Springfield murder-suicide: Man shot wife, stepdaughter, then himself, chief says


The triple homicide that stemmed from the Tuesday night shooting on Quinlan Court has been ruled a murder-suicide, Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said Wednesday:

  • Eric Sirons shot his wife, Jennifer, and stepdaughter Andrea Heiser before shooting himself 
  • A handgun used in the killings was found in the home 
  • The couple was going through a divorce 

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.: The deceased are Eric Sirons, Jennifer Sirons and Andrea Heiser.

Eric Sirons was pronounced dead at the home in the 1300 block of Quinlan Court. Heiser was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Jennifer Sirons was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she died Tuesday night, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said.  

Police were dispatched just before 10 p.m. on a report of a shooting at the address. A Springfield police sergeant said there were “multiple” victims.

Chief Graf, at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, said the investigation is continuing.

WHO ARE THE VICTIMS?

Jennifer Sirons, 49, was chief financial officer for the Clark County Juvenile Court since 2011.

Judge Robert Vaughn and the county commissioners released statements Wednesday expressing condolences.

“Jen was not only a very gifted and devoted employee here at the court, she was also a very sweet friend to many of us,” Judge Vaughn said.

“We are all heartbroken, and we grieve deeply for her family. We ask that the public join us in praying for her daughters and extended family for the terrible loss and pain they are experiencing.”

>>RELATED: 3 teens were hiding as the shooting occurred

The commissioners, in their statement, said: “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a talented county employee. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends, including the many people she worked with at the Clark County Juvenile Court.”

>> RELATED: Couple was going through divorce

Andrea Heiser, 21, was an undergraduate student at Wright State University majoring in statistics. 

“Wright State University community members are mourning the loss of student and friend Andrea Heiser,” the university said in a statement. “Counseling and Wellness Services are being made available to any and all from our community that are impacted by this tragedy.”

Eric Sirons, 56, was employed by the Springfield News-Sun for several years.

He left in 2012 to work for the Chamber of Greater Springfield, where he was employed at the time of his death. The organization sent the following note to members on Wednesday: 



The mother of Eric Sirons said he was a giving person who was active in the community. She declined to comment further.   

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