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2012-12-06

Murder-suicide investigated on FM 3240

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

While investigating a 9-1-1 report of suspicious circumstances, deputies with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office discovered what is reportedly a murder-suicide.
At approximately, 4:25 pm, Sunday, Dec. 2, county law enforcement officers responded to an emergency call reporting two dead bodies on a driveway near a locked gate in the 3000 block of FM 3240.
According to Capt. Shane Merritt, two motorists passing the location earlier had noticed something "odd" about the way two vehicles had been parked inside the ranch gate. "They turned around to check it out and noticed the bodies on the ground," Merritt said in an interview. "They called 9-1-1 immediately."
Sgt. Joey Hernandez was the first officer on the scene. He was followed shortly by multiple deputies and investigators, Merritt said.
The deceased individuals appeared to have been killed by single gunshot wounds to the head, according to a press release from the BCSO, dated on Monday, Dec. 3. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Eino Zapata pronounced the individuals dead at the scene. "Because of the lividity present, we believe the individuals could have been dead for at least two hours prior to the discovery of their bodies," Merritt said.
Law enforcement officers with the BCSO Criminal Investigation Division have ascertained that Hamilton C. Storrie IV, 49, used a .22 caliber rifle to kill his estranged wife, Jennifer Storrie, 39, before turning the gun on himself. Although a relatively small caliber, a .22 bullet has a tendency to ricochet upon impact, causing extensive internal damage.
No other family members were harmed in the incident. Jennifer Storrie's son, 11, was apparently also living in the house on the property. Officers found him at a neighbor's residence. "He did not witness the incident," Merritt said. The boy is now in the custody of his aunt, his late mother's sister.
Jennifer Storrie was employed at a local Bandera restaurant. Merritt indicated her divorce from Hamilton Storrie was finalized several weeks ago. However, it is believed the couple might have been still living together at the time of the incident.
No stranger to the local law enforcement, Hamilton Storrie recently came under law enforcement scrutiny because of his alleged involvement in series of copper thefts in the City of Bandera. On Sept. 24, during a probable cause search of his pickup truck, officers discovered a spool of copper wire. The copper was later confirmed as having been stolen during a robbery of D'Spain Sales and Service, Inc. on 11th Street.
During the course of that investigation, officers were led to a location on Panther Hollow in the Exotic Acres subdivision where the suspects had stripped the copper wire.
According to Hicks, Storrie and Travis Wayne Morgan had purportedly been selling the purloined copper wire to purchase methamphetamine. The subdivision is also located off FM 3240.
Storrie was also arrested in Bandera on Oct. 7 and charged with possession of a controlled substance. At that time, he also had an outstanding warrant from Bexar County that related to a child support issue.
In addition, last May, deputies were called to the Storrie address because of a reported disturbance. "The deputy determined that no assault had occurred," Merritt said. "Neither party wanted to file a complaint so no charges were filed."