STAMFORD, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York State Police say a death investigation which began on Tuesday is being treated as a murder-suicide.
New York State Police Troop C Captain Scott Heggelke told reporters on Wednesday that troopers were dispatched to check on the welfare of 57-year-old Christopher German at his residence in the town of South Kortright just before 2 p.m. Tuesday after he had not showed up for his job.
After finding no one at the home, troopers checked the home of German’s estranged wife, Lisa, on County Route 10 in Stamford.
State police say upon arrival, both people were found dead with gunshot wounds. Heggelke says the scene is consistent with a murder-suicide and that a handgun was recovered at the scene.
“It’s obviously just a very sad, tragic event that took place and obviously there’s no risk to the public,” said Heggelke. “There’s no public safety threat. It’s just, come together as a community and be there for each other at this time. It’s a difficult time.”
Heggelke says Christopher and Lisa had been estranged for about a year. The pair’s autopsies were performed at Lourdes Hospital.
Police say the results show Christopher died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lisa was shot twice and died due to a gunshot wound to the head.
“To find out that just down the road they found two bodies is a little nerving, to say the least” said Thalia Rosas of the town of Stamford. ”
Troopers say the couple have had no prior domestic violence reports with state police.
The couple had three children, ages 20, 17 and 13. Troopers say they are with family.
The incident is under investigation.