TOPEKA, Kan. — Authorities say a shooting at a central Topeka home appears to be a murder-suicide.
Topeka police said in a news release Tuesday that Tabitha Krystofosky’s injuries are consistent with homicide and those of her estranged husband, John Krystofosky, with suicide.
Both were 27 when they died Monday after officers responded to a domestic disturbance. The officers observed two people inside a home, one with a gun. As they notified dispatch, they heard gunshots and reported that officers were in danger. Crisis negotiators were brought to the home. Ultimately, medical staff entered and found them dead.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Tabitha Krystofosky’s death brings the city’s homicide total to 29 for 2017, making the year the deadliest on record. Topeka’s previous homicide record of 28 victims was set in 1994.