CHESAPEAKE, VA. (WAVY) — Six people are dead following an apparent murder-suicide in the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake.
According to Kelly O’Sullivan with Chesapeake Police, officers were called to the 2300 block of Wildwood Road around 3:35 p.m. to check on the welfare of a person.
When they arrived officers found one person dead inside the home.
Further investigation by police at the first home led them to another home at the intersection of North George Washington Highway and Wintergreen Drive — a few blocks from Wildwood Road.
Once there, officers found an armed person who would not come out of the home.
Police blocked off the neighborhood and tried to negotiate with the person to get them out of the house.
After several hours, officers entered the home and found five people dead — including the armed person they were trying to negotiate with.
According to O’Sullivan, all six people who died were family members. Investigators believe the armed person killed the family members before officers arrived on the scene.
A neighbor across the street talked to 10 On Your Side’s Rico Bush, and gave his reaction to Thursday’s traumatic events.
“It’s crazy, it’s too much. I’m right beside it,” Demetrius Peacock said. “My family and I don’t feel safe.”
Another neighbor expressed that she felt shocked and devastated about the incident.
Investigators say they believe this all stemmed from a domestic incident.
Medical examiners arrived on the scene at Wintergreen Drive around 6:45 a.m. to remove the victims’ bodies from the home.
At one point, a local chaplain went out to the scene to talk to police officers.