Shasta man who killed wife, then self had history of domestic violence

Mar 10, 2016 7:28 PM by Debbie Cobb

A tragic story out of Shasta County tonight. The Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder suicide that left a toddler without his parents. Authorities confirm the man who shot his wife and then himself had a history of domestic violence.

Deputies responded to a report of possible domestic violence at a home on the 20-thousand block of Sugar Plum Way North East of Redding shortly before ten last night. Sgt. Brian Jackson told Action News Now Rosanna Baker,36, called a family member to say her husband was going to shoot her and the phone went dead. When authorities arrived they found her body in their bedroom with a single gunshot to the head. Her husband, Timothy Baker,38, was dead as well with what appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot to the head and the gun next to his body.

Sgt. Jackson, With the Major Crimes Unit, says Timothy Baker shot his wife in the head with a 22-caliber rifle then killed himself. Their two-year old was found, safe in another room. He has been released to family members. According to family members and friends of the couple, Sgt. Jackson says the couple had not been getting along.

Court documents show Timothy Baker was sent to prison in 2010 for an unrelated domestic violence case against another woman.

Autopsies are scheduled for tomorrow to determine toxicology and trajectory of bullet entries.

Sgt. Jackson said it's a sad case, quote, "A selfish act of domestic violence that happens too often."


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