UPDATE: Williamson man fatally shot woman before killing himself, authorities say 


9:58 a.m. update: In a shooting early Wednesday in eastern Williamson County that left two people dead, authorities said it appeared that a man shot and killed a woman before turning the weapon on himself.

Authorities identified the couple as 42-year-old Ellen Rachelle DeHart, and 48-year-old Richard Lee DeHart.

Williamson County deputies received reports of the shooting around 12:30 a.m. at a home in the 5400 block of County Road 424 north of Thrall.

“Upon arrival, deputies found a female with a single gunshot wound and a male with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot,” the sheriff’s office said.

Other family members were in the house at the time of the shooting, but no one witnessed the incident, officials said.

Earlier: A shooting in rural eastern Williamson County left two dead early Wednesday, authorities said. 

The Williamson County sheriff’s office said the shooting occurred at a home north of Thrall on the 5400 block of County Road 424.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody first reported the incident via Twitter shortly before 1 a.m. He later tweeted that the victims were a man and a woman, but he declined to identify them until their family had been notified. 

“Others in (the) house were present but did not witness (the) crime,” Chody said in his tweet.

 He added: “There is no threat to public and investigation is slower than normal due to remote location.”


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