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Suspect Solomon Roberts found dead after killing estranged wife Catherine Roberts and injuring teenage son Solomon Roberts Jr

Waterbury police noted that Roberts Sr. had a history of violence.



On Tuesday morning, a shooting incident in Waterbury resulted in the death of two individuals, identified as 45-year-old Catherine Roberts and her 19-year-old son, Solomon Roberts Jr.

According to Waterbury police, Catherine’s estranged husband and Solomon Jr.’s father, 44-year-old Solomon Roberts Sr., was responsible for the shooting.

However, on Wednesday, Virginia State Police reported that Roberts Sr. was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being spotted traveling through their jurisdiction in the same vehicle that had left the homicide scene.

Waterbury police noted that Roberts Sr. had a history of violence.

According to FOX3, the Pine Village Condominiums on 100 Mark Ln. were the location of a shooting that was reported to the police at around 5 a.m. on March 7. Catherine Roberts was shot multiple times and Solomon Roberts Jr. sustained injuries and was given medical treatment.

He was then taken to a local hospital where he is now in stable condition. The suspect had fled the scene before the police arrived and remained at large.

Waterbury’s police chief, Fernando Spagnolo, described the incident as a case of domestic violence and stated that the suspect had a history of domestic violence, as well as prior gun, drug, and violent crime offenses.

He has been arrested more than seven times in recent years. Police have strong leads on the suspect’s whereabouts.

Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said the suspect in the murder had obtained the gun illegally and should not have had access to it.

Elected officials were in Waterbury to promote new firearms legislation from the governor, which includes a proposal to require a 10-day waiting period before purchasing a firearm and making family violence convictions a disqualifier for a pistol permit.

Spagnolo said that enacting this legislation could have prevented the murder by placing outside eyes on the suspect through supervised release and providing services to combat the situation.

The victim’s family declined to speak due to their distress. Police asked anyone with information to contact Waterbury detectives or Crime Stoppers.

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