the Trenton case.
"No one was injured during the standoff.
"Negotiators lost contact with Call just after 8 p.m., Angle said.
"`At that time, a SWAT team entered the residence and found the suspect deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot,` Angle said.
"No other details were released about the Trenton case, including the identification and gender of the victim."
"GRETNA, FL — It's a house of worship, but Gretna's Glory Apostolic Faith Temple is also the site of an apparent murder/suicide complete with crime scene tape circling the property.
"`Little small town like this, you wouldn't expect something like this to happen because it's a close knit community,` said Gretna native Marvin Cloud.
"Cloud says he helped build the dining room building next to the church 30 years ago.
"It's apparently where the bodies were found.
"Cloud also said he helped put blocks around the pastor's trailer.
"The gate leading to that home is also currently blocked off with crime scene tape.
"Gretna Police Chief Carlos De La Cruz says the two deceased people are a man and a woman.
"But at this point, he's not saying who they are or how the suspected murder/suicide unfolded.
"`We believe that one of the victims is a suspect, so there's no reason for the community to be in fear. We feel they are safe at this point and the situation is contained,` said Chief De La Cruz.
"Chief De La Cruz says one reason he hasn't released the names of the two people is he hasn't been able to reach the man's family members who live out of state.
"He also says the woman's family members don't want her name released at this time.
"Autopsy results are pending."
"SEATTLE, WA — Seattle police say a grandfather shot and killed his daughter and then his granddaughter before turning the gun on himself in a South Seattle home Monday night.
"Assistant Chief Nick Metz said dispatchers received a 911 call from a 10-year-old boy who reported shots fired inside a house on 6328 South Fountain Street.
"Within three minutes, officers arrived at the residence and found an elderly man, an adult female and a teenage female dead at the scene.
"Police later confirmed the man responsible for the shooting was 78 years old. They said he killed his 39-year-old daughter and 11-year-old granddaughter before killing himself.
"While authorities have not released the victims' names, sources identified the grandfather as Honorario Yango, the daughter as Christine Dela Isla and the granddaughter Analia Cowherd, an honor student at Aki Kurose Middle School.
"Metz said the 10-year-old boy escaped unharmed. Extended family members were taking care of the boy."
"NACOGDOCHES, TX — Investigators with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, Texas Rangers, and the city fire marshal's office are investigating a blaze at a two-story home in the Carrizo Creek Subdivision that authorities believe is the result of an “attempted murder-suicide crime.”
"Firefighters found the body of a woman with a gunshot wound to her chest in the home, and they managed to rescue her bedridden common-law husband. The man has since been released from the hospital.
“`The sheriff's office is treating this as an open homicide investigation, but we believe that this was an apparent attempted murder/suicide crime,` Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said in a press release. `All evidence and facts that we have gathered at this time are leading us to believe that Goff intentionally set the house on fire before shooting herself in the living room.`
"The fire occurred on FM 1878, near the entrance of Carrizo Creek Estates.
"A neighbor called in the fire after he or she spotted smoke coming from the residence.
"Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Kerry Don Williams pronounced Margi Lynn Goff, 61, dead at the scene. The press release stated that investigators noticed that Goff had what appeared to be a self-inflicted, close-contact wound in her chest with burn marks from the weapon. Williams ordered an autopsy be performed on Goff's body.
"Bridges said firefighters found Goff's body in the living room of the home. A pistol was found near her body, he said.
"Firefighters rescued Hal David Parris, a 65-year-old stroke victim, from a medical bed in one of the home's bedrooms. The press release stated that Parris has been bedridden for several years.
“`The sheriff's office has gained information that Goff had been depressed recently and had mentioned committing suicide to her husband,` the press release stated.
"NCSO investigators at the scene established that there was no evidence of forced entry into the home. The press release also said that authorities believe Goff and Parris were the only ones in the home when the incident occurred.
"Investigators told the East Texas news that Parris is unable to speak. However, they said they are that through yes/no questions, Parris can tell them if his common-law wife was responsible for setting the fire."
Monday, October 27, 2014
"CADIZ, KY — Kentucky State Police are investigating after three family members and a man were found shot to death inside a home Sunday.
"The incident happened around 11:40 a.m. at a home on Old Dover Road in Cadiz, about 90 miles northwest of Nashville.
"Three of the victims were identified as 62-year-old B. Lindsey Champion, 60-year-old Joy Champion and their daughter, 31-year-old Emily Champion.
“`So this is a pretty gruesome crime,` said Officer Jay Thomas with the Kentucky State Police. `For something like this to happen, to have multiple murders at one location, it's not very often this does happen, but it does happen from time to time.`
"The fourth victim, who is also being considered the suspect, was identified as 22-year-old Vito Riservato of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
"Police told [reporters] the family had just recently met Riservato.
"Further details were not immediately known. The investigation is ongoing."
"GRANTVILLE, GA — The Meriwether County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating a deadly shooting they believe is the result of a murder/suicide.
"Investigators say it happened around 7:30 a.m. Sunday at a home on Roswell Lee Road near Grantville, GA.
"The victims have been identified as Tammie Tameke Beasley, 36, of 730 Roswell Lee Road, Grantville, GA, and Willie James Beasley, Jr., 42, of the same address.
"Both bodies were sent to the GBI crime lab in DeKalb County.
"Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley made the death pronouncements at the scene.
"The caller, an 18-year-old inside the home, witnessed her father shoot her mother. She gathered her three other siblings, ranging from ages four to 14, and fled the home on foot.
"Sheriff Chuck Smith says the young woman said her father was attempting to barricade himself inside the residence."
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"CASTLE ROCK, CO — A man and woman were found dead inside a home in Castle Rock Sunday.
"A SWAT team was deployed to a home on the 4000 block of Old Windmill Way just before 7:30 a.m., in The Meadows neighborhood, to deal with a suspicious incident involving a woman and her boyfriend.
"A boyfriend of a woman who lives at the house requested a welfare check for her after she missed a meeting with a family member on Saturday.
"Based on the initial investigation, the Douglas County Regional SWAT team was called in.
"The Castle Rock Police Department set up a command post at Meadow View Elementary school, town officials confirmed Sunday morning.
"`As a precaution, a CodeRED was issued for the immediate neighbors and residents are asked to stay inside their homes,` officials said. That request has since been lifted.
"Roads were closed in the area but police began to reopened them at about 9 a.m.
"Police say there was no threat to the community, but did not say if the deaths were the result of a murder/suicide.
"The victims are a 24-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man.
"Autopsies will be performed Monday to determine the manner and cause of death and to officially identify the two."
"STATESVILLE, NC — Detectives in Iredell County are investigating what appears to be a murder/suicide in Statesville.
"Officers found Jamie Moore, 41, and Kimberly Kemp, 40, dead inside their home on Fairdale Road late Friday night.
"Investigators said a relative received a disturbing phone call from Moore before the shooting.
"The relative went to the couple’s home and reportedly saw Moore lying inside the house with a weapon beside him. The relative called 911. Deputies entered the home and found Moore and Kemp with fatal gunshot wounds.
"Investigator said Kemp was in the hallway and had been shot several times."
"LITHONIA, GA — A husband and wife are dead after DeKalb County police say the man shot his wife and then killed himself.
"Officers responded to a report of the shooting in the 5000 block of Tunbridge Wells Road in Lithonia Saturday.
"They said a man confronted his wife when she pulled up to their driveway at about 7 p.m.
"He shot her in the car and then went inside and shot and killed himself, according to police.
"Police say the woman still had her foot on the accelerator at the time of the shooting, causing the car to crash into the garage.
