Man who shot wife at Lexington County home before killing himself is named by coroner

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department

Deputies are investigating a shooting that stemmed from a domestic-related call for service Tuesday morning at a Gilbert home, ultimately leaving one person dead and another injured, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said.

A woman was shot by her husband during the incident at their home near the 700 block of Haskell Road, the sheriff’s department said in a news release. The man left the home and deputies started a search with the help of K-9 police dogs and a drone, according to the release.

Deputies found the man’s body a short time later after he apparently died by suicide, the sheriff’s department said.

“This is an unfortunate situation and the family has some tough days ahead,” Sheriff Jay Koon said in the release. “The woman was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.”

The woman suffered serious injuries, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said. Further information on her condition was not available.

William P. Burrow, a 70-year-old Gilbert resident, died at the scene due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Lexington County Coroner’s Office said.

No other injuries were reported.

Three Lexington County schools were briefly placed on secure status, or lockout, during the search, Lexington 1 officials said.

The schools — Rocky Creek Elementary, Centerville Elementary, and Beechwood Middle — were placed on secure at about 9:40 a.m., Lexington 1 spokeswoman Kathryn McPhail told The State.

“The secure lasted about 5 minutes. I am proud of how our students and staff handled this situation,” Rocky Creek Principal Michelle Smith said in a letter to parents.

None of the schools or students were affected by the situation, McPhail said.

At 10:05 a.m., the sheriff’s department told community members the search was over and there was no ongoing threat to public safety associated with the search or the original domestic-related call.

The investigation into the initial call, search and the man’s death is ongoing, according to Koon. The coroner’s office is also continuing to investigate the death.

“We’re still talking with family members and neighbors in an effort to help us gather as much information as possible,” Koon said. “We’d encourage anyone with details they feel could benefit our work on the case to reach out and share what they know.”