Deadly Simsbury double shooting ruled murder-suicide


SIMSBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the double shooting that left a husband and wife dead a murder-suicide.

The shootings happened at around 5:30 p.m. on Woodleigh Place in Simsbury. An 18-year-old woman who was inside the home at the time went to a neighbor’s for help, police said.

When police arrived on the scene, officers located 57-year-old Linda Halligan inside the house. She was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where she died from injuries, according to police.

Officers then found 59-year-old Bernard Halligan Jr. dead inside the garage.

The office of the chief medical examiner said an autopsy determined Bernard Halligan Jr. died from a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a suicide. An autopsy of his wife revealed she died from a gunshot wound to the head, and the office ruled her death a homicide.

Simsbury police described the incident as a “domestic violence shooting” and said there is no threat to the community.

The video below is from a Dec. 13, 2021, newscast.

“It’s a very safe community, it’s a beautiful community,” Deputy Chief Christopher Davis said. “Obviously these types of instances can happen anywhere. It, unfortunately, happened here tonight [Sunday]. I said it’s a tragic situation. Our hearts go out to the family and the friends of everybody involved.”

Police said a suspect involved in the shooting was located but did not elaborate.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Simsbury police at (860) 658-3145.

The video below is from a Dec. 12, 2021, newscast.

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