"A female relative witnessed the incident and ran to get help.
"Neighbors reported hearing gunshots and then say they saw and heard a woman screaming while running up the street.
“`I heard some gunshots and I told my kids to get upstairs and get on the floor,` said neighbor McNeil James. `I looked at my surveillance footage and I saw a young lady in distress running up the street.`
"Police said they have been called to the residence before, but neighbors say they never thought it would escalate to this."
"SAN CLEMENTE, CA — A man and woman were found dead Saturday afternoon inside a high-end boutique in downtown San Clemente after reports of a shooting, authorities said.
"A preliminary investigation indicated the deaths were the result of a murder/suicide, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. A handgun was recovered at the scene.
"No one was being sought in connection with the incident, which occurred at Bliss Boutique, on 167 Avenida Del Mar, said sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock.
"Deputies responded to the clothing store about 2:01 p.m. and were contacted by an employee who said a shooting was taking place inside the business, the OCSD said. The department’s SWAT and crisis-negotiation teams were then summoned to the scene.
"Erin Delaney said she was near the shop shortly after law-enforcement personnel arrived.
“`When we walked around the corner, we met the girl that was the one witness,` Delaney said. `She was talking to one of the police officers about how the man walked in with a briefcase and … walked to the owner, who was in the back. Then she heard six gunshots and grabbed her cellphone and ran.`
"About 2:40 p.m., specially-trained deputies entered the building and discovered the bodies of the man and woman, Hallock said. It was not immediately clear how the two people may have been related. Their names were not released, pending notification of family.
"The intersection of Avenida Del Mar and North Ola Vista was closed as an investigation continued."
"LINCOLN, NH — A man and woman were found dead of an apparent murder/suicide Saturday in their home in Lincoln, officials said.
"The bodies were found during a welfare check at the Clearbrook Condo Complex on Easterly Road, police said.
"The Attorney General’s Office, state police and Lincoln police are investigating.
"`Not too much to say further at this point, pending the autopsies, pending the notification of the families involved, the investigation is ongoing,` Asst. Attorney General Geoffrey Ward said.
"A medical examiner will conduct autopsies to determine how the two died.
"The names of the man and woman were not released, though neighbors provided a first name for the man.
"`All we know is Doug was a nice neighbor, he was a nice guy, he always helped everyone out in this neighborhood and we have never seen any trouble out here in the past,` said neighbor Robert Paris.
"While the investigation continues, authorities have begun notifying families of the victims.
"The aunt of the female victim said that the two were not in a romantic relationship.
"She said her niece had rented a room from the male victim but had moved out last month and was living in Manchester."
"MARYSVILLE, WA — A boy targeted his school in a deadly gun rampage, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself.
"Witnesses said Jaylen Fryberg walked into the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state and opened fire methodically without shouting or arguing.
"They said he was staring at his victims as he shot them at the school, 30 miles north of Seattle.
"As other pupils heard the shots they ran out of the cafeteria and building in a chaotic dash to safety while others were told to stay put inside classrooms.
"Marysville police commander Robb Lamoureux said Fryberg died of a self-inflicted wound.
"Three of the people who were shot had head wounds and were in a critical condition in hospital.
"Another victim, a 14-year-old boy, was listed in a serious condition.
"Many students described Fryberg as a happy, popular student, but social media accounts suggested he was struggling with an unidentified problem.
"On Wednesday, a posting on his Twitter account read: `It won't last ... It'll never last.`"
"GREENSBERG, LA — A man, who authorities say was a murder suspect in his wife's death and responsible for arson of their home in Greensburg, was found dead in a rural area of East Feliciana Parish Friday afternoon.
"The Louisiana State Fire Marshall reported that Adren Allen, 48, had been identified as a suspect in the murder of his wife 39-year-old Marsha Allen. Adren Allen had eluded investigators for weeks, the Fire Marshall said.
"When investigators began focusing on Allen, he disappeared from the area.
"Authorities, however, learned more Friday as they received information that Adren Allen was hiding in a camp in a rural area along the Amite River in the Felixville community.
"Adren Allen's body was found in a parked vehicle that was registered to his wife. Investigators believe Allen committed suicide.
"On Oct. 11, investigators considered Adren Allen a suspect in the arson of his home on Hwy 1043 in Greensburg. His wife's body was within the `charred` remains of the home. An autopsy showed that she had died hours before the fire.
"Allen told investigators he left the home to buy livestock feed at a local store just before the fire had started. Investigators, however, were able to place Adren Allen at the home when the fire was in its early stage."
"SEBRING, FL — An 85-year-old man is suspected of murdering the woman he was dating and then shooting himself on Thursday, according to a press release from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
"Deputies had responded about 6:14 p.m. to a call about a deceased person at 1611 Willow Dale and found Phyllis Lent, 82, dead at the scene, the press release said. Then they found John Young, 85, lying in the carport area at 3008 DeSoto Road, the release said.
"Young had an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound and was transported a hospital in Lakeland where was listed Friday morning in critical, but stable condition, the release said.
"A verbal argument may have led to the situation, the release said. Young and Lent had been dating, the released added."
"EL PASO, TX — A motive remains unknown for a rampage in which a woman was killed and an El Paso police officer was shot and wounded after stopping a motorist.
"Both might have been at the wrong place at the wrong time.
"The woman, identified by police as Cecilia Diaz, 61, was a caring person who had worked with young children, a friend said.
"El Paso police officials Wednesday identified the suspected shooter as Frank Aparicio, 30, of the 12000 block of Sal Rasura Court in the far East Side.
"About 5 a.m. Tuesday, police found Diaz inside the home where Aparicio lived, a police spokesman said.
"Police have not disclosed the connection between Diaz and Aparicio and how and when Diaz was killed.
"Aparicio was found dead Tuesday morning of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot behind a store in the Lower Valley.
"`Investigators believe and physical evidence suggests that Frank Aparicio is responsible for the murder of Cecilia Diaz and the attempted capital murder of Officer Mike Garcia,` a police news release said.
"An investigation continues but because Aparicio took his own life, investigators might never completely know why he went on a violent spree, a police spokesman has said.
"Police officials said that Aparicio is suspected of shooting Garcia on Monday night when the officer had stopped a driver on North Loop Drive near Yarbrough Drive in the Lower Valley.
"Garcia was shot several times, sparking a massive search for the shooter that included blocked streets, police dogs and helicopters.
"A police spokesman said that the shooting appeared to be a random targeting of a police officer.
"Garcia is recovering at a hospital. He has been with the Police Department for two years and is assigned to the Mission Valley Regional Command Center, officials said."
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"LEBANON, PA — Lebanon police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found shot in a northside home early Thursday morning.
"Police were called to 314 Old North Ninth St. shortly after midnight for a disturbance inside a ground-floor apartment. Old North Ninth Street is a secluded block-long row of homes that remain from before the bridge over the nearby Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks was built two years ago.
"The witness who walked by the apartment reported hearing loud arguing and glass breaking inside the residence and called 9-1-1, according to a news release issued by Lebanon police.
"When officers arrived at the scene minutes later, there was no response at the door. However, officers could see a man down in the living room of the residence through a front window and forced entry, the release stated.
"Inside, officers found a male and a female both dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Nobody else was located inside the residence.
"The names of the victims have not been released pending notification of relatives. Autopsies were scheduled at Lehigh Valley Hospital for later Thursday.
"Lebanon police Chief Daniel Wright said the male victim was known to police.
"Wright could not say if a weapon was recovered at the scene but said bullet casings were found. He would not comment further on the incident, including whether he believed it was a murder/suicide.
