A Waldorf, Maryland housewife shot and killed her police detective husband in an apparent murder-suicide Friday evening.
Police say Christina Francis, 41, fatally shot Timothy Francis, 50, before turning the gun on herself in a murder-suicide that shocked neighbors on their quiet suburban street.
WUSA9 reports Charles County detectives responded to a 911 call around 6 p.m. on the 3300 block of Marylea Court after Christina's father found the bodies. He told police he tried to reach her by phone all day and when he didn't hear from her, he went to the home and discovered the bodies.
MPD Det. Timothy Francis, was tragically shot and killed in a domestic-related homicide yesterday. The suspect was also found deceased & @CCSOMD is currently investigating this case. Det. Francis had 20 years of service. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family & loved ones. pic.twitter.com/7Mo1R47huU
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) November 28, 2020
According to WUSA9, a neighbor who lives a few houses down saw Christina shortly before the incident.
"She had just walked past me walking her dog... and an hour and a half later, we heard the police sirens," Delancey Praylow III said.
"It's sad because it feels like one of your own family members because we were all tight like that," Praylow said.
"You never know what people go through," said another neighbor, Demetrius Wilson.
Incidents of intimate partner violence (IPV) and stalking against men by women are on the rise, according to a National Family Violence Survey published in 2017.
A new study reveals that more men were killed by women in 2017 than in the decade prior. The figures aren't in yet for 2018-2020, but the statistics of women killing men are expected to soar.