Families devastated by murder suicides
Texas man shoots estranged wife, then himself, at daughter’s 16th birthday
January 21, 2013 - A Texas girl's sixteenth birthday collapsed into a horror show when her father shot her mother and then killed himself, authorities said.
Kelly Suckla, 43, shot his estranged wife Kristi, 44, at the front door of her parents' home in Grapevine, outside Dallas, after the two began arguing during a party for their daughter's birthday, local TV station WFAA reported.
Suckla then stepped into his in-laws' front yard, where he turned the pistol onto himself.
Authorities said Kristi died some 40 minutes later at Baylor Regional Medical Center.
The daughter, who was not named, her 21-year-old brother, and Kristi Suckla's parents were in the house when the deranged dad pulled the trigger. They were not hurt.
Hans Walters Murder-Suicide: Las Vegas Police Officer Allegedly Shot Family, Burned Home, Killed Self
Nevada police said that Lt. Hans Walters, a 20-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, killed his family and set fire to his home before fatally shooting himself on Jan. 21.
A standoff at Walters' Boulder City, Nev., home occurred Monday, after an unidentified male caller claimed to a 911 dispatcher that he had killed his wife and child, set his house aflame and would "injure any officer that attempted to come to the scene."
Units from multiple departments responded, including a Las Vegas SWAT team. Officers reportedly encountered Walters in front of his house with a handgun. According to CNN, Walters ignored commands from police to drop his weapon and, instead, returned to the burning house.
Authorities believe the off-duty lieutenant shot himself after he entered the house.
The Clark County Coroner's Office confirmed Tuesday that Walter's 46-year-old wife, Kathryn, and 5-year-old son, Maximilian, each died of a gunshot wound to the head.