A former longtime BART officer and his wife are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in their North Carolina home Monday, authorities said.
Robert Seymore, 38, who retired in March of last year after nine years with the BART police force, and his wife Amber, also 38, were found fatally shot shortly after 9 a.m. in their suburban home near Raleigh, police there reported.
The couple’s 2-year-old child was in the home at the time of the shooting, police said, but was not injured. The bodies were found by the Amber Seymore’s mother, according to news reports. She had returned from dropping off the couple’s other two kids, 8 and 6 years old, at school.
Though police have not said who pulled the trigger, chilling 911 calls offer clues.
When calling police after stumbling upon the gruesome scene, the mother told a dispatcher outright that Robert Seymore was the killer, according to NBC affiliate WNCN 17 in Raleigh.
“They were getting a divorce,” she told the dispatcher.
The day after Thanksgiving, a call to 911 also came from the house. Amber Seymore reportedly told a dispatcher that she planned to confront her husband about his alleged infidelity and was worried about how he would react, according to a recording of the emergency call obtained by The San Francisco Examiner.
“My husband’s an ex-cop and my husband has a gun on him and a bad temper,” she told the dispatcher.
The last time Amber Seymore had confronted her husband about marital issues, he had reportedly shoved her and screamed at her while she was holding the kids.
“My brother, who’s a cop, told me I should probably call the police,” she told the dispatcher.
Robert Seymore joined the BART police force in April 2001 and retired March 2, 2011. His LinkedIn page says he worked as an explosive detection K9 handler for the transit agency.
Neighbors told the NBC affiliate in Raleigh that an injury might have sidelined him, and that shortly before their deaths Amber Seymore had decided to leave him.
On Tuesday, the BART Police Department was offering grief counseling for officers who knew the family.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family who are going through this tragic and unfortunate incident,” spokeswoman Officer Era Jenkins said.