Officer, firefighter in likely murder-suicide

Published August 6, 2006

PLANTATION - Authorities identified Saturday a police officer and a firefighter who died in an apparent murder-suicide.

Laura Grunas, 30, fatally shot Robert Peat, 31, and then herself at his home, Detective Phil Toman said.

It is unclear what prompted the shootings Friday night. Authorities have said police ordered Grunas to leave the home earlier in the afternoon after a loud argument that prompted neighbors to call 911.

The unmarried couple had been involved in a relationship for about a year, Toman said. Friends said Grunas was Peat's girlfriend.

Police reserve Officer Mike Roth received minor injuries at the scene, Toman said. Roth's role in the shooting was not immediately known.

Many of the couple's shocked colleagues met with chaplains and grief counselors Saturday. Peat, a Palm Beach County firefighter, also volunteered with the city of Plantation's Fire Department and had just passed an exam to become a lieutenant.

Grunas had worked for the police department for about five years. Michael Hanlon, president of the department's Fraternal Order of Police lodge, said no one suspected that she had personal problems.

"She had an outgoing personality, was pleasant to be around," Hanlon said. "I never had the slightest inkling that this was going on."