New Canaan Police Release Names In Murder-Suicide

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New Canaan Police said James Owen, 48, shot and killed Billie D. Faigout-Owen, 52, at this condominium building on Park Street on Friday. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

Updated 3:26 p.m. Saturday

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — New Canaan Police released the names Saturday of the man and woman who died in Friday’s apparent murder-suicide at 131 Park St. in New Canaan.

James Owen, 48, shot Billie D. Faigout-Owen, 52, Friday afternoon before shooting himself, police said in a statement issued to reporters. Both bodies were taken to the state's chief medical examiner’s office for autopsy, police said. No other information was released by police.

The couple is believed to be married.

Officers responded to the residence at about 2:40 p.m. Friday after receiving a report of a gunshot being fired.

Police said Friday that the two deceased people were the only residents of the condo, which is one of four units in the building. Both bodies were taken out on stretchers at about 7 p.m. Friday and put into in a black van from the state medical examiner's office in Farmington.

According to the medical examiner's office, one of the autopsies will be performed Sunday and the other Monday, though it is unclear which of the deceased will be examined first.

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James D Owen was a wall street banker. I just reported he was recently out of a job at the Bank Street Group. It's unclear if he was fired or if he quit


Melvin, thank you for your reporting of this tragic incident and thank you for a photo without the "For Sale" sign in it.

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