Divorced couple dead in apparent murder-suicide: Investigators

Police in Plainfield, Illinois, cautioned locals to stay inside as they investigated a suspected murder-suicide that spanned two crime scenes Saturday.

According to WMAQ, officers first responded to the report of a shooting at a Jewel-Osco supermarket, where they found the body of a woman shortly after noon.

The victim was found in the store’s parking lot and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a nearby hospital.

A short time later, investigators reportedly arrived at a home to perform a welfare check. Upon their arrival, responding officers say they heard a gunshot and saw an individual run into the residence.

The incident turned into a standoff as authorities closed off the street and advised nearby residents to stay in their homes.

In a Facebook post less than two hours later, police confirmed the situation was “secured,” though they advised locals to stay away from the general area until further notice.

Reports indicate dozens of officers were dispatched to the scenes where both bodies were found.

Following the standoff, reports indicate officers found a male victim — dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot — inside a vehicle in the garage.

A little after 4 p.m., another update stated that investigators suspected the two deaths were related. The same day, however, Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek would not confirm any links, according to the Herald-News.

“We can’t officially say that yet,” he said. “There was such a dynamic scene so quickly. That’s still a part of our investigation.”

Though neither individual has been identified, police say they were a divorced couple, noting the crime is initially being treated a domestic incident.

An investigation will continue throughout the weekend, according to police, who say more information will be made available Monday.

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