|Sergeant Paul Shavack
TWO DEAD IN SUSPECTED MURDER / SUICIDE
DSP News Release: Two Dead in Suspected Murder/Suicide
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Bridgeville- Wednesday June 15th 2011 Delaware State Police responded to a residence on the 6200 block of Dublin Hill Road W/O Bridgeville Delaware. The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center (911) received an emergency call around 4:07 pm from the Bridgeville residence.
The emergency call was made from the residence of Janice K. Warrington-48 and Keith E. Warrington-47 both of Bridgeville Delaware. A preliminary Delaware State Police Homicide investigation suggests the call was placed by Keith E. Warrington and indicated his wife Janice K. Warrington had been shot.
State Police Troop 5 officers responded to the Warrington residence for a suspected domestic altercation. Once on scene Troopers were unsuccessful in their attempts to establish a line of communication with Janice and Keith Warrington.
Due to the exigent circumstances Troopers entered the front door of the Warrington’s residence. As Troopers conducted a room by room search of the residence, they came across Janice and Keith Warrington inside a bathroom. Sussex County emergency medical personnel entered the residence to render medical assistance however both Janice and Keith Warrington were both deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.
The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit assisted by the Sussex County Attorney General's Office began an investigation into the suspected murder/suicide. Homicide detectives determined that Keith Warrington shot his spouse Janice Warrington with a shotgun while she was in the bathroom. Keith Warrington is then believed to have turned the shotgun on himself and took his own life. The State Police Evidence Detection Unit recovered the shotgun inside the residence.
Delaware State Police Homicide detectives are continuing to gather information surrounding this investigation. I will release additional public information concerning this case as soon as it becomes available.
The victims were turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who will conduct a post-mortem examination. State Police detectives currently are not releasing the suspected number of shots fired during this incident.