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Md. Officer Kills Son as Son Stabs Mother to Death

January 30, 2014  | 

Two people are dead in a tragic family incident in Gaithersburg, Md., where Montgomery County police say an off-duty officer shot and killed his son while trying to defend his wife from the son’s stabbing attack.

Capt. Jim Daly told the Gaithersburg Gazette that 58-year-old officer James Stirkens — a 27-year veteran of the police force — discovered his 25-year-old son, Christopher Stirkens, attacking his mother and James’s wife, Denise Stirkens, in an upstairs bedroom.

“He observed his son attacking his wife with a sharp instrument,” Daly said.

To defend his wife, Stirkens shot his son, killing him, Daly said.

Fire and rescue personnel took 53-year-old Denise Stirkens, to a local hospital, where she died.

Tags: Domestic Violence, Montgomery County (Md.) PD


Comments (8)

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robert cedre @ 1/30/2014 3:21 PM

My Prayers are with you Brother ...

Tschako @ 1/30/2014 6:43 PM

I can't think of a worse scenario. Our thoughts are with you at this terrible time.

gp cobb @ 1/30/2014 8:00 PM

My heart is heavy..........

Lt. Sal @ 1/31/2014 4:49 AM

There is no getting over this one. Can anyone of us even think of being in a predicament such as this? My thoughts and prayers go out to him.

Steve @ 1/31/2014 6:36 AM

This incident is as sad as it gets...a police officer's nightmare!
Prayers go out for this officer and his remaining family. Hopefully there IS other family to help him through this!! I know his police family will be there!

Crystal @ 1/31/2014 7:39 AM

My heart goes out to you, my Brother. Praying for peace and strength for you and your family in this time of sorrow.

TERRY ZECH @ 1/31/2014 9:27 AM

My prayers are with you and your wife as you deal with this horrific incident. thank goodness I had to deal with a suicide of a fellow naval petty officer when I was in the navy where his wife told him she was divorcing him and marrying his best friend. My friend hung himself in his apartment and I had to retrieve his dog from under his body who was not very cooperative with the other master-at-arms who were on scene. Take care brother.

LLC @ 1/31/2014 10:47 AM

I had a somewhat similar tragic incident happen to me as a LEO. I prayed a lot ... I had to come to terms of what happened. The few true friends I had were like gold. I went on to finish my career. My prayers and thoughts are with this officer and his family.

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