Ryan Cheshire and Sarah Cheshire were recently divorced
The bodies of two recently divorced attorneys were discovered at a Minnesota apartment in what authorities believe is a murder-suicide. According to court documents, the couple’s divorce was finalized less than three weeks ago.
Neighbors say they heard someone screaming, and that’s when they called 911.
Fergus Fall police shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday responded to an apartment building at the 1447 Patterson Loop where they discovered Sarah and Ryan Cheshire, both dead from apparent gunshot wounds, WDAY reported.
Officers said their preliminary investigation indicated Ryan Cheshire, 41, an assistant attorney in Otter Tail County, fatally shot his ex-wife before turning the weapon on himself.
Ryan Cheshire, an assistant attorney in Otter Tail County allegedly shot his recently divorced wife
Sarah, a partner at local law firm Karkela, Hunt & Cheshire, before killing himself on Wednesday
One of Sarah’s loved ones told KFGO radio the family had long been worried about Ryan’s troubled relationships and tragedy-filled past.
His father, Robert Cheshire, was a deputy U.S. Marshal who was killed in a February 1983 shoot-out with tax protester Gordon Kahl in North Dakota. When Ryan was 16, he lost his brother in a 1993 car crash, which was caused by a drunk driver, according to the news station.
Ryan Cheshire and Sarah Cheshire with their children
Crime scene: The murder-suicide happened at 1447 Patterson Loop, in Fergus Falls Minnesota on Wednesday, Dec 6
The murder-suicide shocked neighbors in Fergus Falls where the couple had lived for 11 years. Sarah and Ryan Cheshire, shared three children together, but had been living separately before the tragic event.
Sarah, who was an attorney with the local law firm of Karkela, Hunt & Cheshire, was mourned by her colleagues in a Facebook post.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce our dead friend and colleague, Sarah Cheshire has passed away,” the firm wrote Thursday. “Our firm family is grieving this tragic loss.”