Marketplace   Menu Guide   Complete Pages      
butler eagle
Site last updated: Friday, January 30, 2015 Bookmark our site!
Local PennsylvaniaNationalInternationalNews Extras  
Published: January 27, 2013 print this article Print save this article Save email this article Email ENLARGE TEXT increase font decrease font

Domestic dispute ends in couple’s deaths



CENTER TWP — A couple’s sometimes turbulent relationship came to a violent end Saturday when the man gunned down his girlfriend, then committed suicide, authorities said.
Responding to a call that shots were fired in the village of Unionville about 1:40 a.m., state police found 45-year-old Sonja Kummer lying dead on the snow-covered stone driveway at her Brown Road trailer home.
Investigators suspect Kummer was packing up her belongings and moving out when Dean V. Clawson, 49, opened fired on her with a Remington pump shotgun.
She was hit from behind three times in the neck and upper back. Troopers found Kummer’s body just 10 feet from her still idling car and about 15 feet from the front door where she had fled.
Police believe that after killing his girlfriend, Clawson walked back into the home, sat down on the living room couch and fired one more time from the same shotgun — ending his life.
A month earlier, the couple had apparently committed to marry.
“The rumor was they had gotten engaged over Christmas,” said Trooper Gesuele Burello.
Butler County Coroner William Young III pronounced Kummer and Clawson dead at the scene. An autopsy found she died of multiple gunshot wounds. He died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
Both were shot with a shotgun containing bird or steel shot, said county Deputy Coroner Dennis Trzeciak, who was called to assist Young.
Police have ruled the shooting a murder-suicide.





Back
Comments
Order Photos!
 
MORE NEWS HEADLINES
arrow Promos for Sunday
arrow Prospect man is cleared
arrow Property owners will receive up to $5M in Route 228 project
arrow Balloon crew surpasses old record
 
MOST READ ARTICLES
arrow District attorney pulls back offer of lie detector test
arrow Mother catches baby dropped from window of burning house
arrow Film crew to shoot at Butler Memorial
arrow Molestation case hinges on lie detector test