Massachusetts State Police Detectives Respond to Fatal Shooting in Montgomery

January 23, 2018 -Montgomery- On January 22, 2018 at approximately 9:30 a.m., state troopers assigned to the Russell Barracks received a call from a caller in Montgomery  who stated he had just killed his wife and was about to kill himself. The caller was later identified as Mr. Jeffrey Houston, 68, of Montgomery, Mass.

Massachusetts State Troopers from the Russell barracks responded immediately to 123 Main Road in the Town of Montgomery.  In addition to the initial responders a Massachusetts State Police crisis negotiator along with members of the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office responded directly as well.

Upon arrival, numerous attempts were made to establish contact with the occupant in the house utilizing various telephone numbers and a loud speaker, which proved unsuccessful.

After failing to make contact with the occupant the front door of the residence was breached. The Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team deployed and a search of the residence commenced. Two gunshot victims were soon discovered in the second floor master bedroom.

Once the residence was secure, Massachusetts State Police Captain Christopher Wilcox, who leads the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s Office, took command of the scene.

The deceased, lying side by side in bed, were identified as Mr. Jeffrey Houston, 68, and his wife Janice Houston, 65, both of 123 Main Road, Montgomery, Mass. Lying next to them, also suffering from a gunshot wound, was their dog.

Mr. Houston was in possession of a firearm when he was found. Two additional firearms were also secured during a sweep of the home.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni offers his sympathies to those affected by this tragedy.

This is an open and ongoing investigation.

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