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Forrest Ficke was playing a video game Sunday night. He heard two gunshots and dismissed them.

"You hear a lot of that when you're playing Call of Duty," he said. 

The next morning, Ficke, 20, heard several police sirens and ambulances flooding the condominium complex adjacent to his Naples home in Royal Harbor. 

"It was a sinking feeling," he said. 

Ficke later learned the gunshots he heard Sunday night were related to a murder-suicide. 

Previous coverage: Man, 5-year-old boy killed in apparent murder-suicide

Monday morning, Collier County Sheriff's deputies responded to a unit in the 1500 block of Sandpiper Street, a typically quiet neighborhood, where comments from dispatch were indicating someone had shot a child and themselves. 

Deputies found 45-year-old Paul David Warren and a 5-year-old boy dead in an apartment. Warren had a gun in his hand, according to the incident report. 

The caller — a woman whose relationship to Warren is not mentioned in the incident report — was contacted by a school and told that the 5-year-old boy was never dropped off. 

The woman drove to Warren's apartment and noticed his car was still parked outside around 8:30 a.m. 

She then knocked on the door with no answer. The door was unlocked and she walked inside. . 

Multiple neighbors called 911 to report they heard screaming coming from the residence, according to the incident report. 

The woman also told deputies she had received a text message from Warren that read "You are going to regret this," and told deputies Warren had shown signs of jealousy because she was seeing someone. 

During the homicide investigation early Monday morning, deputies reported there was no threat to safety in the neighborhood. 


This is a six-month review of the most-read crime stories in Collier County on from March 2019 to August 2019. Naples Daily News

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