Police: Man commits suicide after killing ex-wife, shooting juvenile

By: Jeremy Pierre

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The Horn Lake Police Department is investigating a murder-suicide. 

On Sunday, officers were called to the 3100 block of Cool Springs Drive.


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When police arrived they found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. An adult female victim was pronounced dead on the scene, and a juvenile was flown to Regional One in critical condition.

That juvenile is a 16-year-old girl who deputies said was shot by her own father. 

The investigation led officers to the victim’s ex-husband, Marvin Verner. Deputies with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office arrived at Verner’s home and found him suffering from a self-inflicted wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police said Verner shot his daughter and ex-wife in the driveway of their home late Sunday night. 

Now, their neighbors are trying to wash away the blood from the teen's desperate cry for help.

“There was blood all up around here. All up on the doors, in the corners and around this way,” neighbor Fredrick Reed said.

Reed told FOX13 his last words Sunday morning with his longtime friend Marvin Verner did not alarm him to what would come later that day.

“It was just his normal, normal personality. Just normal,” Reed said.

Horn Lake Police said Verner would shoot his ex-wife, Gale Hall, and daughter while in their car.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Hall’s body in the driveway.

Reed said after being shot in the mouth, the teen would then run from door to door for help.

“She started knocking on this neighbor house. Then she came over here. About the time I got up and got dressed, she was down by that neighbor’s home,” Reed said.

Horn Lake PD told FOX13 their investigation would lead them to Verner.

Police said when they arrived at Verner’s home they would find him dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“They were talking about getting remarried,” Reed said.

At last check, the 16-year-old girl was listed in critical condition.

We are still waiting to learn a motive as to why this tragedy even came about.

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