Double Suicide in Binghamton

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 7, 2008 at 7:10 PM EDT

Binghamton Police say the two people found dead last night in the city killed themselves.

Peter VanZandt and his wife Virginia were found dead in their Conklin Avenue home around 5 o'clock Sunday night.

Here's Action News Reporter Jessica Light.

Binghamton Police are wrapping up their investigation after finding two people dead here at 394 Conklin Avenue.

Captain Alex Minor says police found 63 year old Peter VanZandt and his 61 year old wife, Virginia, in an upstairs bedroom.

Autopsies show Peter shot himself in the head about a half an hour after his wife shot herself in the chest.

"I think it's a very tragic situation. You know whether or not it could have been prevented you know hindsight is always 20/20 but it is a very tragic situation its too bad that things like this happen." says Capt. Minor.

Police found Peter's 357 caliber handgun in the home.

Minor says a family member made an emergency phone call to police.

Neighbors also reported hearing gunshots.

What led to the double suicide will remain between police and family.

"I'm not going to get into any of the details you know we all have our demons we all have our problems, I'm not going to get into what we feel led up to this." says Minor.

Neighbors are shocked.

Kate Garger lives down the road from the VanZandts.

She was a childhood friend of one of the VanZandt's 3 children.

" Its unbelievable I mean you can't really imagine something like that happening just a few doors down. They seemed very quiet never really saw them out much, not a lot of coming and going or you know out doing the lawn or anything. So they must have been a couple that kept to themselves." says Garger.

Captain Minor also says he was friends with Peter.

Minor says when he saw VanZandt within the last couple of weeks, he was in good spirits.

In Binghamton, Jessica Light, WBNG-TV Action News.

Peter VanZandt was a private attorney in Binghamton.

Virginia was the Deputy County Clerk.

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