UPDATE: Sheriff's office news release about Berlin Twp. shooting

The Erie County Sheriff's office released this information about Friday night's fatal shooting in Berlin Township after press deadli
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

The Erie County Sheriff's office released this information about Friday night's fatal shooting in Berlin Township after press deadline for Saturday's print edition:

Deputies were sent at 6:51 p.m. Friday to 5903 Ohio 113, Berlin Township, in response to a domestic violence report of a man choking a woman. An additional report was received the male was pointing a gun at the female.

The first deputies at the scene talked to witnesses, later identified as two daughters of the victims, who said a fight had taken place and at least one shot had been fired inside the house. Deputies made a forced entry and found the body of Melanie R. Jensen, 34, of the Ohio 113 address. She was dead, and appeared to have been shot in the head.

Deputies searched the area and found Mrs. Jensen's husband, Thomas W. Jensen, 42, also of the Ohio 113 address, barricaded in a workshop in a detached garage behind the home.

Deputies saw Jensen place a .357 Magnum revolver to his head and he threatened to kill himself.

After four hours of negotiation, Jensen shot himself in the head at about 11:14 p.m., deputies said. Deputies believe Jensen used the same gun to kill himself and his wife.

Erie County Coroner Dr. Brian Baxter was called to the scene and ordered both bodies transported to the Lucas County Coroner's office in Toledo for an autopsy.

The couple's children are with a family member.

Assisting at the scene were the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Norwalk Police Department Special Response Team, Huron County Sheriff's office Special Response Team, Milan Police Department, Berlin Township Fire Department and North Central EMS.