Police: 8th Grade Teacher Murdered His Neighbors

Cary Heath was arrested Monday at a Texas middle school
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2016 2:18 PM CDT
Teacher Arrested in Connection With Murder of Neighbors
Cary Heath   (Fort Worth Police Department via AP)

Cary Heath was arrested Monday at the Texas middle school where he teaches eighth-grade science a day after police say he murdered two of his neighbors, NBC DFW reports. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, shots were fired shortly before 4am Sunday at a home down the street from where Heath lives. Police arrived to find two men dead in the home's driveway. "From my understanding, the guy had an assault rife," a neighbor who woke up to gunshots tells NBC. "From the looks of it, due to the shell casings, he unloaded the whole clip."

Police aren't discussing a motive for the killings, though the first 911 call from the scene was regarding a robbery. The 35-year-old Heath is being held on $1 million bond and has been placed on administrative leave. The school notified parents of the situation via automated phone messages, WFAA reports. One mother says "it's very scary" that someone suspected of murder was teaching children. "They should be safe over there to get their education and come home," she says. Heath served in the Air Force for 13 years before recently becoming a teacher. (More murder stories.)

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