At a press conference Thursday afternoon at Simsbury Town Hall, Simsbury Police Chief Peter Ingvertsen shared new details about a fatal shooting that took place Wednesday night at The Meadows apartment complex.
When Simsbury Police received a frantic 911 call from a young woman who told the dispatcher that her live-in boyfriend had a gun pointed at her, officers were immediately sent to an apartment complex in the town's south end.
"While she was on the phone, the dispatcher heard two distinct rounds being fired and a scream from the woman who was on the 911 line and the phone went dead," Ingvertsen said.
When officers arrived at 51 Hopmeadow Street and approached the apartment where the young couple lived they heard a child crying inside.
Ingvertsen said officers notified the emergency task force team when they arrived but after they heard the child they decided to act fast.
“The officers decided that they weren’t going to wait for the EST team to respond. The Simsbury officers basically broke into the home and discovered two bodies on the floor,” Ingvertsen said. Both a male and a female were pronounced dead at the scene.
The approximately 18-month-old male child was discovered in the room adjacent to where the bodies were found, according to police.
Police have still not identified the two victims but did say they were both in their early to mid 20’s. The bodies have been sent to the medical examiner and autopsies are expected to be performed on Friday, Ingvertsen said.
The weapon used in the shooting was an automatic handgun but police were unable to say whether the weapon was registered.
The couple’s child is now in the custody of Connecticut Department of Children and Services.
Police are continuing their investigation to determine the events that unfolded over the 24 hours prior to the shooting. The couple had been living in Simsbury for approximately 18 months.
Ingvertsen said police have notified what they believe to be next of kin but will not release the names of the individuals until the autopsy is complete.
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