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Delaware State Police Investigating Homicide-Suicide Incident- Bridgeville


Date Posted: Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Bridgeville, DE – Delaware State Police are investigating a homicide-suicide in the Bridgeville area that occurred Thursday night.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021, troopers were dispatched to the 100 block of Emily’s Pintail Drive for a report of a shooting.

Prior to their arrival, it was determined the homeowners, a 71-year-old male victim and his wife had returned to their residence at approximately 9:30 p.m. The female was in the first floor bathroom when she heard footsteps on the second floor, where her 58-year-old brother resides. Immediately after hearing the footsteps, she heard a loud bang. When she exited the bathroom, she discovered her husband in the family room with an apparent gunshot wound. The female ran to a neighbor’s house where police were called.

Responding officers located the 71-year-old male victim deceased in the family room with an apparent gunshot wound. They then searched the residence and located the 58-year-old male suspect deceased upstairs in his bedroom with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Both men were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The bodies have been turned over to the Division of Forensic Science where an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing their investigation into this suspected murder/suicide incident and there is no concerns for public safety. No motive has been established for this incident.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Short at 302-741-2727. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at DSP_VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper

Released: 120321 1058

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