TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Tyler County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating a shooting that has left a man and woman dead on Saturday around 12:25 PM.
According to a press release a call came into Tyler County Sheriff's communications 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 who have been identified as Nathan Bradley Maddox, 35 and his wife, Krystal Renee Maddox, 31, both of Zavalla.
The suspect(s) had fled the scene before authorities arrived.
The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.
According to Chief Investigator Bud Sturrock, the couple were on a court-ordered supervised visitation with Bradley Maddox's four-year-old daughter. The couple were leaving the church and 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.
The East Texas News spoke with Krystal's father, Paul Humphus, he didn't want to speak with a reporter on camera but did say that he drove to the church to see where his daughter was killed. He said he knows many friends who have lost children and never knew what to say to them in their time of grief and now that he is going through it himself he said that there are no words that can describe exactly what he is feeling.
Humphus said the couple had been married a little over a year and had just gotten to a good point in their lives.
Investigators say they are working hard to try and piece together what exactly happened at the church. They have not released any information on any persons of interest in this case.
Both bodies were taken to Jefferson County where their autopsies are schedule for Monday.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Tyler County Sheriff's Office at 409-283-8172