Thursday, June 17, 2010

Murder/Suicide Claims Lino Lakes Board Member

LINO LAKES – A city volunteer is dead following an apparent murder/suicide that took place at a couple’s home in Lino Lakes on October 1.

Investigators believe that Pamela Taschuk’s husband, Allen Taschuk, killed her first and then himself, less than a week after his wife filed for divorce in Anoka County. Both individuals were found dead of a single gunshot wound each.

Taschuk, 48, a social worker and member of the Lino Lakes Park Board, had recently told a Lino Lakes police officer that her husband fit the mold of those men who kill their wives after the women leave an abusive relationship. “I am scared that the next time he gets mad and hits me that it could be the last time,” she told police.

This past August, an altercation at the family home led Taschuk to report her husband for domestic abuse and false imprisonment, for which he was arrested and charged. He was released two days later after posting bail.