BRIDGEVILLE — A homicide-suicide that left two men dead in the Bridgeville area Thursday night is under investigation, Delaware State Police said.
According to spokeswoman Master Cpl. Heather Pepper, troopers were dispatched to the 100 block of Emilys Pintail Drive for a report of a shooting at approximately 10:45 p.m.
Prior to their arrival, DSP said, it was determined the homeowners, a 71-year-old male victim and his wife, had returned to their residence at approximately 9:30 p.m. The female was in the first-floor bathroom when she heard footsteps on the second floor, where her 58-year-old brother resides.
Immediately after hearing the footsteps, she heard a loud bang, DSP said. When she exited the bathroom, she discovered her husband in the family room with an apparent gunshot wound. The female ran to a neighbor’s house where police were called.
Responding officers located the 71-year-old male victim deceased in the family room with an apparent gunshot wound, DSP said. They then searched the residence and located the 58-year-old male suspect deceased upstairs in his bedroom with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, DSP said. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
The bodies have been turned over to the Division of Forensic Science where autopsies will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death.
The DSP Homicide Unit is continuing their investigation into this suspected murder-suicide. No motive has been established for this incident.
There are no concerns for public safety.
DSP asks anyone with information to contact Detective Short at 302-741-2727. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.