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Preliminary reports murder-suicide for Park Street couple

Updated 2:08 pm, Thursday, September 27, 2012

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  • New Canaan Police said the man involved in what appears to be a murder-suicide was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot. Officers are not saying how the woman died.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at a condo complex on Park Street near Maple Street at about 2:40 p.m. Friday, and are still on scene. Photo: Steve Krauchick / Connecticut Post contributed
    New Canaan Police said the man involved in what appears to be a murder-suicide was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot. Officers are not saying how the woman died. Police responded to a report of shots fired at a condo complex on Park Street near Maple Street at about 2:40 p.m. Friday, and are still on scene. Photo: Steve Krauchick

 

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An audio recording of James Owen calling 911 and reporting the shooting has been released by the New Canaan Police Department, which can confirm that the voice belongs to Owen and was made on Owen's cell phone.

The call features Owen calling police and saying only, "131 Park Street, shots fired," before hanging up. The call lasted less than ten seconds. An audio clip of the call is posted above.

Return calls were made by the dispatcher to Owen's cell phone, but were not answered, police said.

On Monday, the Chief State Medical Examiner's Office released a preliminary autopsy report stating the couple involved in Friday's apparent murder/suicide died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Police responded to a condominium complex at 131 Park St. at about 2:40 p.m. when they received a report of shots fired. They found Bille D. Falgout-Owen, 52, and her husband, James Owen, 48, dead at the scene.

The autopsy deemed Falgout-Owen's death a homicide and Owen's death a suicide.

Owen was employed as a director at Bank Street Group LLC from 2005 until his death, according to an email from Richard Lukaj, senior managing director of the firm.

Bank Street Group, a financial advisory company in Stamford, issued the following statement: "We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragedy. We extend our most sincere sympathies and we ask that everyone please respect the privacy requested by the affected people during this most difficult time."

Police issued a statement from the family of Falgout-Owen on Sept. 24.

"During this tragic time, the family of Billie Falgout-Owen thanks you and the community for your outpouring of concern and passion, however we have no comment on the subject nor do we care to release any information. We ask that you please respect our privacy. We are mourning a great loss. Thank you."

The statement was written by Falgout-Owen's sister on behalf of the family, police said.

A neighbor at the condo complex said many residents at the rent apartments while looking to purchase a house or waiting for a house to be built.

She said she did not know the couple.

When officers arrived at the scene, resident Bianca Romano was nearby on Pine Street.

"It was so quiet," Romano said. "I was in the post office the whole time. I saw the ambulance, but (heard) no sirens. That was about 3:15. It was so quiet we even said, `Is something happening?' As quiet as can be."

New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said a full autopsy report could take somewhere in the vicinity of four to eight weeks, depending on the tests needed.

According to documents from BusinessInsider.com, Owen has worked for Banc of America Securities, Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, before most recently working at Bank Street Group LLC. BusinessInsider also published a career biography it found on Spoke.com, which says that he focused on the wireless telecom industry.

Spoke.com also said that Owen "holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and an MBA in finance and corporate accounting from the University of Rochester."

twoods@bcnnew.com; 203-972-4413; @Woods_NCNews