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From the Toronto Sun: Murder-suicide horror

Posted by cgccanada on September 14, 2009

Man kills wife, then self after firing on cops

By ROB LAMBERTI, SUN MEDIA

Sept 13, 2009

ORANGEVILLE — A mom of two teens apparently wanted to cut ties with her estranged husband and move on with her life.

But her plans ended when he instead went to her rented home and shot her. As she fought for her life in hospital, the man faced off against police before turning a gun on himself, cops say.

The 39-year-old woman, identified by friends and neighbours as Heidi Ferguson, ran to her neighbour’s home on Westdale Ave. to get help after being shot late Friday.

Her ex-husband, identified by neighbours as Hugh, 42, then fled to his home in Mono Twp. north of the town where he barricaded himself in the house for several hours before killing himself.

While she was airlifted to Sunnybrook hospital, where she later died, Hugh hunkered down against an OPP tactical team.

The hunter, who had about 10 firearms in the home, shot out the tires of an OPP van, neighbours said. The standoff ended just before 6 a.m. when police confirmed Hugh was dead.

Friends and neighbours said the couple had been separated since about last fall, but maintained an amicable relationship.. more

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