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New York police sergeant found dead with his wife and two children in apparent murder-suicide

Watson Morgan, 49, was a sergeant with the Bronxville Police Department in Westchester County

Andrea Blanco
Monday 01 January 2024 16:12 GMT
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A New York police sergeant killed his wife and two children before taking his own life over the weekend, authorities have said.

The Clarkstown Police Department identified the victims in the murder-suicide as 49-year-old Watson Morgan, his wife Ornela Morgan, 43, and the couple’s two sons, aged 10 and 12.

Authorities said all four had gunshot wounds and a handgun was recovered at the scene.

Their remains were discovered by police just after midnight on Friday at the family’s home in New City, a suburb of New York City, after Morgan failed to show up for his evening shift at the Bronxville Police Department.

“At this phase in the investigation it is believed that Watson killed his wife and two children, prior to killing himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” a statement by the Clarkstown Police Department read.

Bronxville Police Department Sergeant Watson Morgan, his wife Ornella Morgan and their two children, aged 10 and 12, were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide

Watson was an officer with the New York Police Department for seven years.

He then joined the police force in Bronxville, located in Westchester County, in 2007 and was promoted to sergeant in 2016.

According to a tweet by the official Educators of New York account, Ornela Watson was a public school teacher in New York City.

A neighbour of the family, who asked not to be named, told The New York Post that the community had been left shocked

“I never in a million years would expect [he] would do something like this,” the woman said. “The kids were always out here playing outside, and their mom was just the sweetest person you ever met ... We’re in shock. Everyone in this community is shocked.”

Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale said in a statement that the tragedy left the department with “profoundly broken hearts at the senseless loss of innocent lives.”

“Our hearts go out to Sergeant Morgan’s extended family,” Chief Satriale said. “Our thoughts and prayers are also with his Bronxville Police Department family.”

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