911 call released in Chickasaw murder-suicide; victims identified
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- MetroSafe released the 911 call police say a woman made in the midst of a murder-suicide, the final show of concern for a baby she was about to make an orphan.
911 operator: What is your emergency?
Caller: Need to get an ambulance at 911 S. 42nd St. I got my 9-month-old son here, please.
911 operator: Okay. I've got 911 S 42nd St. Hello?
Those may have been the last words ever spoken by 36-year-old Jacinta Malone, who police say shot her child's father, 37-year-old Deandre Starling, to death before using the same gun to kill herself.
WDRB has uncovered Starling's long criminal history, dating back to 2002. All were non-violent crimes -- mainly marijuana and cocaine possession.
Police also say Tuesday wasn't the first time officers have been to that home in Louisville's Chickasaw neighborhood.
"There have been multiple runs to that location on a variety of things," said Louisville Metro Police Homicide Unit Commander Todd Kessinger.
A short time after the 911 call, police responded to the 900 block of South 42nd Street near Garland Ave. around 5 p.m. Tuesday after a report that two people had been found dead inside a house.
Police say evidence suggests the situation was a murder-suicide, saying that Malone shot Starling and turned the gun on herself.
Malone and Starling were found dead in the home's living room. The coroner's office says Starling died from multiple gunshot wounds, while Malone died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
The baby boy was in his crib, unharmed.
"We believe the female made that phone call herself in an effort to notify police so they could arrive and find the 11-month old baby," Kessinger said.
For now, the child is with protective services, until arrangements are made to give him to a family members.
Relatives say Malone and Starling had been dating for about a year.
A crowd of relatives and friends gathered near the house while police were investigating on Tuesday.
Vincent Starling described his nephew Deandre as a caring man who had just become a father.
"(He) is a good person, and I don't see why there's any reason that someone would want to do something like this. He wasn't on the streets," Vincent Starling said.
According to police, the 11-month-old baby was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but investigators do not believe he was harmed. Vincent Starling and other relatives at the scene told WDRB News he was doing fine.
Police say an exact motive is unclear.
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