When officers arrived at the Cofflands’ condo at 450 S. First St., they found the girls, Tiffany and Brittany Coffland, and their 48-year-old father dead, all three from single gunshot wounds to the head, police said. Anjum Coffland, 46, was listed in stable condition Sunday at Delnor Community Hospital, they said.
Tiffany Coffland, left, and Brittany Coffland, students at St. Charles East High School, were fatally shot March 10, 2017. The 16-year-old twins previously attended Oswego High School.
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Randall Coffland called 911 Friday evening to say he had just shot and killed his twin 16-year-old daughters, and also shot his estranged wife, St. Charles police said Sunday. On the 911 call recording released by police following a news conference Sunday, Randall Coffland can be heard saying, apparently to his estranged wife, “I want you to live and suffer like I did.” Moments later, Anjum Coffland called 911. She can be heard screaming, “My girls are dead,” and calling out her girls’ names. She told dispatchers her estranged husband had shot her and their daughters. She was shot once and suffered gunshot wounds to both her legs, police said.
Police said Randall Coffland shot his estranged wife and daughters before turning the gun on himself.
“This is a tragic and horrific event,” Deputy Chief David Kintz said at the news conference.
Police called the incident a domestic situation. St. Charles police have been working with the Kane County state’s attorney and the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force in the investigation.
Randall, Tiffany and Brittany Coffland had been living together in the First Street apartment, while Anjum Coffland had been living in another St. Charles apartment, according to authorities. Police could not say Sunday how long the two had been living separately, or what caused the split.
Police had been called to Anjum Coffland’s apartment in the 100 block of South Fifth Avenue in February for a domestic incident involving her estranged husband, but no physical battery was reported in that incident. There was no indication of violence in the past, Kintz said.
When police arrived Friday evening, he said, “We have no indication of a struggle other than the violence of the crime; nothing strewn about.”
The girls, students at St. Charles East High School who previously attended Oswego High School, would have turned 17 on Tuesday, Kintz said. The 911 calls came in just shy of three hours after the girls left school at St. Charles East for the weekend.