Suspect in Mich. sisters’ slayings is found dead
by Mike Householder, Associated Press
July 18, 2012 10:55 AM | 524 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This undated photo released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Thomas J. Fritz, 38, of Sylvania, Ohio, who served a one-year sentence on a 2007 third-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction. Michigan State Police say Fritz is a suspect in the fatal shooting of Lisa Gritzmaker, 24, and Amy Merrill, 34, and the wounding of the women’s mother at Merrill’s home in Blissfield, Mich., on Friday, July 13, 2012. Michigan State Police say Fritz is a fugitive and wanted for questioning in the shootings. They say he’s considered armed and dangerous. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)
This undated photo released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Thomas J. Fritz, 38, of Sylvania, Ohio, who served a one-year sentence on a 2007 third-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction. Michigan State Police say Fritz is a suspect in the fatal shooting of Lisa Gritzmaker, 24, and Amy Merrill, 34, and the wounding of the women’s mother at Merrill’s home in Blissfield, Mich., on Friday, July 13, 2012. Michigan State Police say Fritz is a fugitive and wanted for questioning in the shootings. They say he’s considered armed and dangerous. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)
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This photo taken Monday, July, 16, 2012 shows a house in Blissfield, Mich where two sisters were shot and killed Friday night. Police were searching for one of the women's ex-boyfriends who was charged with open murder on Monday. (AP Photo/John Seewer)
This photo taken Monday, July, 16, 2012 shows a house in Blissfield, Mich where two sisters were shot and killed Friday night. Police were searching for one of the women's ex-boyfriends who was charged with open murder on Monday. (AP Photo/John Seewer)
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DETROIT (AP) _ Police say an Ohio man charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend and her pregnant sister in Michigan fatally shot himself in a remote West Virginia cabin after seeing U.S. marshals closing in on him.

Michigan State Police Lt. Sean Furlong says the federal marshals heard a gunshot then found 38-year-old Thomas Fritz dead in the Sistersville, W.Va., cabin Tuesday night.

Police say the Sylvania, Ohio, man shot his ex-girlfriend, Amy Merrill, her pregnant 24-year-old sister, Lisa Gritzmaker, and their mother, Robin Lynn McCowan, on Friday at the Blissfield, Mich., home he and Merrill shared until recently.

Only McCowan survived. She is recovering from her wounds at a hospital.

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