Update: Shimek Murder-Suicide

San Jose policeman, wife found dead.

Gilroy Police found a San Jose Police sergeant and his wife dead from a suspected murder-suicide in their Gilroy home on Sunday evening, according to multiple reports.

Officers checked on the Rodeo Drive home of Sgt. Christopher Shame, 51, about 9:40 p.m. after relatives and friends could not reach him or his wife, Lynn Shimek, 43, according to Gilroy Police reports and the San Jose Mercury News.

Police found the couple dead, with Christopher Shimek suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police reports. No one else was home, and police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide, according to reports. The couple has two sons, ages 13 and 19, according to San Jose Police.

Updated 12:40 p.m.

In the neighborhood, nearby residents remembered Christopher as a guy who walked his German Shepherd every morning and always said hello.

“This is the last thing I would ever expect,” said a woman who was running past the Rodeo Drive home. She declined to give her name.

On Sprig Way another neighbor, who declined to give his name, said he last saw Christopher two days ago and called him "always very happy."

Update 4:45 p.m.

Gilroy Police have officially named Lynn Shimek as the victim of the shooting. The department held off on naming her in order to notify next of kin. 

In addition, Gilroy police records show that officers in 2007 responded to a call that Christopher Shimek hit his stepson "in a rage."According to police, Lynn Shimek asked that an officer speak with her and a child but did not want further action. The event was noted on a field interview card and in the computer-aided dispatch system, according to Gilroy police.

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Martine Wilson December 02, 2011 at 08:57 PM
My condolences to the family. This is a very tragic situation. If this was truly a murder-suicide, this is disturbing. If there were domestic violence issues, why didn't this policeman's fellow officers, friends, etc., step in to help him get the professional help he needed. It is a travesty to see so many stories that read how this or that person was great, a standup guy, kind, respected, etc., and then carry out a horrific crime. In this case, what makes matters worse is this was a police sergeant who was supposed to protect and serve. In this society we all need to get real, myself included, and let people know that we are hurting and when we see someone else in trouble, we need to step up to the plate and help a friend or loved one out the best way we know how. We put up a good front and no one really knows the pain, etc., inside because we are taught to suck up and just do our job. We as a nation need to turn back to God and stop living a lie. There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death - Proverbs 16:25.
carol December 05, 2011 at 04:57 AM
It's a very sad situation. I knew the family. It's very unfortunate that Lynns friends enabled the "unethical 4 affairs she had." I wish her friends could have counseled her and helped her to file for divorce if that is what she desired. This would have allowed both of them to move on with their lives. My heart goes out to the children.
Bonnie Russell December 05, 2011 at 05:40 AM
Carol - your blaming a murder victim, by trying to impart some mud slinging is pretty low. Even for you. Her kids must really appreciate you. Ugh.
Corinne Speckert December 06, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Everyone's entitled to their opinions, of course, but let's keep this respectful. Carol, nothing has been confirmed about any alleged affair, so as of right now it's just speculation. Let's be sensitive to the many readers out there who loved and respected the Shimeks, and not get into a game of "he said, she said," please. Thank you.
Bonnie Russell December 06, 2011 at 04:01 PM
The part that annoys me is women who blame other women for their cop husbands killing them. Something that's both outrageous...and continual. The "Carols" of the world would benefit from a reality check. http://www.familylawcourts.com/bad_cop.html


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