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UPDATE: "That a father would shoot [his] own daughter"

02:43 PM Update:

Rusk resident, Henry Oliver Wendell III, has been arrested and formally charged with murder.

Wendell was released from ETMC where he underwent surgery and treatment for gunshot wonds he sustained on January 15. He has been under armed guard since his admittance into the hospital and was taken into custody upon his release.

He has been charged with 1st degree murder with a bond set at two million dollars.

 

By Bob Hallmark - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

An East Texas man is still in the hospital after, police say, fifty-two-year-old Henry Wendell the Third shot and killed his daughter, and then his son-in-law shot him back.

Thursday afternoon, Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home on County Road 1103, just south of Rusk. Inside, they found tweny-nine-year-old Rachel Halcomb, shot dead. Wendell is charged with murder.  

"It was unbelievable that a father would shoot their own daughter, with two babies," said Nora Greeno, a Rusk native.

On Rachel halcomb's MySpace page she wrote "I am the mother of two rambuncious children. My husband is on active duty in the military. My father lives with me which is a good thing".

"It's a tragic scene for the whole family including the husband of the victim and the extended family," said Investigator Gina Battley.

Deputies say Rachel was arguing over her father's drinking, when Wendell shot her with a shotgun. That's when deputies say her husband, Army Specialist George Halcomb Jr., home on leave from Iraq, pulled a handgun, and shot Wendell twice in the head.

"He's out there fighting for our country fighting for his kids for freedom for us and this happens to him," Crystal Hedricks. "It's a tragic thing for the whole community."

George Halcomb is scheduled to go back to Iraq at the end of this month.

Right now, there is no word on if the husband will be charged with any crime. Funeral services for Rachael Halcomb are pending.

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