May 13, 2020

USA: Man Gunned Down An 85-Year-Old Woman And Her 86-Year-Old Husband On The Grounds Of The Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Police Chased Suspect Into Wooded Area Exchanged Gunfire

New York Post
written by Jackie Solo
Sunday May 10, 2020

A married Maryland couple in their 80s were killed at a Delaware cemetery by a gunman whom authorities later found dead, according to reports.

Sheldon C. Francis, 29, gunned down an 85-year-old woman and her 86-year-old husband Friday morning on the grounds of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, NBC Philadelphia reported.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene while her husband died Saturday at an area hospital, police said. The couple’s identities haven’t been released.

Police said officers chased Francis around noon into a wooded area, where he exchanged gunfire with them.

He was found dead from a gunshot wound around 4 p.m. in the Brennen Estates neighborhood, which borders the veterans’ cemetery, authorities said.

It’s unclear whether Francis shot himself or was struck by police in the shootout, police said.

The state police homicide unit is investigating the case, the outlet reported.

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