Police investigate apparent murder-suicide in Monroe County

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Above: Kelly Emerick (left) and Randy Roudebush (right)

MONROE COUNTY – Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide following the deaths of a man and a woman inside a Monroe County home.

According to Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer, 48-year-old Kelly Emerick and 42-year-old William “Randy” Roudebush were found dead after a double shooting around 6 a.m. at a home on Reba Court southwest of Bloomington. Meyer said it appeared Roudebush shot Emerick and then shot himself.

Meyer said Emerick was a paramedic supervisor at IU Health Bloomington Ambulance Service. Roudebush was a captain for the Perry Clear Creek Fire Department and a firefighter in Ellettsville. He also supervised paramedics at the hospital.

Monroe County Sheriff’s investigators say they responded to the home after receiving a 911 call early Monday morning.  They would not say where the original call came from, or who placed it.  After entering the home, they found Emerick and Roudebush upstairs in the master bedroom.  Emerick was pronounced dead with apparent gunshot wounds.  Roudebush was still alive when medics first arrived, but he died shortly after that.

Unofficial sources told Fox59 Roudebush and Emerick had been in a romantic relationship which had recently unraveled.

Within minutes of the incident, word was spreading quickly among Monroe County first responders.  Many were changing their Facebook profile pictures to an IU Health logo with a black band across it.

“It does make it more difficult on our personnel,” said Monroe County Chief Deputy Michael Pershing. “In law enforcement, we train our personnel that we have to become separated from the personal side.”

Chief Joey McWhorter of the Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department said members of his crew were having a difficult time with the news.

“They touched the lives of a lot of people, both of them.” McWhorter said. “Kelly through the ambulance service, Randy through the fire service, through the Monroe County Dive Team.  There are a lot of hearts saddened with what went on this morning.”

Autopsies were scheduled for Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. Meyer said there are no indications that anyone else was involved in the incident.

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