"`This is an active, ongoing investigation,` he said."
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"GUNNISON, CO — Jennifer Lembke, 40, and Michael King, 30, are dead in an apparent murder/suicide, Gunnison police confirmed.
"Authorities responded last evening to 421 Tincup Drive in Gunnison on reports of shots fired. They found Lembke and King dead, and their visibly shaken roommate uninjured, Gunnison Police Chief Keith Robinson said.
"Autopsies are being performed; for now, the police are not saying which victim died by homicide and which died by suicide. They also cannot release at this time what kind of firearm was used, how many shots were fired, or what might have precipitated the shooting.
"The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is finishing processing the scene."
Source: Montrose Daily Press...
"LA QUINTA, CA — Authorities say an argument between three siblings over who inherited their mother’s house in the Palm Springs area led one of them to shoot the other two before turning the gun on himself.
"Riverside County sheriff’s spokesman Michael Manning [told reporters] Thursday that 55-year-old Robert Bertrand shot and killed 61-year-old brother Rick Bertrand and shot and seriously wounded his sister Sunday at the home in La Quinta.
"Manning says the sister, whose name has not been released, was able to get into her car and drive away. She was later found in the car by deputies and remains in critical condition four days later.
"The Sheriff’s Department did not elaborate on the argument. County records show the deed is under the name of the alleged shooter, Robert Bertrand."
From the Manteca Bulletin...
"WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, PA — Police have determined that two Pottstown men found shot to death Oct. 17 was the result of a murder/suicide, according to a state police investigation report.
"Joseph E. McCullough III, 20, killed Steven E. Mixon, 27, before shooting himself with a .38 caliber revolver, according to the state police investigation report.
"A local school bus driver discovered the two men in a parked car on Forgedale Road in Washington Township at approximately 6:15 a.m. Both men were pronounced dead when police and emergency responders arrived on the scene.
"State police said there is no further information to be released at this time."
"CHICAGO, IL — Peter Robert Costello allegedly stabbed Matthew Stanton to death then fatally shot himself inside a West Lawn home Wednesday afternoon in what police called a murder/suicide.
"Both bodies were found in the bedroom of a home in the 4100 block of West 63rd Street about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, police said. A gun and knife were found near the bodies, according to a police source.
"A Thursday autopsy determined Stanton, 28, died from a stab wound to his chest and the death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
"Costello, 17, died from a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a suicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.
"Both men lived on the block, according to the medical examiner’s office. The relationship between the two was not immediately known."
From the Sun-Times...
"PETALUMA, CA — A Petaluma man who died last week after he attacked his roommate, stabbed her and then used the same knife to inflict fatal injuries on himself, authorities said Thursday.
"Thomas E. Judkins, 36, died in what Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cecile Focha on Thursday described as an `attempted murder\suicide.`
“`I don’t think he thought she would survive,` Focha said.
"Judkins was found dead last Friday in the driveway of the house he shared with the woman on the corner of Marshall Avenue and Shady Lane, just west of Petaluma. Judkins had moved to the area from Essex Junction, Vt.
"Only one knife was found at the scene. Focha described the weapon as an 8-inch tanto-style knife with a 4-inch blade.
"Authorities have not identified the roommate because she was the victim of a violent crime. She initially was being treated at a hospital for extensive injuries suffered in the attack. Focha said Thursday she could not release more information about the woman’s condition.
"The woman’s young daughter also lived at the house but she was not there at the time of the attack. She is now being cared for by family members."
Source: The Press Democrat...
"HOUSTON, TX — Houston police said a pharmacist and pharmacy technician died Wednesday afternoon in an apparent murder/suicide at Ben Taub hospital's outpatient pharmacy.
"According to investigators, surveillance video shows a 58-year-old man using a 9 mm handgun to shoot a younger female coworker in the back. She never saw him coming, police said.
"`She was standing at her work station when the suspect walks by and then is out of her range, she cannot see him and at that time that's when he discharges his weapon,` Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon said.
"The gunman then shot and killed himself, police said.
"Dozens of people were inside the pharmacy waiting to pick up prescriptions and reported hearing multiple gunshots.
"`First we thought it was a firecracker going off,` said Suzanne Dziema.
"Police said the shooter recently tried to start a relationship with the younger woman."
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
"LEDBETTER, TX — The shooting of a 19-year-old mother and her 19-month-old in Fayette County is tied to a standoff where the suspect died of an apparent suicide Monday in Austin, deputies said. The Texas Rangers were called to investigate after a 19-year-old woman was found dead Monday in a home along U.S. Highway 290 near Ledbetter in Fayette County. A 19-month-old child was rushed to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin for treatment of a head wound.
"Deputies say they got a 911 call Monday saying a woman and child were lying in blood on the floor of a home. Deputies identified the woman as Justice Martinez. They believe she died as the result of a gunshot wound.
"Fayette County Deputies say they then identified a person of interest who lived in Austin and notified police. Officers went to the man’s address, where he refused to come out. A SWAT team was called in to negotiate, but police say he killed himself instead. Police identified the dead man as Deandre Rashad L. Owens.
"Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the shooting. An autopsy has been ordered for Martinez.
"[Court records show] Martinez had an emergency protection order filed on Jan. 21 against a 25-year-old Owens, but it expired on March 21. Records indicate Martinez did not apply for a permanent protective order after the emergency order expired.
"`We don’t have stuff like that happen in this little town,` said Harley Goerlitz, who has lived in Ledbetter his entire life. `I’ve never seen anything like this in Ledbetter. It’s a calm little town; everyone’s friendly.`"
"ELPASO, TX — El Paso Police believe the two bodies found at separate locations Tuesday are linked to the shooting of an El Paso Police officer in the Lower Valley Monday night.
"Police say they believe the man, whose identity has not been released, shot the officer last night, then allegedly killed the woman in the home, and then committed suicide.
"Police have not given a motive for the killings or for the shooting of the officer.
"`There's no indication whatsoever, at this point, that the suspect even knew the officer individually,` El Paso Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Mears said. `In fact, what I'm trying to say is we believe at this point that he was targeting an officer, not a specific officer.`
"Police say the man was in a passing car when he shot the officer just before 9 p.m. Monday in the 8100 block of North Loop, near Yarbrough.
"The officer was conducting a traffic stop.
"Witnesses said they saw the car drive past the officer and heard four gunshots.
"The officer, whose name has not been released, is in stable condition at an El Paso hospital.
"`I was sitting down with my girlfriend and we just heard a really loud bang,` said witness Bryan Torres, who lives near a home on the 1200 block of Sal Rasura. That's where police found the woman's body around 5 a.m. Her name has not been released.
"Hours later, around 9:30 a.m., police responded to a call on the 9400 block of Alameda where a body was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"`I heard knocking behind our doors where it leads to the alley and I didn't respond or anything to it,` said an employee who works the business in front of where the body was found. `I just ignored it because I didn't want to open it for my security.`
"She said she believes the knocking on her door was that of the garbage man, who initially found the body behind the dumpster.
"`He's a suspect. He committed suicide,` Mears said of the man who allegedly shot the officer and killed the woman. `You're not a victim of suicide. And we believe he's a suspect in a murder, and possibly, in an attempted capital murder of a police officer. So, I wouldn't call him a victim. I can tell you he's a Hispanic male in his 30s.`"
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"JASPER, AL — Two people are dead in the McCollum community following what officials from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office believe was a murder/suicide.
"Interim Sheriff James Painter said the department received a phone call that there was an issue at a residence on Rufus Tubbs Road, just outside Jasper. The report said shots had been fired and reported that the male resident was holding his wife hostage at gunpoint and threatening to kill her and himself.
