Suspect in Double Homicide Case in Las Vegas Valley discovered Dead from Self-Inflicted Gunshot wound

Las Vegas, NV: The individual accused of fatally shooting two individuals within a span of five days has died by suicide in the Las Vegas Valley.

On February 20th, shortly before 5:15 p.m., Metro police were called to a residence in the 1100 block of Andorra Street near St. Rose Parkway and Bermuda Road for an unresponsive woman.

Upon the cops’ arrival, they discovered a woman named Jessica Russo who was visibly injured from what seemed to be gunshot wounds. Russo was declared deceased at the location.

Mark Michael Ford, 36, was identified as the suspect in the case by Metro police on February 25. Police requested the public’s help in locating him as he was deemed armed and dangerous.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, authorities were alerted to gunfire in the 7000 block of North Hualapai Way. Crime scene tape was scattered throughout a Dotty’s parking lot at Hualapai and Elkhorn following the shooting on Sunday morning.

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Upon arrival, authorities discovered a male with visible gunshot injuries in the parking lot. John Brortiak Jr., aged 44, was brought to a nearby hospital and ultimately declared deceased.

The metropolitan police promptly identified Ford as the culprit in the shooting. A neighbor, Jeffrey Dietsch resides with his girlfriend in an adjacent apartment complex.

“I woke up and heard a popping sound.” Dietsch stated that she believed it was a gunshot, while I suggested it was probably a firework or something. “She reported hearing two gunshots followed by a scream.”

Detectives established that the two victims were acquainted. Police subsequently found Ford and his vehicle. According to sources, Ford passed away due to self-inflicted injuries.

Ford was on parole at the time of the incident, having been convicted of second-degree murder in 2003 and sentenced to life in prison.

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