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Family of 4 found dead in apparent murder-suicide by New York police sergeant

NEW YORK — A husband and wife and their two sons, ages 10 and 12, were found dead Saturday in a suburban New York home in what authorities described as a murder-suicide committed by a sergeant. from police.

Police officials said Watson Morgan, a sergeant with the Bronxville Police Department, fatally shot his wife, Ornela Morgan, 43, and their sons before killing himself.

The four bodies were discovered by police shortly after midnight Friday at the family’s home in New City, a New York suburb, after Morgan failed to show up for his evening shift at the Bronxville Police Department.

This photo provided by the Bronxville, New York Police Department shows Watson Morgan, a sergeant with the department. Police officials said Morgan shot his wife, Ornela Morgan, 43, and their sons before killing himself. They were found dead on Saturday in a house in the suburbs of New York.Bronxville Police Department via AP

“At this point in the investigation, it is believed that Watson killed his wife and two children, before committing suicide with a gunshot wound,” Clarkstown police said.

All four suffered gunshot wounds, police said. A handgun was found at the scene.

Watson, 49, began his career with the New York Police Department in 2000 before joining the force in Bronxville, a village in Westchester County, seven years later, according to a department biography. He was promoted to sergeant in 2016.

In a statement, Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale said the killings left the department “deeply heartbroken by the senseless loss of innocent lives.”

“Our thoughts are with Sergeant Morgan’s extended family,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are also with his family at the Bronxville Police Department.”

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