Victims identified in Jackson County double homicide

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Published: Feb. 12, 2017 at 11:25 AM EST
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By: Lanetra Bennett; WCTV Eyewitness News

Updated - February 13, 2017

JACKSON CO., Fla. (WCTV) -- We're learning new details about a double homicide in Jackson County over the weekend.

It happened Saturday, February 11, around 8:44 p.m. According to JCSO, a woman called 911, saying there was a man with a gun at a residence on Crystal Lane in the Rocky Creek Community.

When deputies arrived, they didn't find anyone. Neighbors told deputies that they heard car doors slamming and a vehicle leaving the residence.

Later, deputies were able to speak with a man who had ties to the woman at the home. After the conversation, the deputy went back to the residence. Two women were found dead inside, suffering from gunshot wounds. The women have been identified as 61-year-old Mary Reed and 33-year-old Kassi Henderson.

Investigators quickly identified the suspect as the same man they had previously spoken to.

After putting out a BOLO, the man returned back to the scene around 2 a.m. and reportedly admitted to the crime. When officers told him to show his hands, he displayed a firearm.

Deputies asked the suspect to drop the firearm which he ignored. He was then shot by a deputy. He was taken into custody and first aid was given until EMS arrived.

Eris Tison lives in the mobile home park. She said, "The first gunshots I heard really shook me up, I was really nervous. Then at 3:00 [a.m.], I heard them again. I said, oh my God. I was shaking like a leaf. You know, because I'm 64 and disabled and something like that I've never encountered before. So, it was very scary."

The suspect has been identified as 75-year-old William Hawk of Fountain, Florida. Hawk is charged with two counts of murder and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Hawk and victim Mary Reed had been in a relationship. The motive for the murders is not known, but deputies are calling it a domestic situation-- possibly an argument that escalated.

JCSO says Reed owned the home and victim Kassi Henderson had been living with her at the residence temporarily.

Deputies say William Hawk also killed his dog at his home in Fountain before coming to Reed's home in Marianna. He also reportedly told deputies that he had been drinking.

The deputy who shot Hawk has been placed on administrative leave, pending an internal investigation. JCSO says the deputy has been with the department for 2-3 years and had previously been named 'Officer of the Year.'

One neighbor, Lonnie Chambliss, says he was Reed's friend. He said, "It feels empty. It really does. It bothers me a lot seeing a sweet lady like her being shot. It really does. I'm empty inside."