Sunday, March 27, 2011

la Vergne, TN: UPDATE: Police: Murder-suicide in La Vergne suburb

LA VERGNE — The identities of those dead in what police say appears to be a murder-suicide have now been confirmed.

Daniel Sim, 28, was likely asleep in the bedroom of his Betty Lou Lane home Friday morning when his wife, Nith Sim, 27, shot him, police said.

Police Chief Ted Boyd said Nith Sim likely took one gun to shoot her husband, but it jammed, prompting her to use another.

Both guns were found on the floor of the couple's bedroom. Their two children were in the room with them when the shootings occurred, police said.

Boyd said the children are unharmed, and the state Department of Children's Services is coming in to make arrangements for the children.

Boyd said it is likely the children will return to New York with Daniel Sim's mother, who was visiting at the time.

Reported earlier

A woman was killed and her husband injured at a home in the Lake Forest neighborhood of La Vergne Friday, according to La Vergne's police chief.

“We don’t know exactly what took place,” said Chief Ted Boyd, adding that the shooting happened around 10:20 a.m. The man who was shot was still alive last time police checked with medical officials, but more details about his condition are currently unknown.

A preliminary investigation has revealed the woman and her husband, along with a 5-month-old and 2-year-old, were locked inside a bedroom at their 1019 Betty Lou Drive home when the shooting occurred. The male victim’s mother, who was visiting from New York, was also inside the home.

She told police that she heard a popping sound inside the home, but thought someone had dropped something on the floor.

“She heard the baby crying in the room and went to the door,” Boyd said. “The door was locked and she couldn’t get anyone to respond. She then went outside and went to the window, but couldn’t get anyone to respond there either.”

Boyd said the woman told police she found a key to the door and went inside and discovered both her son and daughter-in-law had been shot. Two handguns were also lying on the floor.

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