Wednesday evening, a Hinsdale man, identified as Chad L. Dockery, 49, called 911 to report that he had murdered his former wife, Amanda R. Dockery, 48, at their residence on Pebble Beach Court, according to a news release by Geneva police.
Responding to the distress call made by Chad Dockery at 5:22 p.m., officers arrived at the scene to find him inside a vehicle parked at the end of the driveway. As an officer approached, a gunshot was fired. Chad was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a 9 mm pistol was recovered from the scene.
Upon entering the residence, police discovered Amanda Dockery with two apparent gunshot wounds. Both victims were immediately transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva by Geneva and Batavia paramedics. Unfortunately, Amanda was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m., followed by Chad at 7:30 p.m.
The domestic murder-suicide took place with no other individuals present in the home, and there were no additional injuries reported.
Randy Craig, a neighbor of Amanda Dockery, expressed his grief, stating, “It’s a tragedy. She was a sweet lady. She was always wonderful to my children.”
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, led by Geneva police and the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force. Autopsies at the Kane County Coroner’s Office are pending to further determine the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
Collaboratively, Geneva police, the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force, and the Kane County Coroner’s Office are working to gather additional facts and information related to the shooting. Support was provided by Tri-Com Central Dispatch, St. Charles police and fire, Batavia police and fire, and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. Geneva Emergency Management and Kane County Emergency Management also assisted in managing traffic flow during the investigation.