"Painter said his office attempted to contact the man to begin negotiations, but were unable to make contact. He said they later learned the phones inside the home had been shot.
"At approximately 11 p.m. Sunday, Painter said the county’s SWAT team assembled at the residence.
"`We devised a plan to surround the house and find out what was going on,` Painter said.
"When the SWAT team was unable to detect any movement or make any contact, they entered the residence and found the bodies of the husband and wife.
"Painter said the department will continue to investigate the incident, but it does appear to be a murder/suicide."
"BUFFALO, NY — A couple with a long history of domestic violence were found shot to death in the middle of an Allentown street this morning apparent victims of a murder/suicide, Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said.
"Police believe the man and woman were recently married, but had a long-standing relationship that was marked by repeated incidents of domestic violence.
"The bodies of the man and woman believed to be in their mid-40s were lying in the street when police arrived at 49 College St. at approximately 7:40 a.m., Derenda said during a late morning press conference outside Buffalo Police Headquarters on Franklin Street.
"Police were called to the same address late last night on a report of domestic violence, Derenda confirmed.
"`The suspect was gone at the time,` Derenda said. `He apparently returned this morning after being told the female was going back to Florida. We believe he killed her and then himself. It appears they moved up here a short time ago.`
"`It appears the officers did everything they needed to do,` Derenda said. `This was a long-standing relationship with a long history of domestic violence. It appears she stayed with him for whatever reason. I believe there’s an order of protection on him out of Tennessee.`
"The shooting occurred in front of the one-and-a-half story white clapboard house that the couple rented on College, neighbors said.
"They were married not too long ago, said police officials, who have not released the names of the dead.
"Derenda said the couple had a long history of domestic disturbances when they lived in Florida and Tennessee."
"LANSING, MI — A domestic dispute in a hospital parking lot left two people from Lansing dead Tuesday morning.
"Police are calling the incident a murder/suicide. They said Johnnie Conner Jr., a 44-year-old Lansing man, killed Bessie Saline Rodriguez, a 43-year-old Lansing woman, shortly after 7 a.m. and then killed himself in a rear parking lot at McLaren Greater Lansing's orthopedic hospital off South Pennsylvania Avenue. Police recovered a firearm at the scene.
"Rodriguez worked at the hospital.
"Few other details were released, such as the relationship between the two or what sparked the domestic incident. But Lansing police Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said more information may be released Wednesday.
"`Detectives are still trying to work through some things,` Merritt said Tuesday afternoon. Earlier, he said police are not looking for other suspects.
"`We're confident that we have all accounted parties involved,` he said.
"Police were called just after 7 a.m. and found both individuals unresponsive in the parking lot. Conner was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman died later at another local hospital."
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"PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix police were investigating an apparent murder/suicide between a son and his father's girlfriend, police officials said Monday.
"Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said a 39-year-old son was in a dispute with his father's girlfriend, 37, when he shot her Sunday night and later turned the gun on himself.
"The father, 68, owns the home near 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road where he lived with his girlfriend and his two sons, Crump said.
"The father tried to intervene in the fight, Crump said, and yelled for his 37-year-old son to help. But neither could prevent the older son from firing at the girlfriend and turning the gun on himself, Crump said.
"Police have not identified any of the people involved in the shooting.
"The father and the girlfriend had been together for years, Crump said, but she moved into the home only about three months ago.
"Police have previously gone to the home in response to a dispute between the girlfriend and the son suspected of having shot her, Crump said."
"BURBANK, CA — A man was killed and a woman injured today in a shooting at a self-storage facility in Burbank.
"Paramedics were sent to 3615 San Fernando Blvd. at 12:49 p.m., according to Capt. Peter Hendrickson of the Burbank Fire Department.
"The man died at the scene and the woman was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, Hendrickson said. Their names were not immediately released.
"Burbank police Officer Joshua Kendrick said late this afternoon that there `did not appear to be any outstanding suspects,` adding that he could not rule out a murder/suicide. The relationship, if any, between the man and woman was unclear, he said."
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
"BRISTOW, VA — The body of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend was found near the baseball fields of a Prince William County school Monday.
"Police were looking for Edward Everett Hale Jr., 35, of Glen Burnie after his car was found in the parking lot of T. Clay Wood Elementary School in Bristow Monday morning.
"Hale shot his girlfriend, Jessica Leigh Wilson, 31, of Bristow, Va., early Sunday morning in the 12700 block of Lednock Way in Bristow, police said.
"Neighbor Milt Sharp said he saw Hale and Wilson in Wilson's car having a conversation. A few minutes later, Sharp said he saw Wilson's feet fluttering outside the driver's side and Hale was choking her. Sharp yelled at him and he stopped long enough for Wilson to get out, but she tripped and fell, according to Sharp.
"Sharp said Wilson looked at Hale and said, `Ed, don't do it,` but Hale fired anyway.
"Sharp ran into his house to take cover and call 911."
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Monday, October 20, 2014
"HOUSTON, TX — A husband and wife were found shot to death in a suspected murder/suicide in south Houston home Sunday morning. The husband's wound apparently self-inflicted, Houston Police said.
"Raul Cruz, whose age was unknown, and Maribel Cruz, 43, were found dead around 7 a.m. at their home at 9523 Garden Bridge, according to HPD spokesman Kese Smith.
"Police believe at this time that Raul Cruz killed Maribel Cruz and then himself, though police are still waiting on an autopsy.
"A firearm was also recovered.
"The Cruz's two daughters heard gunshots in the early morning hours, but after checking on their parents and finding them apparently asleep, went back to sleep themselves, Smith said.
"He said when one of the daughters got up to get ready for work in the morning, she noticed her stepfather Raul Cruz's truck still in the driveway, when he should have been at work.
"She then found the Cruz's dead, Smith said.
"There was no information yet on a motive, police said."
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"BELLEVILLE, NJ — A man and woman are dead after an apparent murder/suicide in Belleville, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday.
"Police discovered the bodies of John Sykes, 47, and Felicia Hunt, 23, in a home on 62 New Street around 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to the prosecutor’s office. Officers were called to the residence to check on Sykes after he didn't show up for work.
"`As the officers peered in a window they observed a male and female lying dead,` the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
"Sykes apparently killed Hunt before taking his own life, Essex County Prosecutor's Office Chief of Detectives Anthony Ambrose said.
"The two lived together at the house and `appeared` to be involved in a relationship, according to the prosecutor’s office.
"Autopsies were pending and the Essex County Homicide Task Force was investigating.
"Authorities did not immediately provide additional details."
"PLANO, TX — On Friday, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Plano police responded to 3544 Big Horn Trail in response to a shooting and domestic violence incident.
"Upon officers' arrival, neighbors reported that they heard a series of shots in the area. Officers were further advised that a woman ran from the residence to a neighbor’s house with apparent gunshot wounds. She was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
"The suspect was found deceased inside the home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He has been identified as William Donald Collyar, a 55-year-old, white male from Plano. The deceased’s next of kin have been notified.
"According to the Plano PD, the investigation is still on-going."
"FREMONT, NH — A man suspected of killing a woman whose body was discovered inside her Main Street apartment early Friday morning was found dead of an apparent suicide several hours later, authorities said.
"The man was located inside his truck about a mile away from the home at 296 Main St., where state and local police converged sometime around 5 a.m. after receiving a report of an unresponsive female at the home.
