Authorities identify couple killed in murder-suicide in north Redding

The Shasta County Coroner's Office identified a husband and wife a part of a murder-suicide investigation that is being conducted by the Redding Police Department.

Posted: Aug 4, 2020 3:10 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2020 2:49 PM

UPDATE: 12:33 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 - The Shasta County Coroner's Office identified a husband and wife a part of a murder-suicide investigation that is being conducted by the Redding Police Department.

A Deputy Coroner Investigator arrived on scene Aug. 4 around 7:30 a.m. to assist the Redding Police Department with two decedents from a possible murder-suicide investigation, between a husband and wife in north Redding, according to investigators. 

The first decedent was positively identified as 79-year-old Edwin Pehr Fredrickson, and the second decedent was positively identified as 62-year-old Elizabeth Ann Fredrickson, both of Redding. Both decedents’ next-of-kin have been notified and the postmortem examination will be scheduled.

The case remains under investigation by the Redding Police Department. 

This is a breaking news update. Previous article follows below.

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REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Police Department is now conducting a murder-suicide investigation at a home with a history of domestic violence calls.

Officers responded to a call for a welfare check to husband and wife tenants, around 2:18 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at a home in the 1600 block of Spanish Bay Drive. Officers said a family member of the couple received a voicemail from the husband saying he had just killed his wife and was now going to end his own life.

When officers arrived on scene, they attempted to make contact with the husband at the front door. However, officers said he was uncooperative and armed with a knife.

While some officers were negotiating with the husband, other officers went to the back of the house to search for the wife. Officers located her, unconscious on the living room floor. RPD said they entered the home to give her medical attention, but discovered she was already dead and had obvious signs of trauma.

The husband then noticed the officers inside the home and began advancing at them while stabbing himself with the knife, according to RPD. 

Officers used a taser to stop the husband from stabbing himself, and called an ambulance to the scene which transported him to Mercy Medical Center, where he later died due to his injuries.

Inside the home, officers found handwritten notes from the husband, where he allegedly confessed to killing his wife.

The Redding Police Department said they requested assistance from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta County District Attorney Investigators, and the Anderson Police Department.

The Redding Police Department said they have responded nine times to the same home on Spanish Bay Drive since 2018. Three of those times, the husband was arrested for domestic violence-related crimes. At the time of his death, the husband was still awaiting his next court proceedings for the domestic violence charges.

The identities of the husband and wife are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Redding Police Departments Investigations Division at 530-225-4200.

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