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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.

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.

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The community of Hephzibah, Georgia is mourning a mom and her twin sons who died in an apparent murder-suicide.

Richmond County deputies say Shaquia Philpot, 25, drove her car with her 10-month-old twin boys into the Mayor's Pond near the Augusta Regional Airport.

A fisherman spotted the submerged vehicle shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday and alerted authorities. Philpot and her children were pronounced dead at the scene, Crimeonline.com reports.

Evidence found at the scene points to a murder-suicide and not an accident, deputies say. The family lived about 10 miles from the pond.

Family members were in disbelief at the news that Philpot killed herself and her twins.

"When I found out it was her, I was stuck, and I didn't believe it," said Philpot's stepbrother, Darius Coleman. "To this day, I still don’t believe it."

Coleman said he talked to her three or four days ago, and she was in a good mood laughing and joking.

Family members say she was happy, loving and a wonderful mother to her children.

The bodies were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for autopsies. Authorities hope the autopsy results will shed light on why the tragedy happened.

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America's response to the coronavirus pandemic has left millions of people feeling hopeless and despondent over mounting debt from job losses.

The suicide rate in America is rising as many Americans feel desperate, hopeless and lonely. 75% of Americans are on lockdown around the nation.

A 38-year-old man in Wilson, Pennsylvania attempted a murder-suicide after losing his job. He opened fire on his girlfriend before fatally shooting himself on Monday. His girlfriend survived.

2 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets took their own lives after being quarantined on campus in Colorado Springs, CO. They were due to graduate in May.

Phones are ringing off the hook at suicide hotlines around the country in recent weeks. One Suicide Prevention Services hotline in Illinois does not have enough staff to field all the calls.

"We are seeing a massive shift to anxiety," said Suicide Prevention Services Education and Training Director Natasha Clark. She said callers are not necessarily worried about catching the virus, they are more fearful of its financial impact on their lives from job loss, homelessness, and loneliness.

"Alone with their thoughts, so many callers are on the brink. It's creating a sense of deep despair among callers," Clark told the Chicago Tribune.

"We can't even count on accessing emergency resources because even that is tenuous right now."

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A Chicago woman who fatally shot a retired state trooper and wounded two others at a cigar bar had written "I hate you ... hope you two die!" on a wall of her home.

51-year-old Lisa McMullan shot and killed retired state trooper Gregory Rieves, 51, before turning the gun on herself. The incident happened inside a media room at the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle, Illinois about 10:13 p.m. Friday.

Another retired state trooper and an off-duty trooper were also shot. They are in stable condition at a local hospital, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Police executed a search warrant on McMullan's Chicago condo, Lisle police said Monday. McMullan had scrawled on a wall of her condo in black marker: "I hate you ... hope you two die!"

The message contained Rieves' name and the name of another man. Police believe McMullan targeted Rieves and the other man. The second man was not at the cigar lounge at the time of the shooting.

In a press release, Lisle police said they contacted the other man but they were withholding his name. He is not a police officer. "It's just someone she knew."

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting. Police say both Rieves and McMullan were regular patrons at the cigar lounge.

It was originally reported that the two attended high school together in Maywood, Illinois, but police said they have learned McMullan attended high school in Chicago.
 

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A Chicago woman shot three state troopers inside a luxury cigar lounge, before turning the gun on herself.

Police responded to a call of shots fired inside the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle, Illinois about 10:13 p.m. Friday.

When they arrived with their guns drawn, they found four people shot in a room inside the cigar lounge. 51-year-old Lisa McMullan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Retired state trooper Gregory Rieves was shot in the back of the head. Rieves, 51, died at an area hospital. He had retired from the state police in March 2019 after 25 years of service.

Two more officers were suffering from gunshot wounds. They were transported to a local hospital.

After securing the scene, police reviewed the surveillance video. They saw patrons in a media room watching sports on a big-screen television.

Without provocation, McMullan stood up and shot Rieves seated in front of her. She then fired several rounds at two other men in the room before fatally shooting herself.

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The two wounded men were identified as retired state trooper Lloyd Graham, 55, and 48-year-old Kaiton Bullock (right), a state trooper who was off-duty when he was shot.

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelley said Bullock and Graham are hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Acting Lisle Police Chief Ron Wilke said McMullan and the three men were "acquaintances" and patrons of the cigar lounge. "I believe they know each other, but do not believe there is any relation," Wilke said.

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CBS2 Chicago reported that Rieves and McMullan attended Proviso East High School together in the 1980s. Both were known to frequent the cigar lounge together, police say.

"Greg has always been special to the family," said his cousin, Carolina Mosley. "He's always had this bright smile and he was always the coolest kid. He was loved by his family. Since he was young, he wanted to be a police officer."

Mosley said Rieves played baseball for Indiana State. "He was really good, but he just didn't cross over, so this was the career he chose."

Police do not know the motive for the shooting. An investigation is ongoing.
 

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A 63-year-old North Carolina teacher accused of a sex act with a 17-year-old student killed her husband before shooting herself in a murder-suicide.

Emma Ogle was arrested on Halloween and charged with taking indecent liberties with a student and a crime against nature. Her story went viral on social media, and she was subjected to cruel insults and harassment.

Ogle was a career and technical education (CTE) Health Occupations teacher at Garinger High School in Charlotte when she was arrested.

In addition to being a teacher, Ogle was also a registered nurse.

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday a relative called 911 to report that Ogle had a gun and barricaded herself into her home with her husband.

Police found their bodies inside her home on Hambright Road in Huntersville just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Both were dead of single gunshot wounds.

Police say Ogle fatally shot her husband, 59-year-old Michael Ogle, before turning the gun on herself in a murder-suicide.

Michael Ogle's final Facebook post, dated November 4, was a suicide prevention awareness message, according to Dailymail.com.

A prominent Atlanta surgeon killed her 2 adult children before turning the gun on herself. Cobb County police found three bodies in a Vinings townhouse while conducting a wellness check on Wednesday. Police identified the deceased as Dr. Marsha Edwards, center, her 20-year-old daughter Erin Edwards, right, and 24-year-old son Chris Edwards Jr., left.

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