3 dead in apparent murder-suicide in Connecticut

3 dead in apparent murder-suicide in Connecticut



WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Two teenage siblings and their mother’s boyfriend died in what appears to be a murder-suicide when an argument over smoking in a Connecticut home got out of hand, police said Wednesday.

Officers responded to the Watertown home at about 10 p.m. Tuesday after a woman called 911 to report the shooting, police said.

Sterling Jette, 16, and Della Jette, 15, were taken to Waterbury Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police also found Paul Ferguson, 42, dead at the scene of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The argument started when Della Jette complained about Ferguson smoking in the house, Chief John Gavallas said. Ferguson left the room and returned with the handgun. Both teens were shot in the chest.

Ferguson had moved into the home two weeks ago and as a convicted felon, was not allowed to have a gun, police said.

The teens’ mother was not hurt and is cooperating with the investigation.

Both teens were students at Kaynor Technical Institute in Waterbury.

“These domestic incidents can turn violent so quickly,” Gavallas said. “And this mother is completely distraught.”