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2 dead after murder-suicide on Tulip Street in Fairfield

Family members are questioned by Fairfield police after a murder-suicide on the 300 block of Tulip Street Thursday in Fairfield. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Family members are questioned by Fairfield police after a murder-suicide on the 300 block of Tulip Street Thursday in Fairfield. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | September 1, 2011 | 24 Comments

FAIRFIELD — A murder was followed by a suicide Thursday evening at a Tulip Street home.

Two of the children of the assailant and victim were at the home at the time of the shootings. Another sibling was arriving at the home at around 6:45 p.m. with a friend when he heard gunshots from inside the home and called 911, police said.

Police were unsure if the couple were living together at the home with the children, who were 17 to 20 years old.

Update

  • Authorities release names of those killed during the Tulip Street shooting. See the latest update here.

The first officers to arrive at the crime scene removed the three distraught children from the home before paramedics arrived. It was quickly apparent that the gurneys and medical gear positioned just outside the front door of the home would not be needed.

Relatives who showed up at the scene of the shootings said the couple had a long strained relationship that had recently worsened.

The first officers on the scene were concerned about someone who left the home shortly after the shootings but before police arrived. Those concerns were resolved with police saying there was no need for concern that the outburst of deadly violence would extend outside the home.

Police declined to identify the names of the deceased.

Interviews with family members were expected to take several hours and a careful search of the home was expected to go well into the night, according to Lt. Greg Hurlbut of the Fairfield Police Department.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or at jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • Police at scene of possible murder-suicide in Fairfield | Daily RepublicSeptember 01, 2011 - 10:27 pm

    [...] Police confirm murder-suicide in Fairfield. For details see the updated story here. [...]

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  • Tony YoungSeptember 02, 2011 - 6:24 am

    Is it really necessary to show the grieving family members in the photo ? Sometimes it can be newsworthy but this time it just feels intrusive.

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  • NiessaSeptember 06, 2011 - 9:36 am

    I agree!

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  • KimberlySeptember 02, 2011 - 8:40 am

    There are truly no words to offer in comfort to these youngsters. They are my neighborhood kids who I have seen outside playing ball and hanging out with friends. I am so very sorry for their loss and their pain and wish they did not have to go through this.

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  • MarciSeptember 02, 2011 - 10:42 am

    Not to mention the "decapitation" of one of the cops in the photo.

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  • Innovation InstituteSeptember 02, 2011 - 11:25 am

    Innovation Institute is seeing an increased level of criminal activity in the U.S. Criminal Tool Chest: More than what you think it is. Funny, the crime increase is happening despite the increased number of surveillance camera's all over the place. Future criminal recognition systems are innovating so quickly that even criminologists can't keep up with all the new methods for catching crooks. There's a huge criminal tracking tool chest of goodies. Thank you to Fairfield Police Department! Keep doing your job.

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  • allieSeptember 02, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    This is my family & it is very intrusive and disrespectful we are already going through a devastating time and to see this on the front of the paper with photos makes the tragedy that much worse.

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  • NiessaSeptember 06, 2011 - 9:37 am

    I know these people personally. I agree with Allie. Let them have their time.

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  • StephanieSeptember 02, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    Out if respect for everyone, especially family and friends, please take down the photo of the grieving family. Please.

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  • StephanieSeptember 02, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    Out *of* respect

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  • T.JSeptember 02, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    I understand how you all feel about the picture but keep in mind these guys are trying to sell newspapers. Sad but true.

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  • Kristie & Ty RegueraSeptember 02, 2011 - 5:37 pm

    There are other photos the scene that they can show instead of children grieving for a lost loved one,a parent. Take it down.

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  • brianSeptember 02, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    I agree, the picture is unnecessary. Only designed to sensationalize the families pain. Come on daily republic, put yourself in these kids shoes.

