A 49-year-old Avon police officer and his 48-year-old wife, who was the director of the East Granby Public Library, have died in a murder-suicide at their East Granby home Sunday night, according to officials.
East Granby is planning to hold a vigil on Monday night.
State police troopers and East Granby police responded to the couple's home on Wynding Hills Road in East Granby shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday after getting 911 calls about gunshots and found a man and a woman suffering from gunshot wounds.
State police said the man, 49-year-old Thomas Jacius, and the woman, 48-year-old Doreen Jacius, died of their injuries.
Doreen Jacius was shot multiple times and Thomas Jacius died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Thomas Jacius was an Avon police officer for almost 24 years and Doreen was his wife, according to Avon police. They said state police notified them around 6:30 p.m. about an off-duty incident involving one of their officers.
East Granby Public Library and the Board of Directors said Doreen was the director of the library.
According to state police, investigators are considering the deaths suspicious. The investigation is ongoing.
There is no threat to the public.
The town will hold a vigil at East Granby Library at 7 p.m. Monday. People who attend are asked to park in the Senior Community Center and Town Hall parking lots.
Avon police said they have notified all members of the Avon Police Department and enlisted the support of the employee assistance program.
"The Avon Police Department is saddened by the events that have transpired and our condolences go out to the families, our friends and the community," a statement from the Avon Police Department said.
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