AVR host of Wake Up Well, Doc Mike always talks about these medical “professionals” killing themselves. Well here is one in Oregon who decided to take his wife out with him while her mother tries to save her from being shot.
Post-doctoral researcher Jeffrey Njus shot himself after killing his wife. He was employed with OHSU since July 2005. He worked at the Advanced Imaging Research Center and studied various ways to use MRI technology.
His most recent research focused on how MRI technology can be used to identify and characterize brain tumors and early signs of multiple sclerosis.
Njus has been on paid administrative leave due to psychological problems since June 16.
Mom tries, can’t save daughter in Tigard shooting
TIGARD — Police and friends of a woman who was killed by her husband before he fatally shot himself say the man was suffering from mental illness.
Jeffrey M. Njus, 34, fired two shots at his wife, Ilona Njus, 31, and struck her in the chest, before he shot himself, police said. They both died at the scene Tuesday night.
The couple were currently separated, and Ilona Njus was living at Arbor Heights Apartments in Tigard with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, according to police and friends. Police say there was no history of domestic violence between them.
“A lot of times we get called on domestics and we know who the players are,” said Tigard police Lt. Erick Boothby. “This wasn’t the case. It’s a very sad, sad situation.”
Officers responded to the apartment complex at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of a disturbance with shots fired.
Ilona Njus’ mother, Kazimiera Mielcarek, 59, who was visiting her daughter from Poland, had left the living room to let the couple talk, Boothby said. A short time later, she heard the couple arguing and returned to the living room, and saw that Jeffrey Njus had a gun…
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