*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm and murder.*
Two teen siblings were shot dead in their own home Tuesday night by their mother’s boyfriend, 42-year-old Paul Ferguson, in Watertown, Connecticut.
15-year-old Della Jette and her 16-year-old brother, Sterling Jette Jr. were killed Tuesday evening after Ferguson and Della argued about his habit of smoking inside their home. The argument began because Della was having a fairly loud conversation with her mother upstairs in their home about Ferguson’s habit of smoking cigarettes in the house.
Ferguson had only moved in with the family two weeks prior, so such frustrations are understandable. His reaction, however, was not.
When Ferguson heard the conversation and went upstairs to intervene, police say that the situation resulted in a “dust-up” between Ferguson and Della. Ferguson then went to the master bedroom and retrieved a Glock handgun from a safe there.
When Sterling tried to intercede as he returned to where Della was with the gun, Ferguson shot him in the leg, then proceeded to shoot Della.
When the teens’ mother, Danielle Jette, ran downstairs to call 911, she heard a second gunshot. Police believe that Ferguson shot Della outside on the deck and then went back inside and shot Sterling again in the chest.
He then went back to the master bedroom and fatally shot himself.
Ferguson was a convicted felon, so he could not have legally owned or possessed the firearm that he used to kill himself and the teens.
Both teens were transported to Waterbury Hospital as soon as emergency services arrived at their home, but both were pronounced dead soon after their arrival at the hospital. Ferguson was pronounced dead at the scene.