Pennsylvania Man Shoots Parents Dead, Kills Self in Double Murder-Suicide

Pennsylvania Man Shoots Parents Dead, Kills Self in Double Murder-Suicide
Police tape in a file photo. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Authorities in Pennsylvania released the identities of the three bodies that were found dead on Thursday evening.

The York County Coroner’s Office said in an updated release (pdf) that 28-year-old David Jonathan Schlenoff shot and killed his mother and father before turning the gun on himself in a double murder-suicide.

The coroner’s office identified Schlenoff’s father as 71-year-old David Schlenoff, and his mother as 66-year-old Elizabeth Schlenoff.

According to the release, all three died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The chief of the Rose Fire Company, Chris Boyer, told The York Dispatch he was the first on the scene in what was reported as a structure fire.

“There was no fire,” Boyer told the outlet. “It was just a pot of food burning on the stove.”

Boyer added that he met with responding officers shortly after entering the house.

“I was met by a police officer, who told me to step back, that it was a police incident,” Boyer told The York Dispatch. “The Southern Regional Police Department discovered the bodies.”

A stock photo of police tape
A stock photo of police tape (Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

Coroner Pam Gay said in a news release Friday that Schlenoff’s death is listed as a suicide while his father and mother’s deaths are listed as homicides. The next of kin have been notified and there will be no autopsy.

Officers with the Southern Regional Police Department are continuing to work on the investigation.

New Freedom Borough is located in the southern portion of York County in Pennsylvania, about 61 miles from Washington.

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