"The state attorney general’s office said the woman was the victim of a homicide and that the man suspected in the death was an `acquaintance.`
"Assistant Attorney General Jay McCormack said investigators are looking into the nature of their relationship to `maybe shed light on why this occurred.`
"Authorities have not released the names of the man and woman pending notification of family members. They also haven’t said how either of them died. McCormack said an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause and manner of death.
"The homicide came as a shock to this town of more than 4,400. Town Historian Matthew Thomas said the death is the first homicide to occur in Fremont, which this year is celebrating its 250th anniversary."
"PORT ORANGE, FL — A Florida father fatally shot two of his children and critically injured a third early Friday morning, authorities said.
"David Mohney, 52, and two of his children, 14-year-old Savanna and 11-year-old David, died in the tragic murder/suicide, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
"His remaining daughter, 9-year-old Lauren, was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando where she is currently in critical condition.
"The father had been fighting with his wife, Cynthia Mohney, an emergency nurse, in their home on Jackson Lane in Port Orange before reaching for his gun, according to police.
"Cynthia Mohney, 48, fled to a neighbor’s home to seek safety and help, saying a couple’s quarrel had spiraled out of control and her husband turned violent.
"`She said her husband had threatened her with a gun,` Volusia County Sheriff’s Officer Gary Davidson told [reporters].
"Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call about the incident about 5:11 a.m.
"Shortly after, gunshots rang out from inside the home at 1927 Jackson Lane, according to a release from the office.
"Police say they found Mohney on the kitchen floor with a handgun by his side, the daughters in an upstairs bedroom together and the son in a ground floor bedroom.
"David and Savanna were pronounced dead at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
"A source told [reporters] that Mohney is a retired military man who moved his family to Port Orange, a city just south of Daytona Beach, about seven years ago so he could study at Palmer College of Chiropractic."
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"ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The elderly couple who were found dead in their home on 224 Richmond Drive SE on Wednesday have been identified as Bernard Pfeffer, 93, and his 90-year-old wife, Lola Pfeffer, according to Albuquerque police.
"APD spokesman Tanner Tixier said that so far the police investigation indicates the Pfeffers both died from gunshot wounds. Lola Pfeffer appears to have been shot by Bernard Pfeffer and Bernard Pfeffer’s wounds appear to be self-inflicted, he said.
"Police were called to the home at the corner of Lead and Richmond Wednesday morning after a family member found the couple dead inside the house.
"Later Wednesday, police said evidence at the scene suggested that it was a murder-suicide situation."
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"JAY, FL — The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of two people involved in an apparent murder/suicide near Jay early Thursday morning.
"The Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a shooting at 3771 Nowling Road at 5:56 a.m., and deputies were on scene within three minutes.
"Deputies found two deceased individuals—a male and a female—inside the residence. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office said the incident was domestic violence related.
"The victims were identified as 41-year old Misty Wright Herring and 43-year old Max Bruce Herring. According to court records, the two were in the process of getting a divorce.
"The shooting appeared to have occurred sometime during the overnight hours. Misty had two children from a previous marriage. Lt. Leeland Butcher said the children were not involved in the shooting and are being cared for by relatives.
"Investigators were also seen combing through a truck in the parking lot of the Moore Creek-Mt Carmel Utilities company, a short distance from the scene. Investigators removed at lease one weapon, a long gun, from the vehicle. The vehicle reportedly belonged to one of the victims.
"The incident remains under investigation."
"SAN FRANSISCO, CA — A woman who was shot in San Francisco last Friday by a man who then took his own life succumbed to her injuries on Monday, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.
"The woman, identified by the medical examiner’s office as 35-year-old Cecilia Lam, of San Francisco, was shot around 5 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of Natoma Street, police said.
"Lam was shot by Cedric Young Jr., 29, following a series of domestic disturbances at the residence the two shared together. Young then shot himself to death, police said.
"Investigators said the incident was a culmination of a series of calls at the home during the previous two days. Officers responded at about 8:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. and arrested Young on suspicion of public intoxication.
"He was taken to county jail and later released.
"Officers responded again to the home around 4 a.m. and encountered Young, who told them he wanted to get some of his belongings from the home. Officers stayed at the scene while Young retrieved some items and left.
"He apparently returned and forced his way into the apartment, where he shot Lam and himself, police said. Lam was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition and died Monday.
"Police had arrested Young in 2012 on suspicion of domestic violence, but the case was later dropped. Police are still investigating how he obtained the gun prior to Friday’s shooting."
"ORLANDO, FL — Investigators believe a deadly shooting in Orange County was the result of a murder-suicide.
"The bodies of a 52-year-old Theodore Riker and a 32-year-old Malinda Roberts were found in a home on 9402 5th Avenue Wednesday night in Taft, deputies said.
"Investigators said Riker and Malinda, who were each shot to death, had not been heard from in several days and neighbors reported seeing their dog running loose in the neighborhood. Deputies arrived at the home in response to a well-being call.
"A suicide note was found in the bedroom where the bodies were discovered, deputies said.
"Investigators said they are not sure how long the couple had been dead.
"Deputies said there was no recorded history of violent incidents stemming from the home,
"`We have no history of calls here, but some of the neighbors say there was a history of arguing at that house,` said Lt. Paul Hopkins with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
"Investigators have not said which person they believe was the shooter.
"Deputies said they are not looking for any suspects in the case because it is believed the shooter is one of the deceased."
"JACKSONVILLE, FL — The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder/suicide after an estranged couple were found dead Wednesday inside an apartment on the Southside.
"A relative found Lori Ann Sallas, 42, and ex-husband Daniel Curt Sallas, 43, dead inside the woman’s apartment at the Elements at Belle Rive at 10010 Belle Rive Blvd., police said.
"The relative went looking for Lori Sallas because he hadn’t heard from her in a while and authorities at the complex let him into the apartment to check on the woman, said Sgt. Dan Janson.
"Officers responded to the scene about 12:40 p.m. and found a gun in the apartment along with the bodies, Janson said.
"Daniel Curt Sallas has been arrested twice in the last two years on domestic-violence charges. The two were recently divorced but had been seeing each other on and off, police said.
"The incident is under investigation but it appears Daniel Sallas shot his former wife and then himself, according to police.
"Janson said it looks like the shooting happened sometime in the 24 hours before the two bodies were found."
"YULEE, FL — A grudge ignited nearly a decade ago over a job loss exploded into violence Tuesday that ended with one man killed in a Wal-Mart parking lot and the other dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
"Allen James Fourtunia, 59, blamed supervisors for losing his job at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in 2005, and a random encounter Tuesday with one of those bosses ended in death, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.
"Investigators said Fourtunia ran over Steven G. Swan, 53, in the parking lot of a super Wal-Mart on Florida 200 in Yulee, so angry that he got out of his car and kicked and punched Swan before driving off. Swan was taken to UF Health Jacksonville where he died.
"His exact cause of death was not immediately available.
"Following the assault, Fourtunia drove off and was followed by witnesses to his home on Arrigo Boulevard in the Nassau Lakes subdivision.
"He shot at the witnesses when three cars pulled up behind him, investigators said. No one was hurt, but the shots drew nearby deputies who then exchanged gunfire with Fourtunia.
"He killed himself inside the house. Investigators found evidence there that Fourtunia had been suicidal for some time, said Undersheriff George Lueders."
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"ARROWBEAR, CA — A young man shot a friend and then turned the gun on himself in a home in the community of Arrowbear west of Big Bear Lake, sheriff's officials said.
"The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department received a report of a missing person at 7:41 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, and went to investigate a home in the 32000 block of Arrowbear Drive, a sheriff's news release stated.
