Berlin Couple Dead After Suspected Murder-Suicide

Photo by Steve Green
Photo by Steve Green

BERLIN — Local authorities remain on the scene this afternoon investigating a suspected “murder-suicide” on Williams Street in Berlin.

The Berlin Police Department received an initial call this morning at 8 for a shooting. The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) responded to the scene at 603 Williams Street as well as the Md. State Police Homicide Unit.

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ed Schreier confirmed at noon today that authorities believe the male resident of the house, Lester Wright, 89, shot his wife, Ada, 90, and then tried to kill himself. Lester Wright was found alive on the scene, but died later at the hospital.

“They are investigating this as a suspected murder-suicide. A female was shot twice. The male had what appeared to be three self-inflicted gun wounds. He was transported to PRMC and died at PRMC. She was found deceased in the residence,” Schreier said. “It’s still currently being investigated.”

Schreier said part of the probe is determining a possible motive for the incident involving the long-time Berlin residents.

“At this point in time, we do not have any of that information,” Schreier said.  “We can’t speculate as to the reason why at this point.”

Lester Wright, 89, and Ada “Midge” Wright, 90, purchased their Berlin home in 1965, according to land records. Lester Wright was a former town business owner.