Two bodies found at Warren fire scene, murder-suicide suspected

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published May 28, 2021

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WARREN — Investigators believe a 37-year-old man shot his female companion, set fire to the house and then ended his own life in the 31500 block of Fairfield Avenue on May 28.

“It appears to be a murder-suicide,” Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the single-story brick ranch home near 13 Mile and Schoenherr roads at 6:06 a.m., Warren Fire Chief Orrin Ferguson said, where the entry team located two bodies in the kitchen.

Dwyer said it appeared that the man shot the 32-year-old woman in the kitchen before he set the home on fire. Two points of fire origin were identified: in one of the bedrooms, and in the basement.

Ferguson said the investigation remained ongoing and that it wasn’t clear what was used to start the fire.

“We responded and did execute a search warrant, but it appears that the male, according to statements that were made by his family members, was despondent,” Dwyer said. “Everything points to a murder-suicide.”

Ferguson said no adjacent properties were damaged and that there were no injuries reported among responding firefighters. The Fire Department remained at the scene until about 7:30 a.m.