The Tom Green County Sheriff said Sunday's murder-suicide is the third domestic-related murder in Tom Green County in 15 months. While family disturbances are their most frequent calls, he has seen an increase since he became sheriff.
"As far as an increase-obviously there's an increase in the last 15 months. We haven't had that many previously in that short of time," continued Jones.
In August of 2013, in Grape Creek, a husband is accused of killing his wife. Less than a month before that, a Wall man is accused of shooting his estranged wife, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law. In Sunday's case, according to investigators, the woman who was shot and later died had requested assistance from the sheriff's department and a deputy had been with her all morning.
"I wish I knew the answer. If we did, maybe we could prevent some of these," explained Jones.
Sheriff Jones said the best thing to do is call 911.
"The first indication that someone might become physical- they need to leave or call or get us out there so we can at least do what we can to prevent violence. We go to every call," Jones said. "We take it very seriously. We and we try and do our best to prevent anything else from happening."
He also said sometimes the best solution is for a victim to get out of a potentially dangerous situation by going to a family shelter.
"If they truly believe they are in danger, we try to get them to the family shelter. We try to get them to places that are in a protective environment and try and get help and council for both parties," finished Jones.