Tuesday, July 1, 2008
[CO] Murder-suicide: Officer O'Shell & recently-resigned Officer O'Shell
POLICE OFFICER, WIFE FOUND DEAD
posted by: Jordan Austin firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated by: Dan Boniface email@example.com
July 1, 2008
[Excerpts] A police officer and his wife, who were involved in a child abuse investigation, were found dead Monday in what investigators are calling an apparent murder-suicide... On Tuesday morning, police identified the victims as 36-year-old William O'Shell, a current Lakewood Police officer and his wife, 25-year-old Tiffany Cuin-O'Shell, a former Lakewood Police officer. "The men and women of the Lakewood Police Department are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of police agent William David O'Shell and his wife, former police agent Tiffany Cuin-O'Shell," stated Kevin Paletta, Chief of Police for the Lakewood police Department in a news release. Commerce City Police say they had taken the couple's 3-month-old daughter from the home on June 17 and began investigating William O'Shell as the main suspect for child abuse. They say the couple's baby girl had sustained serious injuries, including fractures, and add that they were getting close to arresting William O'Shell. According to the Commerce City Police's child abuse investigators, there were four suspects in the case, all of whom were relatives. Police say they found fewer than ten weapons in the home, however several of the weapons were near the bodies. Investigators say there are no indications as to whether Tiffany Cuin-O'Shell was armed or tried to defend herself... The Lakewood Police Department says William O'Shell was an officer with the Lakewood Police since March 2005 in the patrol division. They say Tiffany Cuin-O'Shell was an officer from April 2006 to September 2007... Adams County Social Services told our partners at the Denver Post that the couple's daughter is in foster care. Her condition was not immediately known. [Full article here]
LAKEWOOD COP DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE WAS CHILD ABUSE SUSPECT
The Denver Post
By Kirk Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
[Excerpts] ...Police had taken a 3-month old girl from the house of a Lakewood police officer and were investigating him for abuse just days before he and his wife were found shot to death... The couple's daughter was taken from the home June 17. Authorities began investigating William O'Shell for abuse of the child, who had suffered serious injuries, including fractures... Authorities also are investigating who fired the shots, Sandoval said. Neighbors said the woman was on maternity leave from the Lakewood police department after giving birth to a girl about three months ago. "In a way it makes it even more shocking," said neighbor Kathy Martinez, commenting on the fact that the victims were police officers... She said the family kept to themselves and avoided contact with neighbors... Homicide detectives worked throughout the night at the scene collecting evidence... [Full article here]
GOD BE WITH TIFFANY & WILLIAM O'SHELL'S FAMILIES,
EVERYONE WHO CARED ABOUT THEM,
& ALL THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS INVOLVED IN WORKING ON THIS,
AND I KNOW I JOIN THOUSANDS OF OTHERS IN LIFTING PRAYERS FOR THEIR BABY GIRL.
LOVE FROM FAMILY CAN STILL GIVE HER A BEAUTIFUL AND MEANINGFUL LIFE.
(HEAL LITTLE BONES, HEAL.)
WHAT'S HARD FOR ME AS I POST THIS STORY AND TOO MANY LIKE IT, IS THAT IN A MURDER-SUICIDE THE VICTIM OF THE CRIME GETS WRITTEN OFF, LIKE HE OR SHE IS GONE NOW TOO SO LETS MOVE ON.
ULTIMATELY, MOVING ON IS WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN, BUT
THERE'S NO WRITING OFF THE
ONE WHO DIDN'T CHOOSE THIS
AND THERE'S NO TURNING AWAY
FROM THE HIGH RISK OF SUICIDE AND MURDER IN OFFICERS WHO ARE BEING INVESTIGATED FOR A CRIME OR IN THE PROCESS OF PARTING FROM A SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIP.
WHERE'S THE FAMILY'S SAFETY NET?
OR IS IT A JOB WRITE-OFF?
THE RISK IS KNOWN,
AND EVEN IF IT WASN'T,
IT COULD BE GUESSED -- BETWEEN
THE CONSTANCY OF GUNS,
DEMAND FOR INSTANT DECISIONS
AND SOLID SURE SOLUTIONS.
WE CAN'T FIX THOUGH, WHAT'S KEPT UNDER THE RUG.
TIFFANY AND WILLIAM'S DEATHS CAN MEAN SOMETHING
IF WE LEARN AND MAKE CHANGES FOR OTHERS.