On Wednesday morning, Navarro County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a welfare concern in the Brushie Prairie community on NW CR 3360.
According to Sheriff Elmer Tanner, “The caller advised that she had a disagreement with her husband earlier that morning and that she had left the residence with her children and went to another location for the night. The caller stated that her husband and his twin 12-year-old girls remained at the location.”
The wife returned a few hours later and upon entering the residence to check on the occupants’ welfare, she heard a single gun shot inside the residence. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Tanner, “She immediately left the location and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.”
Upon the arrival of the deputies, they learned the suspect, later identified as Larry Thompson, was armed with a handgun, and made statements of potential violence towards the family and police ‘if anyone tried to take his children’. The deputies also confirmed, after speaking with the suspect’s mother that she had just been inside the residence speaking with Larry and the children.
After the mother of Thompson exited the residence, deputies heard two gunshots from inside the residence.
The incident was immediately deemed a hostage situation and SWAT, crisis negotiators, and medical personnel were deployed to the location. After numerous attempts to contact the occupants of the home by the Crisis Negotiation Unit, the SWAT team made entry with the use of a tactical robot supported by an entry team and located the bodies of Thompson and the twin girls inside the residence.
This incident is being jointly investigated by the Texas Rangers and the NCSO Criminal Investigation Division and is deemed ongoing.