Friday, March 23, 2012

Jessup, IA: Identities Confirmed: 2 Dead in alleged murder-suicide in Jessup

JESUP, Iowa --- Authorities are investigating what neighbors describe as a murder-suicide, a violent incident that shook the town Wednesday night.
Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Wolfgram would only confirm officers were dealing with a shooting, however. He added there was no reason for the public to be concerned about safety.
Details likely will not be available officially until mid-morning today and then would be released by County Attorney Shawn Harden, according to the sheriff.
Family identified one of the victims as Lindsay Nichols of Evansdale. A 2008 graduate of East High School and an honors student, she is the granddaughter of former Evansdale Mayor Ron Nichols, and daughter of former Evansdale councilman Tom Nichols, a Black Hawk County deputy sheriff.
A man who lives a few doors from the intersection of Stevens and Ninth streets said he heard yelling and then two gunshots. After a few seconds, a third shot rang out.
“It scared me. I’m still shaking,” said the man who declined to give his name.
He said he called 911.
The incident happened about 9 p.m.
Another neighbor said she was returned home from work within minutes of the incident and saw two people on the ground. A large silver pickup with out-of-state license plates was near the bodies.
Adam Cline said he was inside his home about two blocks away and also heard gunshots. He started to walk down the street to see what was going on but backed off when he saw police cars arriving.
An ambulance took one of the apparent shooting victims away. A body remained near the intersection as officers with the Jesup Police Department, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation blocked off the scene to collect evidence.
Cline and other witnesses said they were told a man (Timothy Glenn Roses) shot his ex-girlfriend, then turned the weapon on himself.

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