UPDATED @ 10:49 PM VICTIMS IDENTIFIED - Apparent Murder - Suicide: BREAKING NEWS: Incident On Going In MalvernRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Oct 18 2013 5:03 PM
MALVERN: Multiple law enforcement officers and emergency vehicles on College Street ion Malvern.
The area is sealed. Geneva County Sheriff Deputies, Alabama State Troopers, Houston County Sheriff Deputies, and Slocomb Rescue are on the scene.
We are getting mixed information on the situation. UNCONFIRMED to the exact details of the situation.
Matt Boster is responding for RSN.
UPDATED: Matt is on the scene. Multiple Law Enforcement Officers are on the scene. Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward is also on the scene. We will update soon.
UPDATED By MARTY: I did call Tony Helms Chief Deputy with the Geneva County Sheriff's Office. He advised that the woman who lives at the residence had not shown up for work. The lady was spoken to last night. The daughter went to check on her and the daughter thought she may have heard a gunshot while attempting to check on her. Tony Helms advised that no one knows anything at this time. We will update if further information develops.
UPDATED @ 5:58 PM
Dothan Police Department has dispatched the bomb truck to the scene to use the robot on the scene. The bomb robot is equipped with video equipment where it can be remotely sent into a situation and viewed from a safe distance in order to keep manpower safe.
We will update.
UPDATED @ 9:43 PM
At 7:26 PM Dothan Police robot breached the door of the house. Media members heard what they thought was flash bangs, but it was the robot breaching the door of the residence.
Through the robot and video surveillance of the robot, law enforcement officers were able to locate the male body in the residence. He was deceased.
The Special Response Team Officers then entered the residence where a female body was found inside the residence.
There is no indication of any outside foul play. Geneva County Sheriff Deputies are conducting a detailed investigation into the facts and circumstances. The crime scene is worked in detail, as all crime scenes.
However, at this time all indication is the deaths are the result of a murder - suicide.
The Geneva County Sheriff Department and Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward were assisted by Alabama State Troopers, Houston County Sheriff Department, Dothan Police Department and Geneva County Coroner Hagler Ward. Also on the scene, Slocomb Rescue and Malvern Rescue.
Geneva County 911 Central, who handles most agencies emergency communications in Geneva County, job well done in the communications and emergency operation communications.
Sheriff Ward said the investigation will continue and thanks to all agencies for their assistance. His prayers are with the family of a tragic situation.
UPDATED @ 10:49 PM
The victims are identified as Russell and Sheila Burge of College Street in Malvern. This came from family members and not law enforcement sources. Ms. Burge was 57 years old and we do not know the exact age of Mr. Burge.
Prayers go out to the family of the Burge family. We have walked in your shoes. Always look up. Your community, family, friends and church family will be lifting you up in prayers.