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Salem police probe apparent murder-suicide

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Salem police probe apparent murder-suicide

SALEM — The apparent murder of a 37-year-old Canfield woman in the Walmart parking lot today followed by the suicide of her estranged boyfriend happened so fast that witnesses in the victim’s car didn’t exit the vehicle before the shootings ended, police said.

“It happened very fast,” said police Detective Brad Davis of the murder-suicide. “It’s very tragic. It’s tough for the families involved; very rough.”

Charles Kropinak, 36, of Campbell, the estranged boyfriend of Sylvia Maillis of Canfield, who worked at the Salem Walmart for about eight years, was waiting for her in an employee parking lot about 2:40 a.m. today, Davis said.

They both got out of their cars, got into a verbal confrontation and Kropinak pulled out a 9mm semi-automatic handugn and fired several shots at Maillis before turning the gun on himself, likely shooting himself once, Davis said.

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