Apparent Suicide From Sunset Rock At Lookout Mountain At Chattanooga Tennessee

A woman fell 90 feet from Sunset Rock at Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee last Tuesday. She has been identified as Sarah Hunt of Chattanooga.

Ms. Hunt was a native of Great Lakes, Ill., and was a graduate of Hixson High School and UTC with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, writes The Chattanoogan.

Park Rangers were able to make contact with Hunt’s family on Wednesday evening.

The family told investigators that Hunt had previously been treated for a mental illness and that a suicide note was found at the home, according to Todd Roeder, chief ranger at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.  Sunset Rock belongs to that system of parks.

“The investigation is now finished,” Roeder said, according to timesfreepress.com. “The medical examiner did not find any signs of foul play and her injuries seem to be the result of a fall of that kind.”

Hunt’s body was found on a trail at the bottom of Sunset Rock by two hikers, writes timesfreepress.com.

They attempted CPR and called 911 around 5:15 p.m., writes timesfreepress.com. When emergency personnel arrived on scene they determined that Hunt was dead.

Murder-Suicide In South Carolina Kills 4

Police found the bodies of four people, including a local official, who’d been shot to death inside a Rock Hill, South Carolina, home on Sunday.

Authorities are not looking for a suspect in the case, which is being called an apparent murder-suicide, according to NBC News.

The victims have been identified as a man and his wife, her son and the son’s girlfriend, writes People Magazine.

Anna Moore worked as the Assistant Manager for York County in South Carolina. supervising Animal Control, the Department of Fire Safety, Emergency Management, the detention center, Public Safety Communications and the Summer Feeding Program, according to The Rock Hill Herald.

York County is near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Recent Spate Of Violence In Nigeria

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Two bombs blamed on the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram exploded at a crowded mosque and a Muslim restaurant in Nigeria’s central city of Jos, killing 44 people, officials said on Monday.

The blasts on Sunday night came hours after a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a crowded evangelical Christian church service in the north-eastern city of Potiskum, killing at least five people, writes the British newspaper The Guardian.

Also on Sunday, extremists returned to north-eastern villages attacked three days earlier, killing nine villagers and burning down 32 churches and about 300 homes, according to the chairman of a self-defence group in Borno state.

The violence comes at the end of a week in which suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed more than 200 people, according to Reuters.

The spate of bloodshed prompted outrage and French President Francois Hollande said he was ready to hold a summit with regional leaders to coordinate the fight against Boko Haram.

The blast in Potiskum in the state of Yobe on Sunday came after an attack on the capital of neighboring Borno state on Friday, deadly raids in three towns during the week and suicide bombings along a highway.

The president, Muhammadu Buhari, said a slaughter of up to 150 Kukawa residents near Lake Chad on Wednesday by Boko Haram was a “heinous atrocity”. Several people who attended burials there, including a senior government official, said 147 bodies, including 22 children, had been interred.

Also last week in Borno, about 50 people were shot dead in nearby Monguno, 12 men were killed in a raid on Miringa and two suicide bombers killed another 10 alongside a highway.

The Defence Ministry said six suicide bombers had blown themselves up during the attack on the outskirts of Maiduguri on Friday, killing a soldier and “scores” of civilians, writes Reuters.

http://time.com/3946134/terrorism-boko-haram-nigeria-radical-islam-caliphate-suicide-bombing/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/05/us-nigeria-boko-haram-idUSKCN0PF0D120150705

Grandmother Shoots Daughter, Grandchildren in Florida Murder-Suicide

Elizabeth (center), her son Xavier, 7 (right, left), and her daughter Sofia, 2, were found with gunshot wounds on Saturday

A woman shot her daughter and her two small grandchildren before reportedly killing herself inside the Greenacres, Florida, home they shared, police said Sunday.

Grandmother Nilda Sheffield, 53, shot her daughter Elizabeth Flores, 30, and grandchildren Xavier Neff, 7, and Sofia Chiddo, 2, said Greenacres police Lieutenant Brady Myers, according to the NBC News.

Police are searching for a motive in the apparent murder-suicide in the 4600 block of Chariot Circle in Greenacres, Florida.

