Bastrop toddler, adult found in home died of gunshot wounds

Murder-suicide suspected in Bastrop deaths

BASTROP - Two of the family members found dead in a Bastrop home Saturday afternoon were victims of homicide, according to Bastrop County investigators in a press release Tuesday.

Jennifer Rutherford Friedel, 32, and Leroy "LJ" Rutherford Friedel, 3, died of gunshot wounds. Investigators have not determined how Leroy Roger Friedel, 41, died yet.

According to the Bastrop sheriff, the investigator's "working theory is that Leroy Friedel shot his wife, Jennifer Friedel, multiple times while outside the home following what appears to be a domestic disturbance." One of the shots that were fired entered the home and struck his son in the head.

The investigators' working theory is that Leroy then turned the gun on himself.

They were initially called to the home to perform a welfare check for a possible disturbance call. Authorities would not elaborate if they believe Leroy Friedel meant to shoot LJ, or was aware that he had shot him. 

According to the Bastrop Sheriff's Office, deputies went to a home on the 600 block of Oak Hill Cemetery Road in Bastrop around 1 p.m. Saturday. Once they were inside, they found the bodies in the home. They believe the incident also took place that day. 

Authorities say they had no knowledge of past calls to that home, and added there were no signs of previous abuse. They do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the shooting. 

Autopsy results are still pending for Leroy Friedel pending further testing on the gun. 

They believe a pistol was used in the shooting, and added other weapons were discovered inside the home.

This is an ongoing investigation.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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