Houston (Mo.) police believe a man shot his wife and son before killing himself Thursday night in a local neighborhood.
Houston Police Chief Brad Evans said dead are 66-year-old Gregory Pardun, his wife, Deborah German-Pardun, 57; and their son, Benjamin Pardun, 16.
Just before 8 p.m., police were alerted of a medical call at the home in the 800 block of Sommerville Drive. Upon arrival, the three were found. The scene is in the east part of the community and just around the corner from St. Mark’s Catholic Church.
An investigation continues on Friday. Police believe Gregory Pardun shot the wife and son before turning a .22-caliber weapon on himself. A relative found the bodies. There are indications that the family may have been under financial stress.
Late last night, Evans said the public was not in any danger. The statement came after a whirlwind of rumors that surfaced on social media. The investigation is ongoing, and additional details will be released when available.
Evans said the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Texas County Sheriff’s Department, Houston Fire Department and the Texas County Coroner’s Office assisted at the scene.
Not much is known about the family. The son was not enrolled in the local school district.
Evans said autopsies are expected to be performed Friday afternoon in Springfield.
It’s the second and third murder in the community since early last summer when a fatal stabbing occurred near the downtown business district. One person was quickly charged.
A multi-agency investigation is under way in Houston following the discovery of three bodies in a local neighborhood, Houston Police Chief Brad Evans said late Thursday night.
The three were found inside a home in the 800 block of Sommerfield Drive, which is situated in the eastern part of the community. The scene is a short distance from U.S. 63. Evans, in a statement issued this evening, said the public is not at risk, and the crime scene is secure.
Officers from the Houston Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Texas County Sheriff’s Department are on scene. Yellow police tape surrounds the house. A Texas County Memorial Hospital ambulance is parked in the middle of the road. Law enforcement vehicles are lined up along the street.
Evans said autopsies are expected to be performed Friday in Springfield.
Evans said additional information from the overnight investigation will be released Friday morning.