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Lake Travis double homicide suspect kills himself after police chase in Mississippi


7:45 p.m. update: The man believed to have shot three people, two of whom died, in a Lake Travis neighborhood killed himself Friday after a standoff with police in Mississippi, Travis County sheriff’s officials said.

Randall Burrows, 54, shot himself in the head just outside of Summit, Miss., after a short chase with Mississippi highway patrol, Travis County sheriff’s officials said. He was taken to a hospital, and he was pronounced dead soon after 5 p.m., roughly 15 minutes after the U.S. Marshals had found him and the chase began, Travis County sheriff’s Capt. Craig Smith said.

“He ran several cars off the roadway and he ended up driving into a field,” Smith said. “He got out of his vehicle and had a very short standoff with the Mississippi highway patrol" before he shot himself.

Burrows was a contractor who was performing work at a home on Whitebead Trail, owned by the people whom Burrows killed Wednesday evening, Smith said. Investigators believe Burrows shot them due to a dispute about the work he did.

The U.S. Marshals, who were working with Mississippi’s highway patrol, found Burrows around 4:45 p.m. Friday, Smith said. 

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will investigate Burrows’ death, though the Travis County sheriff’s office will work with those officials, Smith said. 

6 p.m. update: The Travis County sheriff’s office will hold a news conference at 7:30 p.m. Friday to give an update regarding their search for the suspect in a double homicide in a Lake Travis neighborhood.

Randall Burrows, 54, is charged with killing Susan Gulla-O’Leary and Richard Dale Guthrie and injuring a third person in the 2000 block of Whitebead Trail on Wednesday evening.

Earlier: The Travis County sheriff’s office on Friday identified the couple killed in a Lakeway-area double homicide as Richard Dale Guthrie and Susan Gulla-O’Leary, both 60.

A third victim in the shooting remains hospitalized. She was in critical condition on Thursday.

The suspect in their killing, Randall Lee Burrows, is at large.

Burrows, 54, was last seen driving a 2011 white Ford Escape with the Texas license plate FVX 4037. Anyone who sees Burrows should call 911 immediately.

Burrows is 5-foot-9, weighs about 195 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes.

Investigators at the sheriff’s office believe a business dispute led to the shooting. Guthrie and Gulla-O’Leary were both found dead in the front yard of a home in the 2000 block of Whitebead Trail with gunshot wounds to the head.

The unidentified woman was found injured inside the home.

Burrows was charged with murder in 1989 in Montgomery County. He was convicted of the lesser charge of aggravated assault in 1990 and sentenced to two years on probation, which he successfully completed in 1992, according to records from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

He has no known criminal history in Travis County, the records show.


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