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Lake Travis homicide suspect kills himself after out-of-state standoff


A Lake Travis homicide suspect committed suicide after law officers attempted to pull him over.

Randall Burrows, 54, was accused of shooting and killing Susan Gulla-O’Leary and Richard Dale Guthrie.

The man believed to have gunned down three people, two of whom died, in a sleepy Lake Travis neighborhood last week killed himself Friday after a brief car chase and 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 officials, 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 U.S. marshals had tracked him down 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 shouted something, then shot himself.

Smith said he was “unsure about some of the statements (Burrows) made.”

Burrows killed Susan Gulla-O’Leary and Richard Dale Guthrie, who were both 60, on Wednesday evening, sheriff’s investigators have said. The couple had hired Burrows to do some work on a property they owned in the 2000 block of Whitebead Trail. Smith said Burrows shot and killed them over a dispute about the work done, then went inside the home and shot a woman who was renting the property.

That woman is still in critical condition at the hospital, Smith said.

The sheriff’s office got the 911 call about the shooting, which at least one neighbor on the street overheard, about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The U.S. marshals, who were working with Mississippi’s highway patrol, found Burrows about 4:45 p.m. Friday, Smith said. Smith was unsure where the chase and standoff took place, but the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported that the chase began on Interstate 55 and ended on U.S. 51, in an area about 75 miles south of Jackson, Miss.

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

Since the shooting, neighbors on Whitebead have been grieving for Guthrie and Gulla-O’Leary, who until last year had lived across the street from the property they rented out.

Guthrie’s LinkedIn profile says he was co-owner of Pagosa Builders, a general contractor focusing on fast food restaurants, and worked as a development consultant. His bio also says he attended Texas State University from 1978 to 1981.

Gulla-O’Leary, who had worked as a commercial real estate broker since 1990, had been creating paintings and sculptures for 20 years.

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