Two adults and an 8-year-old boy died in an apparent murder/suicide Thursday morning, according to Capt. Jack Kennedy of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit.
Kennedy said that deputies with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 9700 block of Charolais Drive in the Hinton Place subdivision around 3 a.m. after a shooting was reported.
When deputies arrived, several witnesses at the scene said that 34-year-old Darrin Lamar Patton Jr. may have shot his girlfriend inside the home during a domestic dispute.
The witnesses had fled the residence before the officers’ arrival and reported that Patton, his girlfriend and her son were still inside.
The tactical unit of the Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene and entered the residence, where Kennedy said that Patton, 29-year-old Derika Shanice McGhee, 29 and 8-year-old Aiden Carter Williams were found dead.
Investigators say they believe Patton killed McGhee, the boy and then himself. Patton was not the father of the boy, Kennedy said.
The deaths represent the first two homicides of 2022 in Tuscaloosa County.
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Three dead in apparent murder/suicide on Charolais Drive, Tuscaloosa deputies say