Murder-suicide: Man stabbed himself in front of police

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. -- Police are trying to determine what led to a murder-suicide in Mesa. The suicide happened in front of officers.

A phone call from a convenience store sent officers to the Windemere apartment complex in the neighborhood just southeast of U.S. 60 (Superstition Freeway) and Gilbert Road.

The call came in at about 6:30 p.m. Monday. The person reported a disturbance and requested a welfare check at the complex.

Officers arrived to find a man acting suspiciously in the courtyard. They said he started stabbing himself when they tried to confront him.

He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. He is 33-year-old Patrick J. Crossman.

Shortly after that, officers found a murdered woman in one of the apartments. She is 40-year-old Michelle R. Bakley.

According to Mesa police Detective Steve Berry, the caller who requested the welfare check said there might have been a dead person inside the unit.

Police believe that the murdered woman and the man who stabbed himself to death are connected, but they have not released any details about that relationship.

At this point, investigators have not determined the motive behind the woman's murder.

"Obviously there are a lot of moving parts still left in this story," Berry said.