New Details In Murder-Suicide Reveal Mother Protected Her Daughter From Attacker

| by Alexander Rubinstein

New details are coming out in the case of a murder-suicide in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Police said 65-year-old Timothy Hoff shot and killed 62-year-old Donna Roode inside their home before he killed himself.

Police had been searching for Hoff actively for the past weeks over charges for gross sexual imposition from earlier in the month, according to court records.

Roode threw him out of the house and sought a protection order when he was accused of sexually abusing a woman, reported Cleveland.

A charge for intimidation was added after Hoff threatened to burn down the home via an email.

“She (Roode) did everything she was supposed to do,” Lt. Greg Patek of the North Ridgeville Police Department said.

Officers found Hoff's vehicle in Rocky River, but they were unable to find him before he committed the apparent murder-suicide.

Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said Roode was shot multiple times with a revolver.

Police are still trying to figure out where Hoff got the weapons from.

Officers have concluded that Roode’s 26-year-old daughter, who is not Hoff’s child, was the one who made the phone call to 911. Roode’s daughter has autism and is physically disabled, reported Fox 8.

“I think my mom died!” the distraught daughter told the 911 dispatcher.

The daughter was in the home at the time of the shooting, but police said they believe Roode hid her daughter from Hoff, telling him that she had gone to camp.

The daughter is now safe with family members.

Neighbor Beverly Martin said Roode had lived in the home for 20 years. She said Hoff was a house painter and moved in a few years ago, but had moved out a few weeks ago. Police were on hand at the time of his moving out, Martin said.

“There was no indication that he (Hoff) had been violent in the past, and people that know him and know his history didn’t think that he would be capable of doing something like this,” Patek said.

On Hoff’s Facebook page, in which he could be seen holding a semi-automatic rifle, some people defended him though most posts condemned him and grieved for Roode, reports The Chronicle-Telegram.

Sources: Fox 8, Cleveland, The Chronicle-Telegram / Photo credit: Screenshot via Fox 8