Death investigation in Selkirk ruled murder-suicide

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SELKIRK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Police said Wednesday afternoon that the death investigation in Selkirk has been ruled a murder-suicide.

Just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said they were called to do a welfare check on a husband and wife at an address on Chesterwood Drive. Once on scene, officers entered the residence and found two dead adults — one on the first floor, and one on the second floor.

Police believe Bhupinder Saran, 58, killed his wife, Sarbjit Saran, 58, then took his own life.

“We’re not going to divulge the exact manner of death of both people other to say it did not involve a firearm.” 

Officers said they have been called to the house for previous domestic incidents in the past. The last time was early September 2019. There was also a current refrain-from order of protection against Bhupinder Saran, which meant the couple could still live together, however, he was not able to commit a crime or offense against his wife.  

“In terms of a murder suicide incident, this is the first one that has occurred in the in the town of Bethlehem since the early 80s.”

Martha Lasher-Warner lost her 29-year-old daughter to murder suicide 16 years ago. After her daughter’s death. she wanted to get involved. Now, she is a crisis case manager. 

“I am presently answering the hotlines calls and dealing with a lot of victims, and it’s sad and frightening.”

Lasher-Warner knows she can be an ear to someone who is experiencing similar troubles that her daughter faced. She wants the Capital Region to know there is always someone there to help.  

“Aany domestic violence agency would be able to help that victim; they’ll be able to get them services. We provide multiple services. Victims, sometimes they don’t need shelter; most do. Reach out and ask for help!”

Thursday marks the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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