A 42-year-old Simi Valley man shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself this weekend, police said Tuesday.
The couple’s four children were home at the time of the shooting, but were unharmed, police said.
Investigators said Jason Hampton killed his wife, 30-year-old April Evert-Hampton, in their home at 2440 E. Woodrow Ave. Saturday afternoon before shooting himself with a handgun.
Evert-Hampton was declared dead at the scene shortly after police arrived at just before 2 p.m. Jason Hampton was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, and later died from his injuries.
April Everts-Hampton, 30, and Jason Hampton, 42, were found in a home in a cul-de-sac in the 2400 block of Woodrow Avenue at about 1:40 p.m. Saturday.
During the investigation, it was determined that four children were living at the residence. Livingstone said detectives at the scene believe the children were not in the home when the shootings occurred.
On December 28 at 1:38 PM, Simi Valley Police Department Officers responded to an “unknown trouble” call at 2440 E. Woodrow Ave. Upon arriving, officers discovered a male and female adult inside the residence with gunshot wounds. The female was deceased and the male was gravely wounded with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The male was transported to an area hospital where he subsequently died as a result of his wounds. A handgun was recovered at the scene. There were four children residing at the location that were unharmed and are presently under the supervision of a case worker from Ventura County Child Protective Services pending the identification and notification of family members. The Police Department would like to commend and thank those area residents who willingly provided shelter and assistance to the four children while waiting for the arrival of Child Protective Services.
Update 12/31/13, 1445: The two decedents, Jason Hampton, 42 years and April Everts-Hampton, 30 years were married. During the subsequent investigation, a determination was made that Jason was responsible for April’s death and then killed himself. Detectives have still not established a motive for this tragic crime.