Watertown, CT-A teen brother and sister were both shot to death by their mother’s boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself after an argument.
On Tuesday, just before 10 p.m., police responded to the Watertown home after a woman called 911 to report that her boyfriend had shot her children.
When officers arrived, 15-year-old Della Jette and 16-year-old Sterling Jette Jr. were found with life-threatening injuries. They later died at the hospital.
They later died at the hospital.
The boyfriend, Paul W. Ferguson, 42, was pronounced dead at the home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The mother was at the home when the shootings occurred, however was not injured.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Police Chief John Gavalas said there was an argument before the shootings between Ferguson and one of the teenagers. Della was upset over Ferguson’s smoking cigarettes in the home and raised the issue with her mother.
"It became a little bit loud," Gavallas said. "Ferguson was downstairs with the son watching TV. He came up and told the daughter to quiet down and not talk to her mother that way. They had a bit of a dust-up back and forth."
Gavallas said Ferguson went into a bedroom, got a gun and shot Sterling in the leg when the teen came upstairs to confront him. Della went out onto a deck and the mother ran downstairs to call for help.
Ferguson followed Della out onto the deck and shot her in the chest before coming back inside and shooting Sterling in the chest, the chief said.
Ferguson then locked himself in a bedroom and shot himself.
Ferguson, a convicted felon who was not legally allowed to be in possession of a gun, moved into the home about two weeks ago, police said.