LEXINGTON, S.C. — An apparent family argument led to a suspected murder-suicide that left three people dead in Lexington County.
A caller alerted deputies to a victim lying on the floor of a business on Railroad Avenue Tuesday evening. They arrived to find two "lifeless" bodies, a man and a woman.
The woman, 51-year-old Tammy Ricard, reportedly suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was found slumped over in a chair. The man, 43-year-old Christopher McCutchan, was found on the floor with a "large amount of blood next to him."
Deputies were then advised to look for Heath McCutchan, the brother and employee of Christopher. According to an incident report, Heath recently quit the business and was "very mad."
“Based on the evidence we’ve collected and the interviews we’ve conducted, this appears to be a family argument that turned violent and tragic,” said Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon.
Later that evening deputies were called to the 200 block Mooring Lane for a shots fired call, where the body of Heath McCutchan was retrieved from Lake Murray.
Detectives suspect Heath shot Christopher and Tammy, a secretary at the business, to death early Tuesday afternoon. Heath then reportedly committed suicide on a dock at the lake.
The case is still under investigation, but deputies are not seeking any other persons of interest associated with the three deaths.