Natchez police investigating murder-suicide

Published 9:05 am Wednesday, May 16, 2012

NATCHEZ — Natchez police are investigating a murder-suicide this morning that left a husband and wife dead.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office has this photo of Daniel Holt on file from a previous arrest. Holt died Wednesday morning.

Natchez Lt. Craig Godbold said Daniel Holt approached his wife, Erica Holt, while she was in her car at the Exxon gas station at the intersection of Homochitto Street and John R. Junkin Drive early this morning.

Daniel reportedly shot Erica, who was an employee at the store, and fled the scene, Godbold said.

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Godbold said Natchez police and Adams County Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate Daniel after he wrecked his car on Melrose Avenue. Godbold said while police were approaching Daniel, Daniel shot himself.

Adams County Coroner James Lee said Erica was shot multiple times, and Daniel suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. Lee was called to Natchez Regional Medical Center, where Erica was pronounced dead at 6:45 a.m. He was called to Natchez Community Hospital, where Daniel was pronounced dead, at 7:10 a.m.

Godbold said there was a history of domestic violence between the couple.