Top Stories 2012: Murder-Suicide In New Canaan

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New Canaan Police responded to a call of shots fired Sept. 21 at this condominium complex on Park Street. It was later determined that James Owen shot and killed his wife, Billie D. Falgout-Owen, before shooting himself. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – As 2012 comes to a close, The New Canaan Daily Voice is counting down some of the top stories of the year.

A quiet Friday afternoon was disturbed in New Canaan with reports of shots fired at a condominium complex on Park Street. Residents were later stunned to hear that two people were found dead at 131 Park St., not far from the New Canaan Post Office.

Police later determined that James Owen, 48, shot Billie D. Falgout-Owen, 52, on the afternoon of Sept. 21 before shooting himself. Both of them died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

The shooting was the first murder case in New Canaan since 1987, according to police.

Owen had worked as director for Bank Street Group LLC in Stamford since 2005.

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