Pittsboro Police investigate apparent murder-suicide

PITTSBORO, Ind.--Pittsboro Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred Saturday evening on the town’s north side.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m., police were called to the 700 block of Penny Lane on a report of a physical domestic disturbance.

When police arrived they found an adult male, later identified as 59-year-old Craig Chesser,  and female deceased, later identified as 39-year-old Chasity Chesser, in the living room from apparent gunshot wounds.

Police believe they were married.

Pittsboro Police Major Scott King says the incident looks like a murder-suicide.

Investigators say the man shot the woman with a handgun, and then turned the gun on himself.

Major King confirmed that there were four children inside the home at the time of the shooting.

Their ages are 9, 11, 13 and 17.

DCS will be in charge of the children until family can come to take care of them.

"It is a quiet neighborhood. We don’t get a lot of activity in this neighborhood so it’s quite a surprise," Major Scott King said. "I think the neighborhood is shocked from what we can tell. There are a lot of folks who wouldn’t have guessed this would have happened at this particular place.”

According to Major King, the last murder suicide in Pittsboro was in August of 2016.

CBS4 spoke with Cassie Martin, executive director at Sheltering Wings, a local women's shelter.

She said, "A major part of that control is isolation and a person feeling like they don’t have anyone they can go to, anyone that they can talk with, you know, possibly people won’t believe them."

Martin says thinking, "this kind of stuff doesn't happen here" can actually make it harder for victim's to get help.

Sheltering Wings has a 24/7 hotline you can call at 317-745-1496, or visit their website here.

Autopsies are scheduled for tomorrow, and detectives will begin interviewing the children on Monday.

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