Crime

Husband and wife shot and killed in southeast Fresno

Fresno police department investigating a double homicide of a man and wife in a home in southeast Fresno on Sunday,  Sept. 9, 2018.
Fresno police department investigating a double homicide of a man and wife in a home in southeast Fresno on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. lvalenzuela@fresnobee.com

A husband and wife were shot and killed Sunday morning in southeast Fresno.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said home video footage confirmed Darashan Singh Dhanjan, 65, killed his son’s in-laws. Dhanjan was arrested on suspicion of murder, the police chief said.

The victims were identified as Ravinder Pal Singh and the wife, Rajbir Kaur. Both victims were 59 years old.

Officers responded to two 911 calls just before 11:30 a.m. at 5368 E. Tower Ave. where they found Singh and Kaur in the living room. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Fresno police, the couple lived at the home with their in-laws and other family members. They were watching television in the living room when they were shot. The television remote control was still in Singh’s hand when officers found him a short time later.

Dyer said events unfolded when the victims’ daughter heard loud noises and went downstairs to the living room with her young daughter.

The police chief said she saw her father-in-law standing near her father holding a gun. Dhanjan then pointed the gun at her and said: “I’m gonna kill you, too.”

Dyer said she ran upstairs and barricaded herself and her daughter inside a room.

Dhanjan then called his wife, told her what he had done, hid the gun inside his room and left the location.

Nearby, officers located a car matching the description given by the victim’s daughter, and Dhanjan was arrested at Central and Temperance Avenues and booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of two counts of murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Dhanjan is cooperative, Dyer said, but events leading up to the double homicide remain unclear.

Jessica Johnson: 559-441-6051, @iamjesslj
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