Detectives Investigate Murder-Suicide in Briggs Chaney Area

Man used hammer as weapon during argument with estranged partner, then killed himself, police say


Montgomery County Police Department

Montgomery County police say a 48-year-old man used a hammer to attack his estranged partner in the Briggs Chaney area on Saturday, leaving her with fatal injuries before committing suicide nearby.

Authorities arrived at a home in the 2900 block of Shepperton Terrace at about 9:07 p.m. in response to reports of a domestic assault. In a bedroom, they found 50-year-old Rosa Melida Contreras suffering from life-threatening injuries, according to a press release.

They then found the body of a man, Genaro Cruz Ramos, hanging from a tree behind the home. They tried to revive Ramos, but he was pronounced dead on the scene, the release stated. His death has been ruled a suicide.

Rescue workers took Contreras to a local hospital, where she died Wednesday, police reported.

Investigators believe that Contreras and Ramos were romantically involved for about eight years, but had recently separated from each other.

On Saturday, Ramos, of unknown address, came to Contreras’ Shepperton Terrace home, police reported. The two began arguing, and Ramos attacked Contreras, police reported.

A person who was in the home at the time then saw Ramos leave the home with a rope in his hand, according to police.

Anyone with information about the murder-suicide was asked to call investigators at 240-773-5050.

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