DWIGHT – Police have confirmed the weapon a man used to kill himself in Sheridan recently is the same weapon used to kill two Dwight women in their home.
Dwight homicide victims Donna J. Denker, 60, and her daughter Kelli L. Denker, 30, were killed June 14 in their home and autopsies showed they died from gunshot wounds.
LaSalle County sheriff’s deputies were in the area south of Sheridan in June as they attempted to arrest former Morris resident Joseph R. Sipple, 27, on charges of possession of stolen property.
During the confrontation with sheriff’s deputies, Sipple shot and killed himself.
Henson confirmed Monday in the release the weapon Sipple used to take his own life was the same weapon used to kill the two Dwight women.
Last month, Dwight Police Chief Tim Henson confirmed that Sipple was a former acquaintance of Kelli Denker, one of the victims in the Dwight homicides. The investigation has since shown Sipple was involved in a residential burglary of the Denker house in Dwight in August 2013, according to a news release from Dwight police Monday.
The weapon was recovered at the scene when Sipple killed himself, according to the release. The gun was a .40 caliber Glock handgun, previously reported stolen in a residential burglary in Morris.
The case remains under investigation by Dwight and state police.