Police in Houston, Mo. investigating a murder-suicide

Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 7:22 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2022 at 2:33 PM CST
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HOUSTON, Mo. (KY3) - Investigators ruled the death of a man, a woman, and their son as a murder-suicide in Houston, Mo.

Police responded to a house just before 8 p.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Sommerfield Drive to assist EMS with an unresponsive man. When police arrived, they found the body of Gregory Pardun, 66, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police searched the house and found the bodies of Deborah German, 57, and a 16-year-old male with gunshot wounds. Investigators believe Pardun shot and killed his wife and son before turning the gun on himself.

Neighbor Shelly Gilbert said the three kept to themselves and didn’t go out much. She described it as a scary surprise.

“This is very quiet, nice, everybody’s nice around here and I’ve never associated with them at all,” said Gilbert.

Neighbor Fred Fromm, who has lived by the home for seven years, said he didn’t know what the flurry of police was.

“With the haze of blue lights, I couldn’t exactly see what was going on or exactly what house they were going to,” said Fromm. “A friend of mine called me up and asked me what was going on and I said I have no idea, so I’m just trying to sort out what’s going on.

Gilbert said the neighbors were nice but mostly only stuck to themselves.

“I’ve never talked to them,” said Gilbert. “The only time I’ve seen them is in their car going by. They’re not outside people. Nothing.”

Chief Evans said another family member found the father, Pardun, unresponsive. Evans also said the gun used was a .22 rifle. He says this kind of act is rare for Houston. Evans said the last homicide they had was in June of 2021. And before that homicide, it was 25 years prior.

“Everyone’s on edge,” said Evans. “Several people reached out to us today to make sure we’re doing okay and just talking about how tragic it is here in our little town.”

Gilbert said she moved here to get away from crime.

“In the three years I’ve been here, I’ve never seen this,” said Gilbert.

Fromm said in this tight-knit community, help is just down the street.

“This is a wonderful place to live, but it’s sad things like this to happen,” said Fromm. “There’s a lot of help to be had and all you have to do is talk about it, ask.”

Police said this is an ongoing investigation. Chief Evans said this was a joint effort between Missouri State Highway Patrol, Texas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Houston Fire Department.

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