STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE MURDER SUICIDE IN WORCESTER COUNTY
(Berlin, MD) — 2014-04-17 — Maryland State Police are investigating a possible murder suicide in Worcester County.
The deceased victim is identified as Ada Wright, 91, of the 600 block of William Street in Berlin. She was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency medical personnel.
The deceased suspect, believed to be Ada’s husband, is identified as Lester Wright, 90, of the same address. He succumbed to his injuries at Peninsula Regional Medical Center shortly after the incident occurred.
At 8:45 a.m. this morning, the Worcester County 911 center received a call from a family member reporting a possible shooting at the residence. The family member informed police that he found the victim deceased in her bed and the suspect lying on the floor next to the bed with gunshot wounds.
Upon their arrival to the scene, officers from the Berlin Police Department and emergency medical service personnel pronounced Ada dead at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound. Police found Lester on the floor with what also appeared to be gunshot wounds. He immediately received medical treatment and was transported by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Maryland State Police crime scene investigators are currently processing the scene for evidence. Interviews with family members and friends of both the victim and suspect are being conducted.
Autopsy results are pending examination by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. There are no other suspects identified at this time.
Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators were requested by the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) to assume the lead role in the investigation. The Maryland State Police investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division in both Berlin and Princess Anne and investigators from the WCBI are assisting with the investigation. Officers from the Berlin Police Department, sheriff deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Worcester County State’s Attorney also responded to the scene.