Estranged pair’s shooting apparent murder-suicide

first_img “I’m shocked,” he said of the deaths. Hunt had been arrested on an illegal firearms charge in September by Los Angeles police but was released the following day, Sheriff’s Department records show. Romprey hadn’t attended Reel Cowboy meetings for more than a year, but Hunt had walked with the group Saturday in the Palmdale Christmas parade, wearing Western-style clothes and carrying a rifle replica he made. Hunt’s gunmaking had introduced him to movie stuntmen who belong to Reel Cowboys, and he had joined the group five or six years ago, Altfeld said. Hunt had brought Romprey into the group. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Detectives are not certain whether Hunt had been living with Romprey and her children, Hartshorne said. The shootings occurred just after 6 p.m. at a house in the 3000 block of Carrolos Street, officials said. Deputies found the couple dead when they went to the house on a report that shots had been fired there. The couple had been separated and Hunt, a retired Canadian firefighter and gunmaker, had apparently been living with a friend and then out of his car, according to a member of a Western movie group to which both belonged. “He hadn’t been living there for some time,” said Sheldon Altfeld, who had attended a wedding reception in 2004 for the couple at her home. Altfeld said he saw no signs of violence in the relationship and believed they separated merely because they didn’t get along. Altfeld said he heard Hunt had been applying for U.S. citizenship. ACTON – An estranged Acton couple died in an apparent murder-suicide at the woman’s home, authorities said Tuesday. Maurice “Moe” Hunt, 55, is believed to have shot Michelle Lee Romprey, 43, then turned the gun on himself Monda, sheriff’s deputies said. Her two sons were at the house but were not harmed. “We’re not quite sure of the relationship and the state of it at this time,” sheriff’s homicide Lt. Joe Hartshorne said. “They definitely were acquainted with each other.” Coroner’s officials are expected today to make a formal declaration of whether the deaths were murder and suicide. A gun was found by deputies, Hartshorne said. last_img read more