Update: Victims identified in murder/suicide – couple had history of domestic violence

Update: 10 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2018

Crime scene on Ford Street in Monroe on Oct. 25, 2018, following a murder-suicide. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Monroe Interim Police Chief RV Watts said the victims in the murder-suicide this morning were Ronald Edward Folkerts, 51, and his wife, Brittney Suzanne Folkerts, 45. He said preliminary indications are that she shot her husband at the couple’s home on Glen Iris Drive and then notified one of her adult sons, who lives with his father.

“It was the ex-husband who called 911,” Watts said. “During the course of the investigation, they located her other son, who confirmed his mother was at his home, which was the location here on Ford Street.”

Interim Monroe Police Chief RV Watts. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Watts said two officers responded to the Ford Street location, which is where they found Brittany Folkerts still in her car, talking to her 19-year-old son. He was asked to back away and when he did, she shot herself.

“It was in front of her son and my two officers,” Watts said. He went on to ask the community to keep the families of the victims, as well as his officers in their prayers. He said the couple did have a history of domestic violence and were known to the police department as a result.

Update 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2018

Interim Police Chief RV Watts said the preliminary investigation suggests that a woman shot her husband and then turned the gun on herself while seated in her car at another location.

“We received a call at about 3:25 a.m. this morning (Oct. 25, 2018) of a person shot,” Watts said. “That was at the first location on Glen Iris.”

Watts said police were looking for the vehicle and that’s when they went to the second location on Ford Street and found the woman sitting in the car with her adult son at the car. They approached and asked the son to back away.

“He did and that’s when they heard the shot,” Watts said. He confirmed that the victims were a married couple. The names are not being released at this time until all next of kin have been notified.

Initial Story

The Monroe Police Department confirmed that it is working a possible murder-suicide in the city this morning. Ford Street is the first scene and Glen Iris is the second. Interim Chief RV Watts said there are two people dead from gunshot wounds. One is a female and the other a male.

Avoid the areas if possible. Details to follow when available.



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