Police Investigate North Haven Shooting Death

Margaret Jean Burke, 83, a resident of 36 Payne Avenue in North Haven, was found dead at her home on Monday afternoon from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.


Southampton Town police are investigating the death of Margaret Jean Burke, 83, who died of a gunshot wound at her home at 36 Payne Avenue in North Haven.  Police received a 911 call from a family member at 12:50 p.m. on Monday, April 4, requesting help after finding Ms. Burke on the floor of the bathroom. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene and preliminary investigation indicates no criminality and that the death is believed to be a suicide, said Det. Sgt. Lisa Costa.

A neighbor said four or five police cars were at the home most of the afternoon and a number of detectives were at the scene.

In 2008, Ms. Burke’s 100-year-old mother, Jesse Burke, was shot and killed as she sat in a chair in the home. Her daughter was never charged in that shooting and steadfastly maintained her innocence.