Police: Well-known Florida couple die in murder-suicide

AP News
|
Posted: May 01, 2016 10:28 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police say a well-known St. Petersburg couple has died in their home in a murder-suicide.

The Tampa Bay Times reports (http://bit.ly/1r8VW21 ) that the bodies of former St. Petersburg police officer Gerard Joseph Stempinski and his wife, Marie Stempinski, were discovered Friday night.

Police say 69-year-old Gerard Stempinski shot his wife then took his own life.

Gerard worked for 25 years as a police officer and detective before becoming a financial adviser. Marie, who was 72, was president of a communications firm and a frequent columnist for the Times.

A friend told the newspaper that Gerard had seemed depressed recently because of an injury that required him to use a walking cane. Marie had also recently suffered a severe hip injury.