Two dead in rural Milam ‘murder-suicide’

Reportr/Mike Brown Reportr/Mike Brown Two Houston-area residents are dead in what the Milam County Sheriff’s Department terms as a “murder-suicide” last Wednesday.

Investigators said they believe the incidents stemmed from the breakup of a relationship.

Dying at the scene, a home off County Road 346, just off US 79, about three miles east of Milano, was 28-year-old Lindsay Ferrill of Katy.

Justin Patronella, 25, of Houston, identified as the shooter by investigators, died that night in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Bryan.

Sheriff David Greene said Ferrill and Patronella were found by members of the sheriff’s department, who responded to a report of a “possibly suicidal” subject at the scene, called in by persons who became concerned about the situation.

Chief Deputy Chris White told Investigator Mike Clore of the Milam County Sheriff’s Department was one of dozens of law officers responding to double shooting off County Road 346 last Wednesday. Officers set up a secured area at the county road in front of gated area which contained three houses. Shootings occurred in the northernmost house, not visible from the road. The Reporter that Ferrill and Patronella were “boyfriend and girlfriend” and that “she was trying to break up with him.”

Both had sustained head wounds, White said. Two medical helicopters were dispatched but Ferrill was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Andy Isaacs.

Patronella was f lown to St. Joseph’s by the other helicopter.

CHILD—White said a threeyear old child—Ferrill’s daughter— was the only other person in the house. “She was not hurt and did not witness the incident,” White said.

He said investigators recovere d the pistol used in the shootings but would not release the make or caliber.

White said investigators are not sure who owns the property where the shootings occurred.

There are three homes behind a gate on the south side of the 100 block of CR 346. The shootings occurred in the northernmost home.

“There are a number of weekend homes in the area,” White said.

LOCKDOWN—The Milano ISD, the nearest school district to the location, initially locked down its campuses upon receiving word of the shootings.

“ That ’s not somet hing we had asked them to do, but it’s certainly something we would do if we ever felt it was needed for safety,” White said.

“ This happened during the first few minutes when it was really unclear what was going on,” White said.

Greene sa id i nve st igator s quick ly came to the conclusion the incident was a murder attempted suicide (murder suicide after the death of Patranella) and that “all persons involved had been accounted for.”

Greene expressed appreciation to the Milano Volunteer Fire Department, AMR paramedics and the Department of Public Safety for assistance at the scene.

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