Police release details of apparent murder-suicide

Police release details of apparent murder-suicide

WOONSOCKET – Police said Monday two individuals found dead in a Woonsocket home Sunday morning were the victim and alleged perpetrator of an apparent murder-suicide.

Glenn Benvenuti, 56, of Woonsocket and Michelle Benvenuti, 45, of North Smithfield were discovered dead in Mr. Benvenuti’s home at 11 Bluestone Drive late Sunday morning. According to police, Ms. Benvenuti, Mr. Benvenuti’s ex-wife, was visiting the home to pick up their seven-year-old son when Mr. Benvenuti allegedly shot her before turning the gun on himself. The child was later recovered from the home by police and is staying with family members.

During a press conference Monday, Chief Thomas Oates called the incident the “ultimate crime of domestic violence,” noting Mr. Benvenuti previously had his firearms seized in 2013 after his ex-wife filed a temporary restraining order. The firearms were returned after the order expired.

According to Oates, Mr. Benvenuti called a friend during the incident to say he had shot his ex-wife and planned to shoot himself. The friend then contacted police, who responded to the home and attempted to contact the occupants before making entry and discovering the two bodies. The child was discovered in a bedroom and was unharmed, according to police.

Police said they are currently unaware of a motive.