NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH (WOIO) - It began Saturday with a 911 call from the daughter of victim Donna Roode saying she thought her mom died.
When emergency crews arrived at the home on Laurel Circle they found Donna Roode had been shot with a 9mm pistol, police say, by her boyfriend Timothy Hoff, who also took his own life.
Just days earlier, Hoff had been charged with gross sexual imposition.
"Based on our investigation we know that the victim Donna had taken some action in ensuring her daughter was safe," said Lt. Greg Petek of the North Ridgeville Police Department.
Roode had reported Hoff to police who investigated and got a warrant for his arrest on gross sexual imposition charges.
He began threatening Donna and even came to the home earlier, which resulted in an intimidation charge being added.
"He had made some threats to burn down the house," said Lt. Petek.
After that, North Ridgeville Police kept a closer eye on the property, fearing trouble.
Police say Saturday, Hoff showed up on Roode's doorstep carrying a gun.
Police believe he very well may have been looking to harm both Roode and his abuse victim.
Roode's motherly instinct kicked in, according to Lt. Petek, "She had made indication to our suspect that the daughter was not at the home at the time the incident occurred so even when she was being threatened and ultimately her life was taken she was thinking of her daughter and took action to protect her."