"When deputies arrived, they found two men, later identified as 24-year-old Running Springs resident Jesse Robert Fischer and 23-year-old Arrowbear resident Zakery James McCoy, dead with gunshot wounds inside the home, the release stated.
"Investigators determined Fischer shot McCoy and then shot himself."
"PORTLAND, TN — Two people were found dead inside their home Tuesday night after an apparent murder/suicide.
"Portland police said Richard Hinsley, 47, and Tammy Hodges, 36, were found dead inside their home just around 8 p.m. Tuesday after a family member showed up at the home.
"The husband and wife lived at 301 Jackson Rd.
"Police said Hinsley contacted Hodges, his estranged wife, to come by the house to talk about their relationship. Police said this was an attempt to lure her in the home to kill her.
"Police believe Hodges arrived between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. As she sat on the couch, he shot her once in the head and then shot himself.
"When Hodges didn't return home, Hodge's nephew went to the residence and discovered them.
"`My sister did not deserve to die,` said Diana Finley, Hodges' sister in-law. `I'm astonished. I feel like I'm in a dream.`
"Between 1985 and 1996, Hinsley was convicted of several crimes including aggravated assault, robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted second-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections. He was released from prison in 2011."
"ONTARIO, OR — Malheur County Sheriff's deputies are investigating after two people were found dead in a home northwest of Ontario early Tuesday evening.
"Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson said deputies found the bodies after performing a welfare check at 518 Foothill Drive at 5:31 p.m. Tuesday. They secured the house as a crime scene.
"The Oregon State Police Crime Lab was called from Pendleton, and officers obtained search warrants before re-entering the home.
"Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe said the incident appeared to be a possible murder/suicide or double suicide, but it is not yet clear what actually had happened in the home.
"Johnson said that despite not yet knowing what had transpired, it did not appear from the initial investigation that anyone other than the two people in the house were involved.
"`They [investigators] basically determined that there was no outside influence to what took place in the house,` Johnson said.
"Johnson said both people were residents in the home. Larry Thorndike, 34, and Amy Labeaf, 32, were found to have gunshot wounds.
"Johnson said autopsies will be performed as part of the investigation.
"`We're going to continue the investigation just to make sure we don't miss anything and to cover every base possible and ensure there are no safety issues,` Johnson said."
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"NORCROSS, GA — Two women shot by a family member this week in Peachtree Corners continue to recover at Gwinnett Medical Center.
"Brandon Mclean opened fire on his mother, 57-year-old Betty Mclean; his aunt, 52-year-old Charlotte Longnecker; his 13-year-old niece, Kayla Serrano; and his 19-year-old nephew, Andre Mclean, before turning the gun on himself.
"Both teens died as did the 30-year-old gunman.
"Gwinnett Police released the 911 call Thursday made by Ted Longnecker, who was outside when he heard the gunshots. When he went inside to check on the commotion, he too was shot at but escaped.
"`I think he shot my wife dead… but I can’t get up there because he’s got a gun,` he told the 911 operator.
"His wife, Charlotte, was shot in the arm and her sister shot in the chest as Mclean fired through the bathroom door.
"Police still don’t have a motive for the shooting, but Longnecker says in the call that Mclean had been violent.
"`They was (sic) having a talk with him because he’s been violent… they’re trying to get him out of the house,` he says.
"Longnecker told [reporters] TV Mclean was unemployed and was living off his mother. The family is now displaced and has no money to bury the teens."
Friday, October 17, 2014
"BREMERTON, WA — A 55-year-old woman is suspected of fatally stabbing her husband and setting their Covina Loop home on fire Sunday morning, the Kitsap Sun reported Monday.
"The woman, who was found inside the home, is being treated for severe burns at Harborview Medical Center.
"The medical examiner’s office said confirmed the victim is 54-year-old Alan J. Carpentier.
"According to police, officers were called to a report of an assault Sunday morning in the 8500 block of Covina Loop NE in East Bremerton. Once on scene, they found a 54-year-old man who had been stabbed and stumbled across the road to ask for help. He was transported to the Harrison Hospital in Silverdale where he later died.
"Officers at the scene spotted smoke coming from a nearby residence. Inside, they found the victim’s wife laying in the home with severe burns and bad smoke inhalation.
"Police said they believe it was the woman who was responsible for stabbing her husband and then attempting to start her home on fire."
"CARUTHERSVILLE, MO — One woman is recovering from injuries following a shooting which left two others dead.
"At 11:11 p.m. Monday, Caruthersville Police responded to a report of a shooting at 902 Collins Ave. Outside the home, officers found a 9-year-old juvenile, who informed them her grandmother and grandfather were dead.
"Inside the residence, officers located Paula Hudgings, 48, lying on the living room floor with a bullet wound, according to a news release from the Caruthersville Police Department. David Hudgings, 52, was lying lifeless on the living room floor with what officers said appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"A female, who was at the residence at the time of the shooting, said the couple had gotten into an argument. When Mrs. Hudgings asked Hudgings to leave, the witness stated he pulled out a firearm and shot Mrs. Hudgings in the back as she was standing in the doorway.
"Hudgings then pointed the gun and shot Kortni Lewis, 18, who was also in the residence. According to the witness, she heard Lewis say she was shot.
"The witness told officers Hudgings then fired one round at her before he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.
"At that time, the witness, along with the child and Lewis fled to a residence next door.
"Hudgings was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pemiscot County Coroner. Mrs. Hudgings was taken to the Hayti Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
"Lewis was located lying on the concrete under a carport next door with a bullet wound to the arm. She was transported to the Hayti Hospital then transferred to a hospital in Cape Girardeau for treatment.
"No one else was injured in the incident, according to police and the child was turned over to a family member."
"OXFORD, MS — At 9:43 a.m on Oct. 13, the Oxford Police Department responded to an ambulance assistance call on St. Andrews Circle. At approximately the same time, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s office was responding to a call on County Road 105 about a possible suicide.
"Once both separate scenes were determined safe and the surrounding area was secured, the Oxford Police Department and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office initiated a joint investigation. The investigation indicates that the incident was a murder/suicide of two associated individuals. The investigation has determined that the two individuals found at the separate scenes were killed by gunshot. The victims were identified as Sharon Pegues Orange and Michael Vernon Orange.
"Sharon Pegues Orange was the estranged wife of Michael Vernon Orange and at this time authorities have not determined if the couple was legally divorced."
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"COMMERCE CITY, CO — Commerce City Police are investigating a suspected murder/suicide after a man and woman were found dead in their home Sunday afternoon.
"Officers responded to a call about a shooting at 5761 East 65th Way around 3:55 p.m. Sunday. They found a man and a woman, both in their 50s, dead in the house.
"`It appears to be a murder/suicide,` said Detective Christian Rasmussen, spokesman for the Commerce City Police Department.
"A juvenile female in the house called in the shooting, Rasmussen said.
"Rasmussen said there was no history of domestic disputes at the address.
"The investigation is ongoing."
"LAS VEGAS, NV — A man and child are dead after an incident near West Washington Avenue and North Jones Boulevard on Sunday.
"It was reported around 8:13 a.m. on Sunday.
"Officers responded to an apartment complex located in the 1000 block of North Jones Boulevard to investigate reports of an unresponsive male inside of a vehicle.
"Arriving officers located an adult male inside of the vehicle who was pronounced deceased at the scene.
"Officers and medical personnel also located a deceased female infant inside of the residence.
"The investigation initiated by the LVMPD Homicide Section indicates the male and his wife recently became the foster parents for the deceased victim and another child.
"The suspect was last seen putting the deceased child to bed in the early morning hours of Oct. 12, and then left for work.
