SOUTHINGTON - A Naugatuck man who police say killed a woman in a Southington backyard on Sunday has died.
Police say Robert DeSantis shot and killed his one-time girlfriend, Michelle Barrett, before turning the gun on himself in a vehicle outside the Naugatuck Police Department. The autopsy results for DeSantis have not been released, but according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, they may be available later this afternoon.
The investigation into Barrett’s death began early Sunday after 40-year-old DeSantis, a Naugatuck resident, called a relative and said he had had killed Barrett, 41. The relative, thinking the incident had occurred in Naugatuck, called police there, who then traced Barrett to her grandmother’s home address in Southington, at 58 Manor Road.
Southington police were called at 6 a.m. Sunday to check on Barrett. At the grandmother’s home, officers found that Barrett was dead in the backyard after being shot once with a .38 caliber revolver. Police believe she may have been shot around 1 a.m., as some neighbors reported hearing a noise at that time. Barrett’s grandmother was inside asleep during the killing. She was not hurt.
Sometime before Barrett’s body was discovered, DeSantis drove himself to the Naugatuck Police Department and shot himself in the head while he was parked in the lot, police said. Southington police have speculated that he may have gone there because Naugatuck police were trying to get in contact with him after receiving a call from his relative, who has not been identified.
A motive for the killing remains unclear.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.