WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A shooting that killed a woman at a home in Warren on Friday is an apparent murder-suicide.
Police discovered 36-year-old Jessica Crowder dead at 1336 Hamilton Street just before noon after her 11-year-old child called 911.
Crowder and Roleigh Culver, 27, got into a fight over food that Crowder had just picked up at the Warren Family Mission.
“It seems like it was some type of argument that started verbal and led to physical and from there, we’re trying to put all the pieces together,” said Lieutenant Dan Mason.
Several people nearby heard the fight that started in the driveway. Once Crowder and Culver were both in the house, neighbors say the victim yelled, “Get your hands off me,” then heard a gunshot.
Police say Crowder’s two children, ages 15 and 11, and one of her relatives were in the home at the time. The 11-year-old called 911, saying Crowder had been shot.
“When we arrived on the scene, we found one person deceased inside the house,” Mason said.
Culver ran and looked for cover in the neighborhood, just around the corner at another house on Austin Avenue and Union Street. He was reportedly surrounded by police when he shot himself.
“We went there looking for a possible suspect and we did find a second gunshot victim and at this time, it does appear to be related,” Mason said.
Police say he had vital signs as he was taken to the hospital. He later died at the hospital.
Public records show that Culver has at least four different charges of domestic violence in his past.
The Warren Family Mission says it will be holding a memorial service for Crowder next week. The organization is collecting money to help with funeral services. Money can be donated to the Warren Family Mission located at 155 Tod Ave., designated to the Jessica Crowder Funeral Fund.