Usually when most of us read about bad things happening, it’s from a safe distance away. It happens somewhere else, in another state, or another neighborhood. You really don’t expect it so close to home…but that’s exactly what happend this weekend.
On the way back from picking my daughter up from school, a police car with lights flashing drove it’s way through the narrow gap in the middle of the road as we all pulled over as best we could. Didn’t think much of it and drove the rest of the short way home.
As I turned into the road to my neighborhood, I was surprised to find about a dozen cop cars, ambulance, EMT, and a large fire truck up close to where my house was. As I inched further up the road, I wasn’t even able to drive directly to my house and had to take a side street and navigate a back way home.
As I got closer, the medical vehicles and the fire truck were all leaving without lights flashing. And as I pulled into my driveway, not two football fields from my house was a scene from a movie or show you’d see on TV. What remained was a slew of police cars all converged on a single home.
Of course all the neighbors were outside their homes trying to get a glimpse of what was going on. Through the neighborhood grapevine, we heard only that there nothing suspicious and no danger to the neighborhood’s safety.
We thought someone may have died in their home and that the massive police presence was just an over response. However as the day went on and into the evening, nothing was letting up. Crime scene tape got put up everywhere and it was clear that something unsettling had happened.
The TV news crews started to set up outside the perimeter with their tall antennae coming up from the top of their vans. The evening news informed us that police were investigating a death. Later on, news crews reported seeing two bodies being taken from the home.
There was little change to the amount of police even well into the evening so it seemed odd that they were still there in such large numbers after the bodies were removed. However, we still had no idea what had happened or how the people died. The 11 o’clock news gave no further information and we figured it would be all over by morning.
Not so! 24 hours later, it was the same as the day before. When the Sheriff helicopter started circling the neighborhood very low, it appeared they were looking for someone on foot. They kept going around and around right overhead and then started making wider and wider circles. That got us on edge for a bit as we still didn’t know what exactly was going on.
As the day went on they started to wrap things up and there were less and less police vehicles there. What ended up happening was a murder suicide. A man came to the house and shot his wife and then himself. They were separated and apparently had a history of domestic issues. In such a quiet neighborhood, this was quite a shock.
We feel bad for the couple and especially their families. Having something like this happen so close to home reminds us that violence can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. Stay vigilant and do what you can to protect your home and family.