Death of brothers at Plainville airport ruled murder-suicide

Published on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 13:38


PLAINVILLE - The investigation into two bodies found in a car outside Robertson Airport over the weekend has been ruled a murder-suicide.

Police said investigators believe 68-year-old Nils Anderson shot and killed his younger brother, 66-year-old Byron Anderson, before turning the handgun on himself. Their bodies were discovered on Saturday, at about 9:37 a.m., when police were called to investigate. Both men resided in Plainville.

Police said it was immediately apparent that the deaths were suspicious. The Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad was asked to respond and process the crime scene. Autopsies were conducted on both men before police announced the incident was a murder-suicide.

Police have said the situation did not pose any danger to the public and that they have no reason to believe anyone else was involved.

On Monday, police said they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the gun, including whether it was legally purchased and registered, and whether Nils Anderson had a valid pistol permit.

Investigators declined to comment on what may have motivated the killing.

“I would rather not comment on some of the fine details of the investigation because it’s not totally closed yet,” Lt. Nicholas Mullins said.

When asked whether the incident involved an impulsive action or if the killing was premeditated, Mullins said “I can’t answer that at this time.”

According to Mullins, the two brothers did not have any history of domestic violence.

“I don’t know of any other incidents between them,” he said.

With the exception of a possible run-in with law enforcement Nils Anderson may have had many years ago, Mullins said the two brothers did not have a criminal history.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 13:38. Updated: Wednesday, 26 December 2018 13:40.