Domestic Dispute Ends in Multiple Deaths
Walter A. Tyson
October 2, 2015
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
received numerous 911 calls at approximately 6:10 pm Thursday evening. Callers
were reporting hearing shots fired across the street from Inglis Town Hall
on Hwy 40 West. Callers also reported there may be injuries related to these
shots.
LCSO Telecommunicators
immediately dispatched law enforcement and rescue units to the described
location. A Levy County Department of Public Safety EMS unit happened to be in
very close proximity to this location and immediately responded. The EMS and Inglis Fire Department personnel arrived prior to
law enforcement and were not aware the incident location was not safe. EMS, putting themselves in harms way, immediately
identified two male victims in the front yard and exited their emergency
response vehicle to render aid. EMS quickly
recognized the extreme volatile nature of the situation, continued their
mission by putting their own lives in peril and heroically rescued Otis Ray Bean
Jr. (11-17-61). Mr. Bean was successfully transferred and transported by air
ambulance to an area hospital where he remains in critical condition.
A large law enforcement response
occurred immediately thereafter. The US Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task Force
was operating in the Inglis area on an unrelated investigation. These team
members comprised of US Marshal’s, LCSO Deputies, FDLE Agents, Chiefland Police
Officers, Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies and Gainesville Police Officers surrounded
the home. Eye witness testimony was quickly given to these officers confirming
the shooter had entered the home. Officers acted quickly and mounted a rescue
operation to aid the other male victim found in the yard. Walter Scott “Buzz”
Terhune (6-4-47), a local Inglis resident, was removed from the yard, but had
unfortunately succumbed to gunshot related injuries.
A secure perimeter had been
established by other officers and orders for surrender were immediately given
to all occupants of the home. Officers reported seeing a man on the second
story of this single family home walk to the window. This person later
identified as Walter A. Tyson (1-6-58) disappeared from their sight. Officers
heard a single gunshot, followed by a loud thud from inside the home. Task Force
officers deployed a robot into the interior of the home and verified one male
subject on the upper level of the home who appeared to be dead.
Levy County
Sheriff Bobby McCallum requested mutual aid assistance from Citrus County
Sheriff Dawsy who sent several members of his SWAT team to assist with this
situation. Upon their arrival SWAT members deployed “distraction devices” into
the home and made entry. They discovered the remains of a white female in the
kitchen area of the home, who was later identified as Patricia Tyson (8-9-61). It
was confirmed that Walter Tyson, now apparent suspect, was in fact deceased
from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Investigators discovered “Buzz”
Terhune, reported by friends as a retired US Vietnam veteran and good Samaritan,
upon hearing the gunshots and recognizing local children in the area were in
danger went to confront Mr. Tyson. Investigators believe Mr. Terhune was
unaware he was walking into this deadly situation as he was going to confront a
person he believed was just recklessly discharging a weapon.
Sheriff McCallum and his members
at LCSO want to express their condolences to the families and our community who
have been affected by this violent act. Sheriff McCallum wants to convey his
assurance to the Inglis community that we are committed to ensure their safety.
He also wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the members of the Marshal’s
Task Force, Sheriff Dawsy for his immediate response for assistance with both his
SWAT team members and forensics unit, the Inglis Fire Department, the Levy
County Department of Public Safety and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
Without their cooperative efforts this tragic event would have taxed his
agencies resources and potentially lengthened this investigation. Their
assistance aided in the quickest possible resolution for the families and the
community.
LCSO continues to actively work
this investigation and requests the community’s assistance. If anyone has
information to aid the investigation we are asking them to contact LCSO at
352-486-5111 and ask for an investigator in the Criminal Investigations Unit.
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
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