JACKSON— Two people are dead after an apparent murder/suicide in Liberty Township late Tuesday evening.
Jackson County Sheriff John Shasteen is reporting that his office received a call about a hostage situation at 2389 Limerick Road at approximately 10:49 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9. The call was made by an adult female who was also at the residence, along with two minor children. After calling 911 for help, the caller and children were able to get out of the house to safety.
As officer’s arrived at the scene they were met by the sister of the male who was reportedly holding his girlfriend hostage, when they heard two gunshots coming from the rear of the trailer.
The officers proceeded with caution and discovered 36-year-old Bobby R. McCormick and 33-year-old Crystal M. Fyffe, lying on the back porch, each with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Shasteen indicated that due to the position of the bodies it was apparent that McCormick was the shooter.
A 22 cal. revolver with two shots fired was laying beside the bodies.
Because of the obviously chaotic conditions at the scene, a deputy took all four females to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, where they waited until someone could talk to them and apprise them of the situation. Shasteen stated that it fell on his shoulders to tell McCormick’s sister that her brother was dead.
It is known that the couple had one female child together, but the relationship to the others present in the house is under investigation.
Shasteen said that is was reported the two had been arguing and that threats were made, but with the case still under investigation, he was not sure of what led to this tragic shooting.
Funeral services for the couple is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, October 13, at the Lewis-Gillum Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Bethel Ridge Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects to the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 12 at the funeral home.