Cedar Rapids police visited the Livingston family home less than 48 hours before Robert Livingston killed his wife and mother-in-law Thursday morning before taking his own life.
According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department’s activity log website, officers visited the Livingston home 3600 Big Horn Road SW six times since last June, including just this past Tuesday night. However, police said they will not be releasing any details on the Tuesday night call, only to confirm that it was a medical call.
“I was told that’s what we’re going to release,” said Sgt. Denni Randall, noting that’s the information normally released to the public for medical calls.
Robert Livingston, 47, is accused of shooting his wife, 41-year-old Ingrid Huber Livingston; and his mother-in-law, 73-year-old Linda Huber at Huber’s home at 3515 Banar Drive SW. Police said the shooting was reported at 6:39 a.m. Thursday and that Livingston shot his wife and mother-in-law before killing himself. Police have not released additional details on the shooting, including a possible motive or the make and model of the murder weapon.
Police said the Livingston’s minor daughters were inside the Huber residence at the time of the shooting, but have not said whether they witnessed the killings. Police did say the children were unharmed.
The police department’s website indicates an officer visited the 3600 Big Horn Road at 8:38 p.m. Tuesday. Police were at the home on Jan. 17 at 12:08 p.m. for a Cedar Rapids Community Oriented Policing Program, or CRCOPPs, call, according to the activity log. There was another CRCOPPs stop at 9:36 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013.
Randall said CRCOPPs calls generally refer to officers performing some sort of public relations, such as attending a neighborhood association meeting or church event.
“It can mean lots of things,” she said. “Usually, 99 percent of the time, we’re not looking to arrest anybody. We’re not investigating anything.”
According to the log, police performed a welfare check at the home on Dec. 9 at 8:55 p.m. Randall said police would not identify who was the subject of the welfare check or what was the nature of the call.
There was another CRCOPPs stop on Nov. 5 and the log indicates a warrant was served at the residence on June 25, 2013 and Livingston was arrested for impersonating an officer.
Sheriff Brian Gardner said Friday that Livingston was issued a permit to carry weapons on Jan. 17, 2013.
On Friday, a lawyer representing Linda Hubert and Ingrid Livingston released a statement.
“On behalf on the Huber family, we want ot thank everyone that has shown support through this very, very difficult time,” said Barry Shaw Sackett, a Spencer lawyer who went to law school with Ingrid’s brother, John. ” We ask your consideration for the remaining family and their privacy in this difficult time in going through the grief they are dealing with. We will be working on arrangements.”
“We thank you for your thoughts and prayers and hope that you understand the great loss the family has endured.”
Sackett said the Livingstons’ two minor daughters have been placed with family. He did not comment on any other details of the murder-suicide.