Apparent murder-suicide reported in Spotsylvania

Press release from Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call this morning at 1014am that there had been shots fired in the area of Carrie Court which is in Riverheights Mobile Home Park.  Moments later another 911 call came in stating that a person had been shot at 11501 Carrie Court.

The first Deputy arrived on the scene at 1020am.  Upon his arrival, he saw a male subject standing in the doorway of the trailer holding a handgun.  The male was standing over a female's body, which could also be seen by the deputy.  The initial deputy was attempting to speak with the male subject however the male raised the gun to his head and shot himself.

The couples three small children ages, 4, 2 and 11 months were in the home however the two older children were able to run from the home prior to the shooting.

During the initial investigation it appears that both victims were married and had lived at this residence however were separated for an unknown amount of time.  The female, Jolynn Norris came to the residence this morning to retrieve belongings.  At some point she and her husband, Scott Norris got into a heated argument.  From the initial evidence it appears Scott shot Jolynn and then turned the gun on himself when deputies arrived.  Jolynn was pronounced dead at the scene.  Scott was transported to the hospital were he was pronounced dead.

The children were unharmed and have been turned over to the Department of Social Services.  The next of kin have been notified.

At the time of this press release the investigators are in the early stages of the preliminary investigation of this tragic case.  Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and understanding as the investigation into this matter moves forward.