Peachem Shooting Leaves Two Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide
According to the Vermont State Police, police received a report of shots fired at around 7 am on Wednesday. A 60-year-old woman, Jeannie Peabody, had made the call after her husband, 50-year-old Mark Peabody, went outside their home to confront a man who had parked his vehicle on their lawn. After hearing three shots, Jeannie reportedly fled into her basement, where she heard someone enter her home. She escaped to a neighbor’s house, where she placed the 911 call.
Police and a Tactical Support Unit arrived at the scene to find Mark dead near the vehicle. A second dead male, presumably the driver of the vehicle, was found dead inside the house. A Vermont State Police Bomb Squad was also called in to deal with a suspicious package found in the vehicle.
Police believe that the driver of the vehicle was Jeannie’s ex-husband, 59-year-old John Jackson of New Hampshire. The two had had ongoing legal disagreements over child support payments. The identity of the man will be confirmed following an autopsy.
Vermont police are currently investigating the incident, conducting interviews and collecting evidence.