TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Tyler County Sheriff's Office investigators and the Texas Rangers are still tracking down leads in the shooting deaths of a Zavalla couple that had been on a supervised visit with the man's 4-year-old daughter at a church in Colmesneil Saturday.
"We're right in the middle of following up on a huge number of leads," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan of the Tyler County Sheriff's Office.
Ryan said that the Tyler County Sheriff's Office is now offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved in this crime.
Nathan Bradley Maddox, 35, and Krystal Renee Maddox, 31, were identified as the two people killed in the shooting accident. Ryan said forensic pathologists in Beaumont performed autopsies on the couple's bodies Monday. The Tyler County chief deputy said they haven't gotten the results from those autopsies back at this time.
Ryan said the 4-year-old girl is still in the custody of her maternal grandparents. He said Child Protective Services is checking to make sure the little girl is in a safe environment.
According to the Associated Press, Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said his investigators have already ruled out murder-suicide in the case. He did not release any information about suspects or a possible motive to the Associated Press.
A press release stated that a call came into Tyler County Sheriff's 911 dispatch reporting shots fired at Mount Carmel Baptist Church on CR 3725 near RR 255 in Tyler County. When deputies arrived on scene they found two bodies at the scene that were identified as Nathan Maddox and Krystal Maddox.
The suspect or suspects had already fled the scene when authorities arrived.
In a previous East Texas News story, Bud Sturrock, the chief investigator for the Tyler County Sheriff's Office, the couple was on a supervised visitation with Bradley Maddox's four-year-old daughter. Nathan and Krystal Maddox were leaving the church. The child and a mediator were still inside the church when they heard up to five shots. The mediator called 911 and was told to lock the church doors and stay inside until law enforcement arrived.
A justice of the peace pronounced them dead on the scene.
The couple had five children between them, but none together. They had been married for just over a year.
The supervised visitations took place four times a month on Saturdays, Sturrock said.
Church services at Mount Carmel Baptist Church were canceled Sunday.
Anyone with any information that might lead to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the deaths of Nathan and Krystal Maddox is urged to call the Tyler County Sheriff's Office at (409) 281-2172.
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