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INCIDENT / ARREST REPORT
Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department
711 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655

_X_ INCIDENT
___ Juvenile
___ Senior Citizen
___ Gang

___ ARREST
___ Child Abuse
___ Domestic
___ Involved Alcohol
CASE NUMBER:
000598-20B-2016
Date Reported:
02/20/2016
Time Reported:
5:07 PM
OFFENSE:
TBD
STATUTE:
___Committed
___ Attempted
OFFENSE:
STATUTE:
___ Committed
___ Attempted
OFFENSE:
STATUTE:
___ Committed
___ Attempted
Location of Offense(Exact address, include Room/ Apt. No.)
604 Tyler Avenue
Oxford, Mississippi
Date of Offense:
02/19/2016
(Estimated)
Time of Offense:
9:00 PM
(Estimated)
Location of Arrest (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
N/A
Date of Arrest:
N/A
Time of Arrest:
N/A
Reporting Officer:
Det. Sam Murphy
Unit Number:
633
Assisting Officer:
Det. Ted Armstrong
Unit Number:
615

Reporting Officer's narrative

REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE(Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)

At 5:07 p.m., Dispatch received a 911 call reporting two bodies discovered at the residence located at 604 Tyler Avenue. The caller identified herself as Vanessa Pruitt, wife of one of the deceased. Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Unit 305 (Deputy P.J. Watson) was dispatched and arrived at the scene at 5:11 p.m. Upon verification of the presence of two bodies, at 5:14 p.m. R/O notified Dispatch and requested backup. Unit 216 (Officer Kennon Winters) and Unit 224 (Officer Steve Harding) were dispatched to provide backup and arrived at the scene at 5:22 p.m. and 5:25 p.m. respectively.

Reporting Investigators (R/Is) Detectives T. Armstrong and S. Murphy were assigned and proceeded directly to the scene. At R/Is' request, Coroners Inspector L. Johnson and a CSU team were notified to respond to the scene. R/Is arrived at the scene at 5:38 p.m. Upon arrival, R/Is found that R/Os had secured the area. Environmental conditions at the scene upon arrival are as follows: Exterior Ambient Temperature 64°F/18°C; Relative Humidity: 68%; Interior crime scene location Ambient Temperature: 68°F/20°C; Relative Humidity: 42%.

R/O Watson made the following verbal report, which is stated in summary and not verbatim.

R/O was admitted to the residence by an adult female (Person 3) who identified herself as Vanessa Pruitt, co-owner and resident of the home. Person 3 directed R/O to the basement of the residence. R/O entered the basement and observed two adult males lying on the floor. R/O observed that both men appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds and that neither showed any signs of life. R/O exited the basement and secured the scene. R/O then reported the situation to Dispatch.

R/O said YCSD Unit 216 (Officer Kennon Winters) arrived at approximately 5:22 p.m. and provided backup and assistance in securing the scene, and Unit 224 (Officer Steve Harding) arrived at approximately 5:25 p.m. and provided further assistance. R/O said that, to his knowledge, the following persons had occasion to enter the crime scene area and must be excluded by CSU personnel: witness Vanessa Pruitt and himself.

After receiving the report from R/O Watson, R/Is conducted a preliminary inspection of the residence. R/Is observed no signs of forced entry at any entry point into the residence. R/Is then proceeded to the basement.

The basement consisted of three rooms: a large, carpeted room, approximately 50 feet by 30 feet, containing a pool table, TV area, and two tables with seating; a half bathroom, approximately 11 feet by 9 feet; and a utility room, approximately 11 feet by 21 feet, containing a furnace, a water heater and storage cabinets.

There was one exterior door, approximately 22 feet from the bottom of the stairs on the south wall, which was closed and which led to the backyard of the residence. The thumb lock on the door knob of the exterior door was locked, but the deadbolt was unlocked. R/Is observed no signs of struggle in the basement.

Immediately upon entering the basement from the main floor of the residence, R/Is observed the body of an adult male (Person 1) on the floor approximately 7 feet northwest of the bottom of the staircase. Visual inspection indicated the victim was wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt, khaki pants, and brown slippers and had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen area. R/Is further observed an apparent fresh contusion on the victim's face.

The body lay on its left side with the left arm outstretched at an approximate 90° angle to the body and the right arm behind the body at an approximate 30° angle to the body. R/Is noted a semi-automatic handgun on the floor near the head of the body and an empty .45 caliber shell casing near the feet of the body.

R/Is further observed a second body, also an adult male (Person 2), approximately 6 feet north of the bottom of the staircase. Visual inspection indicated the victim was wearing black pants, a gray long-sleeved shirt, black shoes and black socks, and had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. The body lay in supine position with the left arm alongside the body and the right arm raised above the body.

R/Is noted that the carpet under both victims appeared to be saturated with blood. R/Is further observed traces of what appeared to be blood on the carpet in the vicinity of the two bodies. R/Is delayed further inspections of the bodies until the arrival of the Coroner's Inspector.

Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson arrived at the scene at approximately 5:53 p.m. and joined R/Is in the basement of the residence.

