3 dead, 1 critically injured in Levy County shooting

INGLIS, Fla. (WFLA) – The Levy County Sheriff’s Office says three people were killed in a shooting in Inglis Thursday. The shooting occurred shortly after 6 p.m.

Walter Scott “Buzz” Terhune, 68, heard gunshots and ran to a house across the street from the Inglis Town Hall to intervene. According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Terhune, a Vietnam veteran, thought the local kids may be in danger. He had no idea he was walking into a dangerous situation.

He got shot and fatally wounded. When Levy County EMS unit and firefighters arrived they found Terhune, who was already dead, and another man on the ground outside of the house. The shooter was still on the lawn. Risking their own lives the first responders pulled the second man, Otis Ray Bean, Jr. 53, to safety. He was taken to a hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The law enforcement units, including US Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task Force, LCSO deputies, FDLE agents and multiple police departments arrived to the scene shortly after the paramedics.

The officers established a perimeter around the house. They saw a man in the window. That was Walter A. Tyson, 57. The officers heard a shot and a loud thud from inside the home.

When officers entered the residence, they found the body of a woman on the first floor. She was later identified as Patricia Tyson, 54. Walter Tyson was on the second floor, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Two guns were recovered.

Officials said the home belonged to the injured victim, whose relationship with the shooter and his wife wasn’t immediately clear.

The investigation continues.

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