A man shot and killed his wife, then himself, in a home near Bruceville-Eddy on Saturday morning, Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean said.
Bruceville-Eddy police responded to a home in the area of Woodlawn Road and Interstate 35 about 7:15 a.m. to a report of shots fired from someone in the home, McLean said. Young children were in the home at the time of the call but were able to get out unharmed as Kevin Tharpe, 40, barricaded himself inside the home after shooting Monica Tharpe, 31, McLean said.
Officers with the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, their SWAT team and several other agencies assisted in the standoff. McLean said Kevin Tharpe was apparently barricaded in the home for more than two hours while negotiators attempted to make contact with him.
Kevin Tharpe had bonded out of jail at 12:30 p.m. Friday on charges including harassing, criminal mischief and possession of marijuana. His total bond was $4,000, according to jail records. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said the harassment charges and criminal mischief charge involved incidents with the woman who was killed Saturday.
The sheriff’s office SWAT team forced entry and found the man and woman dead inside, McNamara said.
“This is an extremely sad situation, especially since he was booked in jail one day, then bonded out the next day,” McNamara said. “It’s a very tragic situation.”
Because of the lack of contact, it remains unclear when Kevin Tharpe died, and additional details into the timeline of how things transpired were not immediately clear, McLean said.
Multiple agencies, including the Bruceville-Eddy Police Department, the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, the Lorena Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and a McLennan County constable, responded to the incident.
“Both (the man and woman) lived in this home at one time,” McLean said. “I personally have never dealt with these two people before, but my officers have.”
McLean said preliminary reports indicated that there was an ongoing domestic situation between the husband and wife. The kids in the home at the time are children of another person who lives in the home, not children of Monica and Kevin Tharpe.
“This is a very unusual situation, and we are clearly blessed to have the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office as well as DPS and the Texas Rangers to assist us,” McLean said. “For a small city like we are, things like this don’t typically happen within our city limits, so it’s great to have these people behind you to help you out.”
Officers remained at the home Saturday afternoon. McLean said the investigation is ongoing.