The horrific crime scene was discovered by a family friend at about 12 noon on Saturday, Lieutenant Myers said.

“That friend told authorities they had not been accounted for since Friday evening,” Myers said.

A group of young adults and small children gathered at the edge of yellow police tape in the neighborhood on Saturday, at times weeping and hugging each other, writes NBC News.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3142570/Grandmother-shot-killed-daughter-grandchildren-aged-2-7-taking-life.html

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Grandmother-Shoots-Daughter-Grandchildren-in-Murder-Suicide-Police-310519521.html

Suicide Bomber In Kuwait Identified As A Saudi Citizen

According to Al Jazeera, “Kuwaiti authorities say they have identified the suicide bomber of a Shia mosque as a Saudi citizen.”

The suicide bomber led an attack on Imam Sadiq mosque in al-Sawaber neighbourhood on Friday that left 27 people dead.

He was identified as a Saudi citizen, Kuwait’s interior ministry said on Sunday.

Is ISIS In Kuwait?

A Kuwaiti man reacts at the site of the suicide bombing.

A suicide bomber killed 25 people and wounded 202 when he blew himself up inside a packed Shi’ite Muslim mosque in Kuwait city on Friday, according to Reuters.  It was the first attack of its kind in the major oil-exporting country.

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in the eastern part of the Kuwaiti capital.

Parliament member Khalil al-Salih, who was at the mosque when the attack occurred, said worshippers were kneeling in prayer when the bomber walked into the Imam al-Sadeq Mosque and detonated his explosives, destroying walls and the ceiling.

“It was obvious from the suicide bomber’s body that he was young. He walked into the prayer hall during sujood (kneeling in prayer). He looked…in his 20s…” he said, according to Reuters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/26/us-kuwait-blast-idUSKBN0P618L20150626

Cincinnati Man Set ‘Trap’ For Police: Suicide By Cop?

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Trepierre Hummons called 911 then waited with a gun for police to arrive, according to Cincinnati police. When they did, he shot and killed 48-year-old Officer Sonny Kim, a husband and father of three, police said.

Then he opened fire on two more officers, said Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffery Blackwell.

Not long before, he had made a Facebook post that seemed to indicate a plan to commit suicide by cop, according to CNN.

The police, while armed, didn’t know what they’d walked into. When when the 21-year-old Hummons called the emergency operator, he didn’t hint at his plan.

Earlier, he had pretended to be a concerned witness who’d seen a man acting erratically with a gun, according to 911 and dispatch tapes released by police.  Then he gave a description of himself in a shaky voice. “Very early 20s … about like 5 (foot) 6 … he’s a little thick fellow.”

The operator took down his name and number.  Hummons thanked her. The dispatcher notified a policeman in the area.

Hummons dialed 911 again to make sure police were on their way, and he repeated his location.

The dispatcher notified the policeman again. “Copy, I’m in the area,” the officer answered her before bursting into shouts: “Shots fired! Shots fired!”

Hummons wounded Kim multiple times in spite of the protective vest he wore, the police chief said. And when a probation officer arrived moments later, Hummons shot at him, too.

At some point, Hummons’ mother came out to the street.

“The suspect then returned to Police Officer Kim, who was lying wounded on the street and began to fight with him in an effort to take the officer’s firearm,” Police Chief Blackwell said.

Kim struggled as he bled, but couldn’t hang on to his weapon. A third officer, Tom Sandmann, arrived, and Hummons used Kim’s gun to fire at him. But Sandmann returned fire and wounded Hummons.

Both Hummons and Kim later died at a hospital, according to CNN.

Murder – Suicide In St. Louis County

On Thursday, a mother and her adult son were found dead in a home in Wildwood, St. Louis county, Missouri, after an apparent murder-suicide, said police.  According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, authorities believe Eric Scherrer, 23, shot and killed his mother, Janet Scherrer, 54, then killed himself.

Someone called a neighbor about 8 p.m. Thursday night, concerned about the Scherrers, according to police.  The neighbor checked the ranch-style home the Scherrers shared in the 4600 block of Fox Crest Drive and found Janet Scherrer unresponsive, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

 Authorities arrived and found both Scherrers dead inside.

