Police: Mom died protecting daughter in North Ridgeville murder-suicide

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio- New details are being released in Saturday's murder-suicide in North Ridgeville.

The North Ridgeville Police Department told FOX 8 News Donna Roode may have protected her 26-year-old daughter, who has autism and suffers from physical disabilities, right before Roode was killed.

Police said Saturday morning Timothy Hoff, 65, shot and killed Roode, 62, in their Laurel Circle home before killing himself.

Police had been actively searching for Hoff. He was facing gross sexual imposition charges earlier this month. He then had an intimidation charge added after he threatened to burn down the house.

Police said he went on the run. They were able to find his car in Rocky River, but they were not able to get to him before Saturday's murder-suicide.

Roode's adult daughter was the one who made the 911 call Saturday morning to tell police her mother had been shot.

She was in the home at the time of the shooting, but police said they believe Donna hid her daughter and told Hoff she was out of the house so he wouldn't hurt her.

The daughter is safe with family members. The investigation continues.