Saturday, January 26, 2013
ROUZERVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) -
Police believe a former police officer shot and killed his wife and injured her 18-year-old son before killing himself Tuesday night in Franklin County.
State police said their preliminary investigation determined 45-year-old Cathy Fleagle and 50-year-old John Fleagle died in an apparent homicide-suicide.
Trooper Rob Hicks said John Fleagle apparently shot and killed his wife in their Rouzerville home with a handgun and then shot her son, 18-year-old Mitchell Robinson, in the arm. John Fleagle then shot and killed himself, Hicks said.
Police said Robinson was able to call 911 for help following the shooting.
The motive for the shootings currently is unknown. Police said they will interview Robinson as a part of their investigation.
"Obviously having a witness in this situation is going to help us get the facts and be able to solve this crime," Hicks said.
State police were called to the couple's home in the 13000 block of Mar Pen Avenue at around 5 p.m.
Hicks said the incident occurred in the jurisdiction of the Washington Township Police Department, but state police are handling the investigation because both John and Cathy Fleagle had an affiliation with the township police department.
Cathy Fleagle was an office administrator for the police department and John Fleagle was a former police officer for the township.