Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward called the investigation into a fatal shooting last week in the Malvern community a murder-suicide.
Ward said sheriff’s investigators determined 56-year-old Russell Burge fatally shot his wife, 57-year-old Sheila Burge, sometime Thursday night. He also said investigators learned Russell Burge apparently turned the gun on himself the next afternoon, right around the same time the couple’s daughter arrived at the home.
“When she was beating on the window she heard the gunshot, and that was Friday afternoon,” Ward said.
Geneva County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the couple’s home, located on East College Street in Malvern, late Friday afternoon. Law enforcement officers from several agencies responded.
Police gained entry to the home with a robot and several explosive devices to open two locked doors of the home. Russell Burge and his wife were found in separate bedrooms.
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Ward said there was no history of calls to the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office from the residence.
“We don’t know why, apparently there were issues,” Ward said. “We’re not getting much from the family other than he’s talked about doing this. He’s talked about doing a murder-suicide.”
Ward said the investigation into the shooting is closed, calling it a murder-suicide.
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