By Jim Hagerty
SOUTH BELOIT — The victims in a murder-suicide in South Beloit Sunday have been identified as 64-year-old Robert “Bob” Stone and his son, Vito Stone, 38.
Bob Stone served as a South Beloit commissioner from 2003 to 2011.
Police say officers responded to a domestic violence call at around 12:15 a.m., Sunday. A woman reported that her husband had fired a gun and that her father-in-law, along with two children, were also on the property. When officers arrived, they made contact with Vito Stone, who was armed with a handgun, in the front yard but Stone retreated into the house.
Stone then exited the house with the gun pointed to his head and walked into a wooded area and fired two shots. He then re-emerged and shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Officers later found the body of Bob Stone inside a tent in the woods behind the house. He had been shot in the chest. The children were found in another tent. They were uninjured.
South Beloit was assisted by the Rockton, Roscoe and Winnebago police departments. R.