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  • The SugarJarSeptember 02, 2011 - 6:52 pm

    May this family find the balance of privacy and support it will need to heal. I understand the concern on the photo. It shows the raw emotion of their situation. It's also the same photo in the print version. I am very sorry if the photo brings the family additional pain. What it does to me is reminds me how much we need to be there for friends, neighbors and at times like this for the members of our community.

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  • SadSeptember 02, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    So sorry for these kids! That photo is very intrusive. Unfortunately its too late to do anything about it..this photo was printed already. Lets keep these kids in our Prayers they lost both parents.

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  • haroldSeptember 02, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    Anyone thats been around FF for awhile knows the police treat everyone as suspect. That will explaine the coldness of making them sit on curb and dont move. I have been treated in the same manor .Not sure when this policy started, but they need to be able to recognize suspect from victim. The DR thinking these were suspects or something took the pics. The PD should have protected these individuals from the general public and gave them a little bit more respect.

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  • JLSeptember 03, 2011 - 1:25 am

    How is a picture taken by the DR the fault of the PD and its Officers? How are Police Officers supposed to differentiate between a victim/witness/suspect unless they first investigate? When the Officers respond to a call of shots fired with people down, wouldn't it make sense for them to treat everyone inside the residence as a potential suspect, gain control of the scene and then investigate to determine who is a suspect, victim or witness? If they treated everyone as a victim from the start, they compromise their safety and could potentially compromise the investigation by letting someone go, etc. Do you know why the Officer's have people sit on the ground? We don't know when this picture was taken. These people could have already been determined to be witnesses/victims by the Police and voluntarily sat on the ground themselves for all we know.

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  • ArtimusSeptember 03, 2011 - 2:21 am

    Here you got several different issues. First you have D.R. doing their job in arriving to the scene and taking some photos. The next issue is that you have Police Officers arriving to a scene where a homicide has occurred and conducting an investigation not knowing if there are suspects still at large. Next you have some distraught people who may or may not be involved but usually a distraught person does not want to remain standing. Next you have critical people in the community who are so eager to second guess the Police Department for what ever reason they may have had in their own past. Next you might have a person who got a ticket in 1987 and still holds a grudge and has to make a critical claim on this blog.

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  • JLSeptember 03, 2011 - 5:02 am

    Artimus, you're 100% correct. At least someone here can see the bigger picture. Everyone wants to the be arm chair lawyer or Monday morning quarterback, when they really have absolutely no idea what they are talking about....

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  • Kristie & Ty RegueraSeptember 03, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    I will AGAIN state that out of respect for the family-there are other pictures of the scene that would have driven the point of severity of the scene. The only ones to blame IMO is the DR. Publishing a story with scenes such as taping off the street,or officers involved would have been sufficient rather than children that just LOST THEIR PARENTS. There is nothing to gain by the general public to experience such private devastation and pain. THE END.

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  • RONALD WINGOSeptember 04, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    IVE KNOWN SANDY FOR 30 YEARS,I LIVED IN SUISUN AND WAS VERY GOOD FRIENDS WITH HER,AND AGREE THAT A PICTURE OF HER CHILDREN WAS OUT OF LINE,A PICTURE OF A COP COULD HAVE BEEN USED. SHAME ON YOU. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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  • annonSeptember 06, 2011 - 7:08 am

    I agree. The photo of the grieving family was not needed and out of line. But who said that the people sitting on the sidewalk were ordered to sit there by the police.

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  • Brenda R.September 07, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    I have known Sandy and her family for over have my life.. and I too have to agree with alot of people on here yes the DR was doing thier job BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE TO POST OR PRINT PICTURES OF THE GRIEVING CHILDREN... that was way out of content and very disrespectful not only to the children but the family of the deceased as well. I am sure if they had to post a picture they could have posted a different picture. As for them sitting on the curb maybe that was the kids choice. Maybe it was the choice of the police officers but it all could of been for the kids sake and safty as well to... My heart goes out to the family and friends of them. My prayers to all..

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  • tulips careDecember 13, 2011 - 11:18 am

    Wikia... Wika mentioned this site...

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