NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Niagara Falls Police are investigating what they call a murder-suicide that happened on 29th Street Monday night.
Captain William Thomson says during a domestic incident, 37-year-old Peter Gene Daniels strangled 31-year-old Elizabeth R. Wilson before cutting her throat. It was determined by authorities that Wilson died of strangulation before Daniels cut her throat.
Police say Daniels then apparently went across the street to his mother's house and spoke to her, before returning to his home and shooting himself with a pistol-grip shotgun.
"When she saw him at the house for just a few moments, he had blood on him. She said and then he went back to Elizabeth's house and that's when she heard a gunshot," said Capt. Thomson.
Daniels had been living with his parents and Wilson was in the process of selling her home. Police say his mother heard the shotgun blast and called Daniels' brother, telling him to go to the home.
Though authorities say they have no reports of past domestic incidents at the home, neighbors say they frequently heard arguing.
"They had some domestic issues that she was either fearful or afraid of him for some reason or another," said Lt. Michael Trane.
Police are looking into whether "roid rage" is a factor in the incident. Daniels was a competitive bodybuilder and according to an October article in the Niagara Gazette, he has won several awards. His trainer is quoted as calling Daniels "genetically, the most gifted athlete" he's ever trained. His trainer says on stage, Daniels looks to weight 200 pounds, but in reality only weighs 150 pounds.
Daniels was also in the Army Reserve. Police say no evidence of drug use has been found at the scene so far. He has three prior arrests, but the last one was ten years ago and none of the arrests were for violent crimes.
The shooting shook up the 29th Street neighborhood , that neighbors describe as being quiet. Police believe this case had prior domestic issues that went unreported.
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