CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER
LAMPASAS — Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving two women who died from gunshot wounds after one announced she wanted to end their relationship, according to a report by the Lampasas Police Department.
Deborah Chance, 47, and Millie Chance, 24, both died after the incident, which was reported at 11:49 a.m. April 13 in the 700 block of North Avenue in Lampasas.
The report stated police were called to the scene after a 9-1-1 call in which the female caller said “She’s got a gun” and “My wife, I told her I wanted a divorce.”
“A murder-suicide — that’s what we suspect. We believe it was Millie (who made the 9-1-1 call),” Assistant Chief Jody Cummings said. “Preliminarily, it does appear that Deborah Chance shot Millie Chance and then shot herself.”
Authorities were on the doorstep of the home when they heard the gunshots. They then forced entry into the residence.
“We found Millie still alive but critically injured. She was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the back of the head,” Cumming said. “Deborah had an apparent gunshot wound to the front of her head.
“We did find a 9 mm Glock handgun beside Deborah,” he added.
Deborah Chance was pronounced dead at the scene by Lampasas County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Andrew Garcia Jr.
The bodies were taken to the Dallas County Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for autopsies.
Immediately after the incident, Millie Chance was airlifted to Baylor Scott and White-Temple with critical injuries. She was pronounced dead at the hospital on April 15 by Bell County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Don Engleking.
Investigators said they will wait for the results of the autopsies, which could take from six to eight weeks.
The Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation.
The announcement of Millie Chance’s death first appeared on the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, on which staff identified her as a fellow employee. She had worked for the Burnet County Jail.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that a member of our BCSO family, Millie Chance, has passed away,” according to a statement by the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office. “Please keep her family, friends, and co-workers at the Burnet County Jail in your prayers during this difficult time.”
Burnet County employees have started a fund for Millie Chance to help defray the cost of her funeral. Go to gofundme.com/millie-chance-marshall-funeral to support the fund.
A service for Millie Chance is 11 a.m. Friday, April 21, at First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays St. in Round Rock. A graveside service will immediately follow at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, 14501 Interstate 35 in Pflugerville. Motorists in the procession should be aware of several lane and intersection closures along the way to the cemetery.