Chatham Co. Coroner identifies 2 involved in murder-suicide

Chatham Co. Coroner identifies 2 involved in murder-suicide

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -The Chatham County Coroner has identified two people that were involved in what appears to be a murder-suicide that happened on Monday.

Police have identified the deceased as 74-year-old Thomas Burnette and 78-year-old Susan Burnette.

Thomas Burnette retired in 2001 as a U.S. Army Lieutenant General (3-star).

The Chatham County police report says officers were initially called to the home in Southbridge after the couple’s daughter got an alert that their house alarm was going off.

Police found the Burnette’s bodies upon entering the home. The police report says a black pistol was found in Thomas’ hand.

Neighbors say that the Burnettes were well liked, “a wonderful couple." Property records show they shared the Myrtlewood Drive home for nearly 18 years.

Neighbors we spoke to didn’t want to talk about the couple on camera, but they remembered them fondly. One man living across the street simply described Tom as a great man. A neighbor next door said they always said ‘Good Morning,’ and says it just broke their heart to hear the news.

The coroner says both bodies went to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsies Tuesday morning. He says these kinds of situations are always difficult to handle.

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