A mother and her 13-year-old son are dead after a shooting in Jefferson.
It happened at about 10:30 Wednesday morning in the 700 block of Gordon Street. Officers arrested 47-year-old Marty Reeves at the scene.
Police wouldn't say exactly how, but they did say they had information of what had happened even before they got to the house. In fact in the initial police briefing, they said Reeves was immediately detained, and then they went inside and found his wife Andrea and son Austin shot to death, along with multiple weapons.
The double murder comes as a huge shock to some residents in the small, normally quiet town.
"I'm surprised, especially it being Jefferson. You hardly ever here of something like that happening around here," said Leslie Hopkins, who works in the area.
But for Cristal Shields, it was a scene that she knows all too well. She said it brought back painful memories of her sister's murder that happened in the same part of town.
"Two years ago my family and I were here in the same situation that these people face and I was just in tears. I was just torn apart to have another round of murder. It's just unbelievable," said Shields.
And to make matters worse, this one involved a 13-year-old.
"That's really sad. Kids are precious and they don't do anything to offend anybody, at least not to the point where you have to kill them," said Hopkins.
"I know some people snap, but whatever reason was it wasn't worth taking the lives of innocent people, especially the child," said Renee Higginbitham.
Residents said about the only good news was police immediately caught the man they believe did it.
"I'm glad they got him because that would be devastating to have that person out there and know he could do it again to anybody," said Higginbitham.
There was some talk in the community that the suspect was battling some mental illnesses, but when we asked police about it, they wouldn't comment.
A magistrate judge denied bond for Reeves at his first appearance.
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Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
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