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Police sergeant and wife dead after apparent murder-suicide, say San Jose cops

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(CBS/AP) GILROY, Calif. - Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that involved a San Jose police sergeant and his wife.

CBS San Francisco reports that Sgt. Christopher Shimek, 51, and his 43-year-old wife Lynn Shimek were found dead in their home in Gilroy late Sunday night.

Family and friends called police after not being able to contact them, authorities said. Officers were sent to the home where they found the couple's bodies. Christopher Shimek had suffered a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound and police did not release the manner in which his wife died.

NBC affiliate KSBW reports the couple's two children, ages 13 and 19, were not home at the time of the incident.

Though there is no recent report of domestic violence or disturbances at the home, a record search for their home shows that in March 2007, police responded to a call from someone reporting that Christopher Shimek allegedly hit a stepson after being "in a rage."

Christopher Shimek had been with the San Jose police department since 1995.

Police are continuing the investigation.


  • Crimesider Staff

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