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Jan 14, 2013 10:52 PM

911 Calls Released In Apparent Murder/Suicide

LEX18 obtained the 911 calls made from the Washington County home where an apparent murder-suicide took place Sunday night. The family said the calls were made when a man shot his mother-in-law in the head before turning the gun on himself.

Several calls were made to 911 alerting police of a situation on Brush Grove Road in Willisburg. One of the calls, made by the victim Phyllis Tarter

PHYLLIS TARTER: My daughter's husband is loading the shotgun and I guess he has threatened to kill her and himself, and I don't know what else.

At the tail end of what was the first of four 911 calls the dispatcher tells Phyllis that a deputy was on his way. It wouldn't be long before the two women would reconnect.

DISPATCH:Are you at that residence?
DISPATCH: Yeah. Why is it that you all couldn't just leave?
PHYLLIS TARTER: I don't know where she is but wanting to leave, my car is stuck and she is my daughter and I can't leave her.

The dispatcher tried to connect Phyllis with the deputy, but her line went dead. The third call of the evening was filled with frantic screams and a man gasping for breath as he runs to safety. This call, made by the victim's grandson.

VICTIM'S GRANDSON: He shot my grandma!
DISPATCH: He shot your grandma?
VICTIM'S GRANDSON: He f#@#ing shot my grandma in the head!

Family said Phyllis Tarter was shot by her drunk and angry son-in-law William Woodford, before he turned the gun on himself.

VICTIM'S GRANDSON: We ran to a neighbors house.
DISPATCH: Okay. Can you please stay there? Is his wife with you? Is his wife with you?
VICTIM'S GRANDSON: Yeah, I'm with my mom.

Debbie Woodford and her son would escape unharmed.

The family said Woodford only had a few run-in's with the law in the past. They said Sunday, before the shooting, he'd been drinking heavily.


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