"The suspect never showed up for work and his work called numerous times checking on his status.
"The suspect’s wife woke up in the morning and went outside with their other foster child and located the male inside of his vehicle.
"After the arrival of officers, the suspect’s wife went back up to the residence to try and locate keys to the vehicle, when she found the deceased child in her crib.
"Through investigation, it appears that the suspect killed the child and then went out to his vehicle where he took his own life.
"The identities of the deceased, as well as the cause and manner of death, will be released by the Clark County coroner’s office. The second child was unharmed and was taken into custody by Child Protective Services."
"THE VILLAGES, FL — The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what they believe to be a murder/suicide of an elderly couple in the Villages.
"Detectives believe the two are the occupants of the 1669 Oak Forest Drive home, who were found dead by deputies Friday evening. Their names have not been released pending notification of next of kin.
"Lt. Bobby Caruthers, sheriff’s spokesman, said friends of the woman came to the sheriff’s office about 11 a.m. Friday to report they hadn’t seen her since Wednesday.
"Caruthers added the friends said the couple were going through a divorce.
"It’s not clear if the doors were locked when deputies first approached the home Friday. But Caruthers said deputies had to get a search warrant and were able to get inside the one-story home just after 6 p.m., where they found the man lying face down surrounded by blood on the bathroom floor.
"When they turned him over, a .38 caliber handgun fell out his hand and it appeared he died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
"Caruthers said the woman was found face down on the bedroom floor and it wasn’t clear how she died.
"Caruthers said investigators believe the deaths occurred sometime Thursday due to that day’s newspaper being inside the home and Friday’s newspaper still outside. He said autopsies will be performed on both."
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Friday, October 10, 2014
"ATLANTA, GA — Police are investigating the deaths of two people found in a car in southwest Atlanta Friday morning as a murder/suicide.
"Atlanta police spokesman Ralph Woolfolk said homicide investigators were called to Pine Canyon Drive off Hogan Road.
"According to police dispatchers, the two people were found dead in a blue Chevrolet Impala just before 9 a.m.
"The man driving the car apparently shot and killed his female passenger, then turned the gun on himself, detectives told [reporters].
"Their identities have not been released."
"OKOLONA, KY — Louisville Metro Police said a double shooting inside an Okolona home Thursday night appears to be a murder/suicide.
"Police were called to a home, which doubled as the Okolona Tax Services business, on 4302 Mud Lane where they found the bodies of a man and a woman.
"The relationship between the man and the woman is not clear at this time, but police said the man shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself."
"MELBOURNE, FL — Two people were found dead Thursday in what appears to be a murder/suicide, according to Brevard County sheriff's investigators.
"Investigators said the bodies were found inside a home on Sapphire Street, just east of Interstate 95 near Melbourne.
"According to investigators, deputies went to the home to serve a warrant on Kayla Hemby, 26,and found her body and the body of Michael Barker, 42, in the home.
"They said the two appeared to have died from gunshot wounds sometime Thursday.
"`Both of them do have a history with us,` said Tod Goodyear, of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
"Two elderly women who live in the home were not hurt."
"FENTON, MO — A married couple is dead after what police say was a murder/suicide in Fenton. Investigators are on the scene on Rockshire Drive.
"At approximately 6:05 a.m. today, officers received a call for a shooting on 713 Rockshire Drive.
"Upon arrival, officers found two victims dead of apparent gunshot wounds. A relative of the victims called police to the scene.
"The victims were identified as James Roesslein, 81, and Patsy Roesslein, 77, who lived at the address. The two were husband and wife, and `all indications at this point in the investigation point to the causes of death being a murder-suicide,` says a news release from St. Louis County Police Department Public Information Coordinator Sgt. Brian Schellman.
"Through their initial investigation, detectives believe James Roesslein shot his wife, and then took his own life."
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"RICHMOND, VA — Richmond Police detectives have identified the four individuals found shot to death in a domestic-related incident Wednesday night in south Richmond.
"When they arrived at the scene around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, officers found Adreena D. Gary, 19, shot outside the front door of the residence at 100 E. Roanoke St. Police said she died at the scene.
"Inside the home, officers found Michelle S. Kelly, 22, and Keytrell Kelly, 2, and Traymont B. Burton, 21, who lived at the residence where the shooting occurred. All three suffered gunshot wounds and died at the scene, police said.
"According to police, Burton and Michelle Kelly were ex-romantic partners and parents of Keytrell. Gray was a friend of Michelle Kelly.
"Based on detectives' investigation, they have determined that Burton shot all three individuals before turning the gun on himself."
"PHOENIX, AZ — Police say they are investigating the deaths of a recently divorced couple as a murder/suicide.
"A woman in her 50s was found with fatal gunshot wounds Tuesday afternoon in a luxury home near 67th Avenue and Jomax Road, according to Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman.
"A man, also in his 50s, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Crump said. A handgun was next to him.
"Crump said a 14-year-old girl came home to make the discovery at about 4 p.m. and called police. She found her stepfather in a bedroom and her mother in the garage, sitting in the driver's seat of a car that had multiple bullet holes in it, he said.
"Police said neighbors heard gunshots around 7:30 Tuesday morning.
"The couple had recently divorced and the stepfather was supposed to be out of the house within the next few days, Crump said."
"PINE BLUFF, AR — A husband and wife were found dead inside their Pine Bluff home Tuesday, and police say their deaths appear to be the result of a murder/suicide.
"Pine Bluff police responded about 9:30 a.m. to multiple requests for a welfare check at 4510 Thompson Road, where John Williams, 68, and his wife, Sandra Williams, 64, were found dead inside the home.
"Pine Bluff Police Department detectives are investigating their deaths as a murder-suicide, a department spokesman said in a news release. The Williams' bodies were taken to the state Crime Laboratory for autopsies.
"It marks the 13th homicide in Pine Bluff this year, police said."
"HARRISON, AR — The Harrison Police Department says a husband and wife are dead after an apparent murder/suicide, Monday evening.
"According to Chief Paul Woodruff, the department was asked to check on 24-year-old Bailie Breedlove around 2:30 p.m., at her home on 1020 W. Prospect in Harrison.
"Police say the woman’s grandfather wanted her to be checked on because her three children (ages 3, 3 and 4) had not be picked up from daycare.
"Woodruff says when officers entered the home they found the bodies of Bailie Breedlove and her husband 26-year-old, Zacri Breedlove, in a back bedroom.
"Police say they believe Zacri Breedlove shot his wife multiple times in the upper torso before killing himself.
"Woodruff says family members told the police department Bailie Breedlove had planned on leaving her husband.
"The couple’s children have be placed in the care of their family members.
"Police say they had responded to domestic disputes at the home in the past on reports of yelling and screaming."
"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."
"NEW ORLEANS, LA — New Orleans police are investigating a murder/suicide in the Bywater neighborhood where police say a man killed his brother and sister then killed himself.
"Police say they were called to a home 1016 Pauline Street between North Rampart Street and St.Claude Avenue around 3 a.m. Tuesday.
"They found three victims inside the home who had been shot and killed. Police say the victims are a 55-year-old Christopher Conrad, a 58-year-old Billy Conrad and 60-year-old Terry Fedoroff who are all siblings.
"The woman's husband went to the home around 2:21 a.m. When he did not get an answer at the door, he forced his way into the home and found the three victims dead inside the home.
"Police say Christopher shot Billy and Terry before turning the gun on himself. No other details into the investigation were released."
"SPRINGFIELD, MA — Police identified the two people killed in a murder/suicide on Eddy Street as Ramonita Colon and Cristobal Gonzalez.
