By robert Guttersohn
and Ed Runyan
The Trumbull County coroner ruled Keith Jornigan’s death a suicide Tuesday, the day after police found his body in his parents’ home after an almost four-hour standoff.
Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk said Jornigan, 40, died from a single close-contact gunshot wound using the shotgun he carried into the house at 138 Trumbull Ave. Police found Jornigan in a second-story bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest. They measured the distance from the weapon’s muzzle to the trigger and found Jornigan was capable of killing himself with the shotgun.
Germaniuk was unable to tell exactly when during the standoff Jornigan killed himself, but witnesses who lived in the neighborhood said they heard two shots come from the home not long after police arrived about 11 a.m.
The coroner expects a toxicology report in 10 weeks.
Early Monday, Jornigan’s wife, Danielle Jornigan, 35, called 911 from their home in Bristol Township telling the dispatcher her husband had attacked her with a bat and shot her with a crossbow. Within minutes, deputies arrived at the home just in time to see Keith Jornigan fleeing the scene. He led police on a high-speed chase to his family’s home in Girard.
The events that led to the suicide are under investigation by both Girard police and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Thomas Altiere said Tuesday his department is waiting to talk to Danielle Jornigan, who police said is still hospitalized but in stable condition.
As of Tuesday, authorities didn’t know what triggered the attack. According to Keith Jornigan’s Facebook page, he was an employee at V&M Star.
Investigators have been told that Keith Jornigan left work early Monday, changed vehicles and proceeded to the home in Bristol Township, but no one has indicated why Jornigan did this, Altiere said.
The couple had been living apart for about a week, the sheriff said.