TALLASSEE, ALABAMA — This horrifying story is one you wouldn’t think to hear regarding elderly victims. However, it is, and she was killed by someone she knew.
According to WSFA-12, two elderly women were seemingly on the run, Tuesday morning, after having been granted a protective order against their soon-to-be killer.
Just covered my first ever double homicide-suicide at the Tallassee Walmart…shooter and two others dead. pic.twitter.com/UQ2KMZA4HP
— Spencer Main (@SpencerMain) June 19, 2018
The source mentions that the victims were 58-year-old Tresea Miller and 75-year-old Barbara Buttles, her mother. The suspect, 65-year-old Harold Miller shot and killed the two women, after ramming their vehicle while in the Walmart parking lot.
After killing them, Miller then turned the gun on himself. He reportedly died from an apparent, self-inflicted gunshot wound. The source states that authorities have ruled the case a murder-suicide.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED
WSFA-12 reports that Tallassee authorities were called to the Walmart garden center around 10:15 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, Harold Miller was found dead in the parking lot.
Likewise, Tresea and Barbara were pronounced dead at the scene — still inside the vehicle.
According to Mayor Johnny Hammock, the suspect crashed his vehicle into the victims’ vehicle while in the parking lot. Then, Harold got out of his vehicle and fired multiple rounds into their vehicle via the windshield, as can be seen from the photo.
Reportedly, multiple units responded to the scene and focused on the victims.
The source states: “The vehicle was covered with a large sheet to shield the bodies from public view while authorities processed the scene.”
— WSFA 12 News (@wsfa12news) June 19, 2018
Tallassee Police Chief Matthew Higgins says the shooting was contained to a remote section of the parking lot and not near the front door. No other customers were injured in the incident.
THE PROTECTIVE ORDER
The source mentions that a judge had — this week — granted the protective order for Tresea Miller, her 23-year-old son, and Buttles against Harold Miller.
In the protective order, it notes that Tresea and Harold Miller were married and pending divorce. Reportedly, Tresea says she was verbally abused for 43 years — with a documented history of domestic incidents.
Furthermore, the source reports as follows.
“One of the couple’s sons, not the one listed in the protective order, told WSFA 12 News there were no signs this would happen. The son said he doesn’t believe this was premeditated by his father, adding that his father loved his mother. He admitted there were issues in the marriage, but there was nothing out of the ordinary recently. The son also confirmed Barbara Buttles is his grandmother.”
Walmart spokesperson Casey Staheli mentioned condolences to family and friends of everyone affected by the incident.
City, county, state, and federal authorities are involved with the investigation. Also, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency confirmed it was assisting at the state level.
On the federal level, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) also confirmed it is involved.
If you’re interested in a local report, watch the footage below.
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— Alabama News Network (@ALNewsNetwork) June 19, 2018
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