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February 11, 2014

Plattsburgh couple die in murder-suicide

Police say man shot his wife, then killed himself

PLATTSBURGH — City Police say Wayne C. Cashman killed his wife, Ann Marie, then fatally shot himself.

The investigation of the murder-suicide was launched after a 5:10 a.m. 911 call from Press-Republican paper carrier Glen Thompson, who had found a note attached to a broomstick outside the home at 79 Maryland Road.

Thompson said that when he approached the house to drop off the paper, the broomstick was resting against the door.

The note taped to it said “murder call 911,” he said.

On the bottom of the note was the word “suicide,” but it was hard to read, at first, Thompson said.

“It was written a lot smaller than the rest of it and looked like it was written in a hurry,” he said.

Thompson, 56, went back to his truck and called 911. 

“I was so nerved up. I’ve never been involved in something like this before,” he said.

Police arrived shortly after and began to check out the house.

“They were being very cautious because who knew was was going on,” Thompson said.

FOUND NEAR WATERFRONT

Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot said officers found Mrs. Cashman, 61, in bed, dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

“While searching the residence, they found a note inside saying that Mr. Cashman was responsible for her death and was going to the waterfront to take his own life,” the chief said.

The note sent police to the city marina parking lot on lower Dock Street, near the former Clare & Carl’s restaurant, a drive of about 2 miles.

They found Mr. Cashman, 63, dead on the ground there by his white pickup truck.

ARMED VEHICLES

City Police had responded to the location using armored vehicles that had been given to the department by the military.

“It was perfect for this situation,” Racicot told the Press-Republican, because police didn’t know at the time if Mr. Cashman was alive and armed.

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