DC detective, 50, is shot dead by his wife, 41, in ‘murder-suicide’ inside their Maryland home just hours after
DC Metropolitan detective, Timothy Eugene Francis and his wife, Christina Lynn Francis, were found dead inside their Waldorf, Maryland home Friday
Charles County sheriffs dispatched to the home 6pm Friday after a family member reported finding the deceased in the home
Police said they found evidence that the woman had shot her husband and then herself in an apparent murder-suicide
12 hours earlier Christina shared a video of the couple’s wedding to her Facebook before they were discovered inside the home
She shared footage of their wedding and wrote ‘I love you and what we had together’
It’s unclear what led up to the alleged murder-suicide or any motives
A Maryland woman shot dead her police officer husband and then killed herself, authorities said.
‘We had 6 years of experience and [memories] that should have taken [precedence] over everything in everything we did,’ Christina Lyn Francis posted on social media just twelve hours before she allegedly shot dead her husband, Det. Timothy Eugene Francis. She allegedly then turned the gun on her self in a murder-suicide.
Christina Francis, shared a video of the couple’s wedding on Facebook.
The post lamented over the couple getting ‘lost in petty s***’ and the ‘marriage wasn’t put together for a great [reason].
‘We had 6 years of experience and [memories] that should have taken [precedence] over everything in everything we did,’ she wrote.
Around 6pm on Friday Charles County sheriffs were dispatched to the couple’s home in Waldorf following a report of two people were found dead inside.
The preliminary investigation revealed a “family member” found the pair dead after trying to contact his daughter throughout the day and when he did not hear from “her or her husband,” went to their house, according to a Charles County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The family member discovered the deceased bodies and alerted authorities.
Police said they found evidence that the Christina, 41, had shot Timothy, 50, and then herself.
It’s unclear what led up to the alleged murder-suicide or any motives.
The department will not release details regarding the incident at this time until the medical examiner’s office confirmed the official cause of death.
However, authorities confirmed that the weapon was a handgun and that there were multiple firearms inside the home at the time.
The Facebook post shared by Christina also recalled their marraige and wedding as a special to the couple.
‘This day meant everything to me,’ Christina wrote, referring to when they tied the knot three years ago.
‘I love you and what we had together…YOU AND I BELONGED TOGETHER AND ALWAYS…Tim and Christina Francis together.’
She also shared a photo of her two children on Friday, calling them her ‘pride and joy’ before adding ‘love you both with my heart.’
Both posts were flooded with tributes, condolences and prayers for the families.
After news of the tragedy spread, local law enforcement agencies shared their condolences and lauded Timothy as a stellar officer.
‘Mourning the tragic loss of our colleague and friend is extremely difficult,’ MPD Chief Peter Newsham said in a statement.
‘Detective Francis spent two decades protecting the community from violence, and to learn that he was the victim of a homicide is heartbreaking.’
The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia shared a photo of Timothy on social media, saying he was a veteran detective who served 20 years on the force.
Most recently, he worked as a detective on the Homicide Unit’s Natural Squad.
‘MPD Det. Timothy Francis, was tragically shot and killed in a domestic-related homicide yesterday. The suspect was also found deceased & Charles County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this case,’ the department wrote.
‘Det. Francis had 20 years of service. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family & loved ones.’
The Washington D.C. Police Union added that Timothy’s career in law enforcement followed his father’s footsteps.
‘Tim was one of the best detectives in CID. His father was also a detective that worked nearly 45 years for MPD,’ the DC Police Union wrote.
‘Tim was a stand up guy that always held his ground. We are all still reeling from this news. The MPD has lost a true detective today and he will not soon be replaced.’