WAYNE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Springfield Township police and Doylestown police held a joint news conference Wednesday regarding the murder of a woman on Moonlight Drive Tuesday and the suicide of a man in Doylestown.
Police say around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday a Doylestown police officer saw a driver go through a red light on Portage Street. He's driving along and at one point he turns on his hazard lights. After swerving down the street the driver eventually stopped on the tree lawn on the opposite side of the street. The officer believed the driver had experienced some sort of medical emergency.
The officer says the driver was slumped over with a gun on his lap. He also had a gunshot wound to the head and died at the hospital.
The driver was identified as Thomas Abshire of Springfield Township.
While trying to contact his next of kin, police found his 44-year-old wife, Jennifer dead in their Springfield Township home. Police say they responded to the home at 4 a.m. with no response. They tried back at 6 a.m. and that's when one of the officers looked through the window and saw blood on the floor.
They entered the home and found the wife dead in the hallway. There were also charred items on the stove. Police say in an attempt to start a fire.
Her cause of death has not been released. An autopsy is expected to be completed Wednesday. Preliminary report reveals multiple stab wounds to the victim.
The family says the two were planning a fishing trip this week. Police say the couple had been married for 13 years. Jennifer Abshire was a special education teacher with Akron Public Schools for nine years.