Inspector Johnson pronounced victim #1 (Person 1) deceased at 6:00 p.m. by visual observation that the victim was not breathing and by tactile observation that the victim did not have a palpable carotid pulse. Inspector Johnson visually examined the body and observed an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen. No exit wound was immediately apparent. Inspector Johnson noted that rigor mortis was resolving and that fixed lividity was present on the left side of the body.

While she withheld an official estimate pending an autopsy, Inspector Johnson speculated Person 1 had been dead approximately 18 to 20 hours and the apparent cause of death was a gunshot wound. Inspector Johnson indicated that further details would be available in the official autopsy report.

Inspector Johnson pronounced victim #2 (Person 2) deceased at 6:14 p.m. by visual observation that the victim was not breathing and by tactile observation that the victim did not have a palpable carotid pulse. Inspector Johnson visually examined the body and observed an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. An apparent exit wound was observed on the victim's back between the left and right scapulas. Inspector Johnson noted that rigor mortis was resolving and that fixed lividity was present on the posterior of the body.

While she withheld an official estimate pending an autopsy, Inspector Johnson speculated Person 2 had been dead approximately 18 to 20 hours and the apparent cause of death was a gunshot wound. Inspector Johnson indicated that further details would be available in the official autopsy report.

After Inspector Johnson completed her initial inspection of the bodies, she stayed with the CSU team to ensure integrity of the bodies, while the team took photographs of the scene and performed preliminary analyses until the bodies could be removed from the scene without affecting other evidence.

CSU arrived at the scene at approximately 6:12 p.m. R/Is requested that CSU take note of the empty shell casing and examine the scene for any additional casings.

Following preliminary inspection of the scene, R/Is attempted to interview Person 3 regarding her discovery of the bodies but found she was too upset to participate. Person 3 did indicate that Person 1 was her husband, Robert Pruitt. She further indicated that Person 2 looked familiar to her but she could not identify him. R/Is arranged to conduct a formal interview with Person 3 at a later time.

R/Is left the scene at 7:35 p.m. Before leaving, R/I Murphy instructed CSU to seal the scene upon completion or end of day suspension of processing. CSU to notify R/Is of progress by the end of this date. As of this filing, CSU is still actively processing at the scene.

Bodies of the deceased remanded into the custody of Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson. Deceased were removed from scene at 11:01 p.m. and transported to the coroner's office for autopsy.

Evidence remanded into the custody of Forensics Officer T. R. Douglas for transport to the State Crime Lab for routine analysis. CSU is expected to submit an inventory of items taken into evidence within fourteen days of this report, with detailed report(s) of their findings to follow at a later date.

 

 DEFENDANT'S VERSION/REMARKS(What did the defendant say?)

 N/A

 REPORTING OFFICER  Sam Murphy  DATE REPORTED  2-20-2016
 REPORTING OFFICER  //Sam Murphy
 Signature
 633
 Unit Number
 2-20-2016
 Date
 ASSISTING OFFICER  //Ted Armstrong
 Signature
 615
 Unit Number
 2-20-2016
 Date
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  • The dates on the incident report and the neighbor canvas differ as to when the incident happened. Was it on the 19th as in this incident report or the 20th which most people seem to be talking about? Is this an intentional issue? Hmmm.....

    from Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK
  • With no signs of forced entry and the dead bolt not locked could this mean that there was a third person in the house and could there have been hurt due to the blood drops in the vicinity of the bodies are have the bodies been moved.

    If there was a third person would there have been at the house party?

  • I think you should start the investigation with the lady calling her person 1's wife.. you need to get her details where was she on the time of that murder.. I think it will work after reading the whole case...

  • Where did his wife go when she went out of town?? and what time did she get back.

    from E Lufkin Ave, Lufkin, TX 75901, USA
  • I have one question... Was the Mrs. upset when she let the officers in the house? It doesn't seem like she was. But they really don't say, do they?
    Btw... for all you long timers, I'm Cherrie, or Emerald if you remember that far back! Glad to be back!

    from Columbia, MO, USA
  • First of all ,what was the time Vanessa arrived home and why did she check the basement? When was Vanessa supposed to arrive from out of town?How has been the relationship between Vanessa and Robert in the past few months?
    Second of all, if there were no signs of forced entry there are a couple of possibilities: the P2 (person 2) was welcomed into the house or the killer had already the key.There could have been a 3rd person,too also welcomed or.the possesor of a key.
    Was Robert's key found within the house?
    Robert,P1 ,was shot in the abdomen so the killer wanted him to suffer[b]from all I know.a wound in the abdomen takes longer to kill a person...they bleed to death hence the saturated carpet[/b]
    I've yet to find why did Vanessa leave town,what business did she have and it'd be useful to see a registration or something which proves she left town at a certain date and the date pf arrival.

  • I haven't yet looked into the details of this case but my first impressions are that they shot each other.

  • I haven't yet looked into the details of this case but my first impressions are that they shot each other.

  • I haven't yet looked into the details of this case but my first impressions are that they shot each other.

  • Vanessa is out of town, her husband is shot dead and she is the first person to discover this double murder uuuum. How long was she out of town and did she communicated with her husband during her time out of town?How was the relationship between her and the deceased husband?

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