27 August 2020

  Major Darrin S. Pitkin
  Troop D Commander



On August 26, 2020, at 4:01 p.m., State Police in Herkimer was dispatched to 266 Roberts Road in the town of Russia for a possible suicide.

The preliminary investigation has determined a male subject was found deceased on the exterior deck of the residence from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  During a check of the residence, Troopers discovered a deceased female in an upstairs bedroom with an apparent gunshot wound. 

The male subject has been identified as Ronald J. Johnson, age 65 from that address.  The female victim has been identified as Ronald Johnson’s wife, 68-year-old Kathleen F. Johnson.

The preliminary investigation reveals the scene and circumstances surrounding this incident to be a murder/suicide.

The investigation is continuing.



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