Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Man charged with murder of family members is currently in local hospital under armed guard
Paul Tanner Sr. is 82 years old.
FAIRVIEW Paul Alexander Tanner Sr., the 82-year-old man charged with the murder of his son and grandson in Fairview, is under armed guard at a local hospital.
Tanner Sr. is in police custody for allegedly shooting Paul Alexander Tanner Jr., 59, and Ryan Dawson Tanner, 23.
Tanner Sr. is the investor behind a failed bid to build a $750 million domed stadium in downtown Las Vegas in 1996.
Fairview Police Chief Granver Tolliver said both victims died of gunshot wounds to the head. Paul Tanner Jr. was shot once in the chest and once in the head. Ryan Tanner was shot twice in the head. They had been dead several days before police discovered the bodies, Tolliver said.
He said police are analyzing several weapons they recovered.
“At this time, we still do not know exactly when the victims were killed or what precipitated this tragic event,” Tolliver said.
Tolliver told the Dallas Morning News the two men were found dead in their home on Red Oak Trail after police were called there Friday on a welfare check shortly after noon by a family member. Police saw a man slumped in his chair through a window.
Upon entering the home, police discovered the man was dead and a second body was discovered upstairs. The suspect lived in the home, along with the two victims, but was not there during the welfare check.
The suspect was tracked to a hotel room in Addison, where he was found unresponsive and transported to a hospital by ambulance. Tolliver said the suspect had medication on him, but it's unknown whether he took more than was prescribed and was trying to kill himself. He said the suspect is alive, alert, and under armed guard at a local hospital.
“We have significant evidence that points to him being the shooter,” said John Norton, Collin County Sheriff's office spokesman.
Tanner Sr. is being held on $1,000,000 bond for each murder count.
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