Police did not know a motive in the murder-suicide.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-kills-mother-then-self-in-murder-suicide-at-wildwood/article_106cf6a9-1d7a-5d79-adee-c6a2027cd5d0.html

http://fox2now.com/2015/06/19/police-investigating-possible-murder-suicide-near-wildwood/

Take The Money And Run?

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A 15-year-old boy stole a handgun and money from a relative’s Palm Bay, Florida home Sunday before he and his 16-year-old girlfriend headed north on Interstate 95 to the boy’s home state, according to deputies.

The Orlando Sentinel states that Zane Terryn and his 16-year-old girlfriend wanted to die together in Ohio, authorities claimed.

A state trooper’s inquiry about the teenagers’ broken headlight at a Pilot Travel Center in Cocoa about 9:45 p.m. halted their plan when Terryn started shooting at the trooper.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Channing Taylor was shot in the shoulder and he then fired back at Terryn, which killed him.

Terryn’s girlfriend tried to escape in her vehicle but soon struck a boat that was being pulled by a pickup on State Road 520.

She was charged with attempted murder of a law-enforcement officer and second-degree murder.

Are the charges appropriate?

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The attempted-murder charge is from the trooper’s injury, authorities said.  She did not pull the trigger, but authorities say she played a “key role” in the shooting.

“[S]he provided access to the firearm. It was in her truck [that] they traveled in,” said Florida Highway Patrol Major Tod Goodyear, “and she fled the scene after the event.”

The murder charge is from her boyfriend’s death.  She did not shoot her boyfriend.  However, “(s)ince a person died while she and the deceased suspect were in the commission of a felony crime, she was charged with felony murder,” Goodyear said.

She is being held without bond.

So, it seems that an unarmed 16-year-old girl is being charged for the murder of her boyfriend and the attempted murder of a police officer.

Officer Taylor is recovering from the shoulder wound, which was treated at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.  He has since been released from the hospital.  He is on paid administrative leave, said Major Goodyear.

“Lieutenant Taylor is currently on paid administrative leave and is recuperating from his injuries, which is the normal practice in cases of this nature,” Goodyear wrote in a statement Monday.

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) claims that the teens were traveling to Ohio – Terryn’s home state – to commit suicide.

The teens had stopped at the gas station to get food. Officer Taylor noticed the broken headlight and walked over to the teens to talk about the “safety equipment problem,” the release said.

While Taylor was talking to the girlfriend, who was in the driver’s seat, “Terryn, who was the passenger in the vehicle, produced a firearm and began shooting at the trooper,” Goodyear said.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is looking into the use of force with a parallel but independent investigation.

Taylor began his career as a trooper in 1994.  He was promoted to lieutenant in 2007 and is supervisor of traffic homicide for the Brevard district.

It’s unclear whom Terryn lived with in Palm Bay.

The girlfriend is also from the same city in Brevard County.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477 as the investigations continue.

(Updated article)

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2015/06/15/investigators-teen-shooter-driver-made-suicide-pact/71258284/

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-zane-terryn-dead-trooper-shooting-20150615-story.html

http://www.floridatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2015/06/15/photos-trooper-involved-shooting-near-cocoa/71237224/

Murder-Suicide Near Tempe, AZ

Two people were killed Tuesday morning near Tempe, Arizona, in what police believe was a murder-suicide, according to a police spokesman.

Police said David Joseph Engel, 40, fatally shot his estranged wife, 45-year-old April Louise Engel, and then turned the gun on himself at an apartment near University Drive and Greenfield Road in Mesa, writes AZ Central.

Police said say Joseph Engel had recently been served divorce papers by April, according to YourWestValley.

AZ Central reports that the couple had a history of domestic violence that started in 2008, when David Engel was arrested on suspicion of assaulting April Engel, police say.

http://www.yourwestvalley.com/valleyandstate/article_3699b762-0985-11e5-ab44-5b6c2da8ce54.html

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2015/06/02/mesa-police-murder-suicide-greenfield-abrk/28346387/

http://www.kpho.com/story/29215404/estranged-couple-dead-in-shooting-at-mesa-apartment-complex