A man called 911 just before entering his ex-girlfriend’s home and killing her in what police believe was a murder-suicide on the Fourth of July.
Horacio Sanchez Suarez, 41, called 911 dispatchers at 9:35 a.m. and told them that police assistance was needed at a Laurel, Mississippi address, according to WDAM-TV News. The residence belonged to the his ex-girlfriend, 37-year-old Stacey Nicole Moulds.
When police arrived, both Suarez and Moulds were dead on the scene.
Suarez’s car was still running.
“We believe that he [Suarez] called as he was pulling up to or entering the home,” said Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox, according to WDAM-TV. “He obviously had access to the home. His car was still running. He walked into the home, and from obviously canvassing the neighborhood, what they heard, the gunshots, he then horribly shot and killed the lady and then turned the gun on himself before we could get there.”
"The phone call did come from the suspect's phone," Cox confirmed to Oxygen.com.
Police said both Suarez and Moulds died of a single gunshot wound from a handgun, according to the Laurel Leader-Call.
“Between the statements and the scene inside, there is no doubt it was a murder-suicide,” Cox told Oxygen.com. "It's just a horrible situation."
Cox said that the victims had previously been in a romantic relationship but had separated.
"Our indication was that it was a dating relationship that ended, obviously, not very well," Cox told Oxygen.com. "Just the way it played out, it's extremely different from what we generally deal with."
Cox didn't know what the exact motive for the crime was.
"I don't know why," he commented. "Why does anybody do anything?"
For some, Suarez's actions came as shock.
"I was at a meeting last night," Cox told Oxygen.com. "[But] I heard the gentleman [Suarez] had did electrician work, so I called someone who had used him for electrician work, and she said he was mild-mannered, seemed to be a great guy. They were very surprised, very surprised at what he did."
Laurel, Mississippi boasts of being “ a charming and gracious southern town,” lined with oak trees and turn-of-the-century homes, according to the town’s website.
"It's not that we don't have anything happen here, probably between two to four murders," Cox continued. "It's a very unusual murder-suicide. I was trying to remember, I don't remember the last murder-suicide that we had within the city. That particular neighborhood is extremely quiet."
Police don't believe anyone else was involved in the crime. After canvassing the neighborhood and speaking to people who were nearby, Cox said "there was nobody else in the house," and that "nobody else came and went."
"At this point, we're just pulling together the paperwork in order to close the file."