Police: Master sgt. committed murder-suicide

An Air Force master sergeant killed his wife, fired a shot at his teenage stepdaughter, and then turned his .45-caliber handgun on himself and pulled the trigger, according to Alabama police.

Master Sgt. Ronald Zaremba Jr. and his wife, Jenni Zaremba, were found dead by police in their master bedroom early on Jan. 3 at their Enterprise, Ala., home. They were both 37 years old.

Evidence indicated that Zaremba shot his wife twice and fired one shot into his 14-year-old stepdaughter’s bedroom before shooting himself, police said. The girl was not injured.

Police said the couple had been out with friends the evening of Jan. 2 and began arguing when they got home.

Zaremba had been assigned to the 23rd Flying Training Squadron at Fort Rucker, said Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., spokesman John Cochran. Zaremba’s squadron was part of the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland. Zaremba was an aircraft maintenance technician who was deployed to Iraq from October 2006 to May 2007, Cochran said. He had been on active duty in the Air Force since Nov. 12, 1991.

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