"The bodies of Colon and Gonzalez were found in a bedroom at 16 Eddy St. Monday morning after police went there to conduct a well-being check after a daughter had been unable to reach her parents over the weekend.
"Investigators believe Gonzalez shot Colon and then turned the gun on himself, said Springfield Police spokesman John Delaney.
"Delaney said the state Medical Examiner is scheduled to perform an autopsy shortly.
"The deaths occurred sometime over the weekend, Delaney said.
"The first officers arriving on scene found no activity at the house and no one answered the door, Delaney said. The officers could hear music coming from inside the home.
"They gained entry by climbing through a window and found the couple dead in the bedroom, he said."
"HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI — Michigan State Police say a father and daughter have been found dead more than 80 miles apart.
"Police say 59-year-old Gary Volkers was found dead by a vehicle near LeRoy Township on Sunday. They say investigators found his daughter, 31-year-old Stacey Grotenhuis, dead in her father's Holland Township home after evidence at the first scene led them there.
"State Police First Lt. Chris McIntire says it's too early to confirm a murder-suicide but there is no indication that another person was involved. He says Grotenhuis' death is being investigated as a homicide and investigators are trying to determine how Volkers died. They are waiting for autopsy results for both.
"Grotenhuis recently moved back to Michigan and had been staying with her father."
"MILFORD, OH — Police have identified the two men who died Monday in an apparent murder suicide in Miami Township.
"John Waitas, 38, shot Robert Dyer before turning the gun on himself, according to a release from Miami Township Assistant Police Chief Mike Mills.
"Dyer, 35, lived with Waitas' estranged wife, Shannon Waitas, at a home on 5426 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road. Waitas reportedly broke into the home around 5:50 a.m. and shot Dyer multiple times.
"Authorities say Waitas had a brief verbal encounter with his estranged wife before taking his own life. Shannon and three children in the home were not hurt in the incident.
"Miami Township Police were called to the residence last month when Waitas came to the home and refused to leave."
"ROYALTON, NY — Police have released the names of a man and woman found dead following a murder/suicide Sunday at their home in the town of Royalton, Niagara County.
"Police said Kimberli Socha, 30, and her boyfriend, Darryl McDaniel, 32 were both found dead Sunday from apparent gunshot wounds.
"Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour said Monday that based on some cell phone evidence, the apparent murder/suicide was planned minutes before it happened.
"`We did view some cell phone messages, some text messages that came from Mr. McDaniel,` said Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour. `I believe it was probably heat of the moment, but I can tell you some of the text messages were just some goodbyes that he sent. He sent some goodbyes, which would indicate to me that there was at least a short-term plan.`
"State police and sheriff's deputies were called around 11 a.m. Sunday to a home on 8838 Fisk Road, after the bodies of Socha and McDaniel were found by Socha's brother.
"Police said that McDaniel shot Socha, along with three dogs, inside the house. Several guns were found inside the home, and Voutour said it appears a shotgun and possibly a .22 rifle were use in the shooting."
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"TERRE HAUTE, IN — A newlywed in Indiana allegedly shot by her husband following an argument just hours after the wedding called 911 for help just before the shooting but gave dispatchers the wrong address, officials said.
"Kelly Ecker Samson told a 911 dispatcher her husband of just hours, Dr. George `Scott` Samson, was threatening to kill her, and gave the address of their Terra Haute home as 4205 North Creal Street, although the address was actually 4025.
"She then followed up with three more calls, again giving the incorrect address. The last call ended with screams and what sounded like gunshots, dispatchers said.
"Dispatchers attempting to locate the house could find no 4025 N. Creal St. on the map scheme used with the 911 system, and Kelly Samson's smartphone did not have `smart 911` activated on her cell phone, making it impossible to track it.
"When police deputies finally arrived at the right house, they found Kelly Samson dead in a bedroom from multiple gunshots.
"Dr. Samson's father and Kelly Samson's son from a previous marriage were at the house and told police the doctor had `gathered multiple rounds of ammunition, and fled into the basement.`
"Police evacuated the father and son along with Kelly Samson's mother-in-law from the house.
"Police then called in SWAT team who looked into the basement using a remote camera, seeing an unresponsive Dr. Samson who apparently had died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head."
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"FAIRVIEW TWP, PA — A Texas man thought a York County woman was his girlfriend, but she did not, which may have been the impetus for an early-morning murder/suicide Sunday in Fairview Township, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay.
"Gay said Monees Ahmad Ansari, 30, of Round Mountain, Tex., shot Cari Stailey, 32, in the head and then turned the gun on himself, firing a bullet into his head.
"`He (Ansari) thought they were boyfriend-girlfriend; she did not,` Gay said. `She was in a relationship with another man.`
"About 12:30 a.m., officers were called to the 500 block of Benyou Lane for a report of a disturbance between a man and a woman, according to a police statement released Sunday morning.
"`Upon arrival, police saw the man take the woman behind a storage shed and then heard gunshots,` the release states. `It is believed the man shot the woman, then shot himself, police said.`
"Both people were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
"The nature of the pair's relationship and the reason for the murder/suicide are still being investigated."
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"THOUSAND OAKS, CA — After shooting and killing his wife, a Thousand Oaks man took his own life Oct. 3 inside the couple’s Sunset Hills home, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner ’s Office and the Thousand Oaks Police Department.
"That evening around 5:10 p.m., TOPD officers responding to a disturbance call to the couple’s home on 1677 Calle Rochelle found the bodies of Michael Seibert, 66, and his wife, Priscilla Coolidge, 73.
"Both Coolidge and Seibert died from gunshot wounds, said James Baroni of the medical examiner’s office.
"The examiner has ruled the deaths a suicide and homicide respectively, he said.
"The disturbance report was called in by a member of Coolidge and Seibert’s family, said Capt. Don Aguilar, media relations officer for the sheriff’s department.
"`We only knew there was a disturbance. We didn’t know what was going on when we went in. It was a tough one to start off on and it took us a while, using our investigative tools to piece together what we think happened,` Aguilar said.
"The sheriff’s captain confirmed TOPD had been summoned to the residence for a disturbance the day before the fatal events, but the nature of that call has not been released.
"Coolidge was a singer who, in the 1970s, released two solo albums while married to her first husband—musician, songwriter and record producer Booker T. Jones. She was named Billboard Magazine’s best female vocalist two years running.
"She later performed and recorded with her Grammy-awardwinning sister, Rita Coolidge, and daughter, Laura Satterfield, as the Native American trio Walela. Rita Coolidge is best known for her hit “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.”
"From 1981 to 1984, Priscilla Coolidge was married to Ed Bradley from CBS’ 60 Minutes.
"Information on Seibert wasn’t immediately available."
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Friday, October 3, 2014
"CHARLOTTE, NC — An elderly couple died in an apparent murder-suicide at a south Charlotte apartment, police said.
"CMPD were called to the 4200 block of Myers Hunter Lane around 1:20 Thursday afternoon on reports of two elderly victims with gunshot wounds inside a home.
"Deputies with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office were attempting to serve an eviction notice when they located the victims.
"CMPD identified the victims as 70-year-old Edward Rosner and 68-year-old Prudence Rosner.
"According to the investigation, Edward Rosner shot his wife, Prudence Rosner, before turning the gun on himself, taking his own life. There is no indication that anyone other than the couple were present inside the residence at the time of their deaths.
"Edward Rosner was pronounced deceased on the scene, while Prudence Rosner was taken to CMC Main by MEDIC with life threatening injuries, where she later died."