Gordon Randal Gwathney, 46, and his wife Lisa Reeves Gwathney, 35, were going through a divorce. Lisa Reeves moved in with her mother Sylvia Reeves, 51, and her grandparents J.O. Mitchell, 81, and Evelyn Mitchell, 79.
Tuesday about 1:45 AM a call for assistance went in to the sheriff’s dept. Allegedly Gordon Gwathney had entered the home entered the home with a weapon. His mother-in-law begged him to pray with her and
“chase out his evil”
but he began shooting. Sylvia Reeves and her elderly parents died from the gunshots.
Lisa Reeves heard the shooting and escaped through a window and went for help. Her brother Travis Reeves lived nearby and he allegedly armed himself and went to the home. Reportedly he received several gunshot wounds during the confrontation. He is reported to have underwent surgery and to be in critical condition.
A deputy who responded to the emergency call was fired upon when he arrived at the scene and was also injured from glass flying from the windows of his vehicle. Gwathney then fled. St. Francis County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Jackson was treated at a hospital and released.
Gwathney has a military background and was fired from a job about 4 months ago due to an alleged road rage incident. He reportedly began working at another job and was also fired there in Jan. The couple had been separated for a while, and Lisa Reeves had recently filed for divorce.
Gwathney was found in Laredo, Texas and arrested. It is believed he was attempting to cross the border into Mexico.