Three Coulterville area residents are dead after an apparent murder-suicide. According to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Brian R. Morrison, 35, of rural Coulterville shot and killed his father and mother-in-law, Stanley A. Garbs, 52, and Tamara R. Carroll, 46, both of Marissa. After a domestic dispute, Morrison’s wife called her parents to retreive their children, only to have a confrontation between Morrison and the two victims unfold in the Morrison residence driveway. Morrision allegedly shot Garbs and Carroll with a twelve-gauge shotgun, then took his own life with the same weapon. After the shootings, Mrs. Morrison called 911 and Randolph County Deputies and Coulterville police responded shortly after midnight Sunday. Police discovered the bodies in the Morrison driveway and a second weapon at the scene. Autopsies and toxicology reports are still ongoing.
Report from Randolph County Sheriff’s Department:
On October 3, 2009, shortly before midnight the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a domestic incident involving a man with a gun in rural Coulterville, Illinois. Randolph County Sheriff Fred Frederking states a Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy and Coulterville Police responded to the scene and discovered three deceased individuals lying in the driveway of the Brian Morrison residence. An investigation conducted by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County Coroner’s Office and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services revealed Stanley A. Garbs, age 52 of Marissa, Illinois and Tamara R. Carroll, age 46 of Marissa, Illinois were shot and killed by Brian R. Morrison, age 35 of rural Coulterville, Illinois. Morrison then shot himself, taking his own life before police arrived. All three were shot with a 12 gauge shotgun. Garbs and Carroll were Mr. Morrison’s mother and father in-law.
Mrs. Morrison contacted her parents Stanley Garbs and Tamara Carroll to come get her and her children due to the domestic altercation. After the parents arrived, the situation escalated and Mrs. Morrison called 911 after her parents had been shot. According to Sheriff Frederking, police discovered another weapon at the scene.
The investigation continues awaiting the results of the autopsies and toxicology from Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel. Mr. Dudenbostel also stated the investigating agencies are awaiting results from the Illinois State Police Crime Services.