A man in Watertown, Connecticut shot his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter in the chest after an argument about smoking in the house.
The Watertown Police Department reported that Sterling Jette Jr. and Della Jette were both pronounced dead after being taken to the local hospital.
Sterling and Della Jette Were Shot and Killed by Their Mom’s Boyfriend After an Argument About Smoking in the House
Paul Fergusson, the boyfriend, killed himself after shooting the children.
Police arrived at the house after getting a call around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday from a woman who “reported to us her live-in boyfriend was armed and had just shot her daughter and son.”
When they arrived, Danielle Jette, the children’s mother, told police that her boyfriend and daughter had argued about smoking in the house. Della had been speaking to her mother about how she didn’t like Ferguson smoking in the house and their fighting got loud.
Ferguson asked Della to quiet down and when she didn’t, he went into the bedroom and came back into the kitchen with a handgun. He then shot both children while their mother called 911.
Ferguson, a convicted felon, and Jette had been dating for about two years and the couple had just moved in together.
“It’s traumatic for the whole community, everyone living in Watertown,” police said. “They had many friends I’m sure, many classmates, and this is very hard to handle.”
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