A suburban Chicago man shot dead his wife and then himself because he feard both of them had coronavirus

According to a statement from the Will County Sheriff’s Office, deputies who were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of Bruce Road in Lockport Township to conduct a welfare check discovered the bodies of 54-year-old Patrick Jesernik and 59-year-old Cheryl Schriefer. 

The two, whose bodies were found in separate rooms in the residence laying in pools of blood, had each been shot once in the head and a loaded revolver was near Jesernik’s body. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Officials wrote that all the doors and windows inside the house were locked from the inside, the home was ‘neat and orderly’ and there were no signs of struggle.   

The person who called police told deputies that he was contacted by Jesernik’s family, who asked to check on him because they had not heard from him.   

A check of the address was conducted by detectives, which showed no previous calls for service in regards to domestic disputes. 

It was reported that Schriefer was having a difficulty breathing, which is one of the symptoms of the coronavirus. The family said that to their knowledge, she had not received the test result.

The next day, an autopsy was conducted on the couple and revealed that the woman was shot in the back of the head at close range. Her death was ruled a homicide. 

Jesernik died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and his death was ruled as a suicide. Both husband and wife tested negative for COVID-19.

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