Boca Raton Police investigate a domestic related murder-suicide
Boca Raton – On Sunday, July 10, 2022, at approximately 3:18 p.m., Boca Raton Police responded to a residence along the 5000 block of NW 3rd Terrace in reference to a shooting. A neighbor reported Victim #1 was outside the residence and injured. Officers arrived on scene and determined Victim #1 sustained head injuries from being struck with a firearm. Victim #2 also fled from the residence and advised he was shot at by the suspect, who was a family member. While on scene, it was determined Victim #3 may have been inside the residence with the suspect, but Victims #1 and #2 did not see Victim #3 while inside.
The Boca Raton Police SWAT Team and the Boca Raton Police Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene. Crisis negotiators were unable to contact the suspect or Victim #3. The SWAT Team made entry by breaching the front door of the residence. Inside, Victim #3 and the suspect were found deceased. The suspect appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A preliminary investigation revealed several family members were traveling down to Florida to vacation at the residence. Days prior to their arrival, the suspect was located inside the residence and did not have permission to be there. It is unknown how long the suspect had been there. After being notified, a family member directed the suspect to leave the residence.
Victim #3 was the first family member to arrive at the residence after the suspect was directed to leave. At some point during her stay, she was killed inside the residence. When Victims #1 and #2 arrived on Sunday, they could not get into the house, so they texted Victim #3. Victim #2 received a text back from Victim #3’s phone stating the side door was unlocked. Victims #1 and #2 entered the home with their luggage and soon after they were attacked by the suspect. During this time, Victim #1 was able to flee the residence and seek help. Victim #2 was also able to flee when the suspect appeared to be distracted by his firearm.
The motive remains under investigation. If you have information, please contact Detective George Reilly at (561) 544-8660.
Please note, names are being withheld under Marsy’s Law.