Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Greenville Co, S.C: Deputies: Couple dead after domestic dispute


A husband and wife are dead after a domestic dispute Wednesday morning, deputies said.

Master Deputy Jennings Autrey said the Sheriff’s Office was called about a domestic disturbance at about 9:15 a.m. He said deputies responded to the home within minutes.

Deputies said the shooting happened at a home on Geer Highway. Deputies initially thought a shooter might still be in the house, but later determined that both people involved had died.

Coroner Kent Dill said Donnie Roger Redding, 52, and his wife, Rebecca "Becky" Ann Redding, 49, died at the scene. Becky Redding was four days from her fiftieth birthday.

Autrey said Donnie Redding shot his wife with a long gun, and when deputies arrived, Redding shot himself with the same gun.

Speaking of his brother, Calvin Redding said, "I'd like everyone to remember him for the person he was. He was a good person. He always tried to do right."

A witness at the scene, Storm Hawkins, said that he went to the home this morning to help Becky Redding move out. He said she was his mother's friend. Hawkins said when he first arrived at the home, one deputy was there, but within moments a large number of deputies “swarmed” the home.

Hawkins said he was grateful he had not arrived earlier.

“God was looking out for me,” he said.

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