Police investigating attempted murder, suicide

WESTFIELD – Local authorities are investigating an attempted murder, suicide of a Lancaster couple, that occurred early this morning in Barcelona Harbor.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 2:30 a.m. reporting a female victim with a head wound showing up at a Route 5 residence in Westfield. Officers from the Sheriff”s office and Westfield Police Department responded to an apartment duplex and found a female victim, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to her head. The female victim had gone to a neighbor’s residence at which time the neighbor called the Sheriff’s Office.

Officers believe that a male subject, Sam H. Reynolds, 38, of Lancaster, was involved in the incident and was still in the area.

While searching in the area of the Barcelona Beach and Marina, officers heard a gunshot from the area of the breakwall and shore of Lake Erie. Reynolds was located on the beach in Barcelona, deceased, with a single gun shot to his head, in an apparent suicide.

The female, Nicole Sheehan, 29, of Lancaster was transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pa., where she is still receiving treatment for her injuries.

At this time, she is listed in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Reynolds and Sheehan, were a couple and had traveled to the Barcelona area to celebrate Sheehan’s birthday which was on June 17th. The investigation is continuing.