Glendale Heights police sergeant, wife died in Homer Glen murder-suicide, police say

A Glendale Heights police sergeant had shot his wife three times in the head before shooting himself in what police called a murder-suicide in Homer Glen this week.

The Will County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified Michael Huff, 47, and Jacquelyn Huff, 38, as the couple who died Sunday in the 13000 block of South Shannon Drive in Homer Glen.

Michael Huff shot his wife three times in the head before shooting himself, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office. A six-year-old and an 18-year-old were in the residence at the time but did not witness the incident, although the 18-year-old “did hear the incident and was the 911 caller,” police said.

In a statement on Monday, the Glendale Heights Police Department said Michael Huff was a police sergeant in Glendale Heights, which is located in DuPage County. His wife, Jacquelyn “Jackie” Huff, was a former employee for the village.

“This loss has left a deep void within the village of Glendale Heights. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Michael and Jackie, and we extend our sincerest condolences during this incredibly difficult time,” Glendale Heights police officials said.

The village and the department are “working closely with the Will County Sheriff’s Office on this incident,” according to the department’s statement.

Jacquelyn Huff filed for divorce Oct. 20 in Will County, court records show. Her petition said the couple married in 2015 in Geneva, Kane County, and they had one child.

Jacquelyn Huff’s petition cited “irreconcilable differences” that led to a breakdown in her marriage to Michael Huff. The case was scheduled for a case management conference on Jan. 18.

Will County sheriff’s deputies first responded to the incident about 5:46 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report of shots fired, according to the sheriff’s office. A 911 caller stated that she heard the homeowners arguing which was followed by the sound of gunshots coming from inside of the residence.

When deputies arrived, they found a man and a woman laying on the kitchen floor, police said. Both of them had been shot and showed no signs of life.

A small caliber handgun was found in proximity to the man and woman, police said.

The sheriff’s office had responded to the Huff residence three times in the past.

The first time was on May 17, 2020, when the Huffs were out of town to conduct a welfare check on the residence, police said. The Huffs received notification of a motion alarm going off.

The second was on Oct. 14 of this year, when Michael Huff contacted the sheriff’s office because he was the victim of a battery, police said. A physical altercation occurred between Michael Huff and another family member who did not reside at the residence.

The next day, the sheriff’s office was called to the residence by Jacquelyn Huff so that she could remove items from the residence, police said. No reports were written by responding deputies regarding the call.

“Detectives with the Will County Sheriff’s Office still have additional work to do regarding this investigation, and crime lab results are still pending,” police said. “Upon conclusion of the investigation, additional information will be provided.”