Harrison County

Police identify murder victims (Updated 6:25 p.m.)

Police have just identified the victims of this afternoon's double-homicide in the Kenwood subdivision as Karen Ferguson, 45 and her son, Trevor Cole Ferguson, 21.

The man suspected of killing them, Paul Ellis Buckman, was found dead in his apartment at Creekwood North Apartments on O'Neal Road.

The mother and son lived on Kent Avenue in Orange Grove.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said he will not release a cause of death on the victims until after autopsies are performed, but the suspect appears to have died from a self-inflicted wound.

Hargrove said police developed Buckman as a suspect after police responded to a call at the home on Kent Avenue.

Buckman, 70, was last seen near the murder scene about 3 p.m., wearing khaki shorts and was covered with blood. A tactical team went into an apartment where they believed Buckman was hiding. He was found dead in the bathroom.

Police blocked the road around Building 3 of Creekwood Apartments. The tactical team left the scene at 4:45 p.m.

According to the Harrison County jail docket, Buckman was arrested on July 15 of this year and charged with sexual battery. He was out on $50,000 bond.

The double homicide was discovered after police received a call about a disturbance and police approached with caution.

Kent Avenue is in the Kenwood Subdivision on Old Highway 49 just south of Robinson Road.

Members of the Orange Grove Church of Christ came to the neighborhood to help comfort familiy members of the deceased. An elder of the church told the Sun Herald that Buckman had attended their church before his July arrest.

Sunherald.com will update this story as details become available.