Derby police investigating the deaths of two men


DERBY, Kan. (KSNW) – Derby police are investigating the deaths of two men. On Monday evening, the Derby Police Department responded to a home in the 600 block of Tanglewood Ct. in Derby to check the welfare of the resident.

Officers made their way into the home as part of an investigation, and inside they made a gruesome discovery.

“We went to that location, attempted to make contact with the homeowner, and were unsuccessful in doing so,” says Derby Police Chief Robert Lee. “Shortly after 10 last night, officers were able to gain entry into the home, went inside, and found two adult males deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.”

Chief Lee also says they did not find any signs of forced entry into the home, and he believes the two men knew each other. The chief also confirmed both men were in their 30’s, and investigators are still in the process of notifying all immediate family members.

While Chief Lee says this appears to be an apparent murder-suicide, he says the investigation continues.

“We’ve been investigating the case since (Monday night) that time and we’ve also had the opportunity to confer with the regional forensics science center as well since they have evidence in the case. And we are certainly looking at it as a possibility as a murder-suicide situation,” says Lee. “We will know more once we have conclusive testing results come back, but that is certainly something that we are considering. But we are wanting to keep all of our options open, and we’ll certainly investigate any leads that are out there, any leads we receive.”

Neighbors say the home always appeared to be quiet with no outward signs of any trouble.

“I’ve lived here more than two years. I don’t really know them that well,” says neighbor Josh Walker. “Been really quiet. I mean they kind of kept to themselves. Nothing unusual. It’s definitely not something you expect in Derby in a quiet neighborhood like this.”

The Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center is assisting in determining the sequence of injuries and if any of the injuries were self-inflicted.

Anyone with information should call the Derby Police Department at 788-1557 or Derby Crime Stoppers at 788-TIPS-8477.

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