Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Weirton, WV: Apparent Murder-Suicide Reported in Weirton

WEIRTON - Weirton police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide after a couple was found dead Monday.

Dispatchers at Hancock County and Weirton Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad involved with the call said the incident was reported just before 9 p.m. at 260 Seneca St., the home of Luke and Toni Shields.

WAARS officials said the call came in from a third party who gave the address without much detail of the incident and was dispatched as "an unknown man down" and crews remained on scene until approximately 1:30 a.m.

Weirton Police Chief Bruce Marshall said Shields, a male in his mid-30s, and his wife had a history of domestic violence reported at the residence. Upon conducting the initial investigation, he said it was clear that it was a murder-suicide.

"He killed her and then killed himself," said Marshall.

Marshall said police spent the evening gathering evidence at the scene which indicated that the murder and suicide were committed with a firearm. While no other details were released at the time of this report, he said the deaths are still under investigation.

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