A drunken domestic dispute turned fatal on Saturday when David Griffin killed his own sister, Denise Dyson, and shot their neighbor Billy Hanks in the face.
According to the BPSO, the crime occurred early Saturday morning at a residence on Humble Road, just off of Highway 389, near Merryville.
Chief Detective Jared Morton said “We received a 911 call at approximately 4:06 a.m. in reference to shots fired at a home on Humble Road. We found one person deceased inside the home, who we identified as Denise Dyson. Another victim was shot in the face but did not receive life-threatening injuries.”
The second victim was identified to be Billy Hanks who lived near the victim and was a personal friend.
Hanks was transported to Beauregard Health Systems to receive treatment. Hanks identified Griffin as the assailant.
The BPSO began searching for Griffin, and through the course of the investigation, that he had fled across the state line to Texas.
The BPSO worked with authorities in Jasper County to locate and arrest Griffin. Griffin’s vehicle was discovered in the parking lot of a motel in Kirbyville.
When authorities arrived at the scene they were able to make contact with Griffin via the landline phone in his motel room. They began to negotiate Griffin’s surrender and hoped to accomplish it without incident. After Griffin communicated with the authorities, they then heard a loud gunshot from his motel room.
When officers entered the room they discovered that Griffin had shot himself in the chest with a .45 caliber handgun. Officers attempted to save Griffin and were able to transport him to a local medical facility, but he ultimately succumbed to his injuries and died.
The crime was described as a domestic dispute, and no direct motive has been released.