Friday, December 19, 2014

Suicide and attempted murder in Glenolden

A man took his own life and came very close to taking his wife's life early this morning in Glenolden, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

Suicide and attempted murder in Glenolden

A man took his own life and came very close to taking his wife's life early this morning in Glenolden, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

The couple have been identified by authorities as Richard and Carol Ann Piroli, both of whom are 66. They were discovered by relatives who went to check on them at their home on Ashland Avenue near Andrews around 7:30 a.m.

District attorney spokeswoman Emily Harris said Richard Piroli is believed to have shot his wife twice in the head before shooting himself once in the chest early this morning in the bedroom of the home they shared. 

Richard was pronounced dead on scene. Carol Ann was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where she is listed in very critical condition. A motive for the shooting has not yet been determined. 

Glenolden borough is .97-square miles and has 7,100 residents, according to the last U.S. census.

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