Sheriff Says Maryland Killing Of Family Is Now A Murder Suicide Investigation

At around 9:20 Friday morning a man called Cecil County 911 and reported that he had shot four people and was going to kill himself, said Sheriff Scott Adams at a Friday afternoon press conference.

As deputies responded to the home on Hebron Court, north of Elkton, Maryland, in the Elk Mills area, rescue crews raced to the scene as well.  When police arrived on scene they surrounded the home and made entry, finding a man, a woman, and three children that had succumbed to their injuries. The man was found with a handgun near his body according to Adams.

Officials said that deputies first found the man deceased inside a detached garage with a cellphone and a handgun near his body. The woman was found shot on the first floor of the home, and the three children were found shot upstairs said Adams.

FSU has learned that several pets were also in the home at the time of the incident. Sources familiar with the 911 call tell FSU that the family dog was referenced during the call. It’s believed that the pets were unharmed. That has not been confirmed by police.

Officials said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed that all subjects died as a result of gunshot wounds. On Monday the Sheriff’s Office said that based on the evidence obtained, this incident is considered a murder/suicide investigation by the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.

The deceased are identified as:
Parents:
Marcus Edward Milligan – male, 39 years of age
Tara Devina Ricker Milligan – female, 37 years of age

Children:
Teresa Milligan – female, 14 years of age
Nora Milligan – female, 11 years of age
Finn Milligan – male, 8 years of age

Marcus Milligan and Tara Milligan were married and parents to the three children. All of the deceased resided at the Hebron Court address.

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