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Two dead in shooting at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

Updated 1-23-2014 - 6:40 p.m.

Update—The recent murder of Nathan and Crystal Maddox during a pending child custody case has prompted the court to grant Child Protective Services an order to remove the daughter of Nathan Maddox and Kristen Westfall from the home of her maternal grandparents, who have custody of the child.

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Department reports that removing the child is a safety issue.

“For the safety of the child, CPS got a court order to remove the child from the maternal grandparent’s residence,” said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan “We cannot say where the child will be placed as that is a matter for CPS.”

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Department and investigators have also sent sixteen items of evidence in the case for forensics testing. 

Updated: 12:30 P.M. CST - Reward increased to $2,000 for information.

Updated: 1-21-2014 (Added Photo)

by Emily Waldrep

 

The recent murder of Nathan and Crystal Maddox during a pending child custody case has prompted the court to grant Child Protective Services an order to remove the daughter of Nathan Maddox and Kristen Westfall from the home of her maternal grandparents, who have custody of the child.

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Department reports that removing the child is a safety issue.

“For the safety of the child, CPS got a court order to remove the child from the maternal grandparent’s residence,” said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan “We cannot say where the child will be placed as that is a matter for CPS.”

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Department and investigators have also sent sixteen items of evidence in the case for forensics testing. 

On January 18 at approximately 12:25 p.m., Tyler County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call  reporting that gunshots had been fired at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church and that one person was down. When Tyler County Sheriff's Deputies arrived they found two subjects down at that location. Both were pronounced dead just a short time later on the scene.

Nathan and Krystal MaddoxNathan and Krystal MaddoxThe two deceased victims were identified as Nathan Bradly Maddox, age 35 and Krystal Renee Maddox, age 30.

The actor or actors had fled the scene before deputies had arrived. Tyler County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers are processing the scene and interviewing witnesses and persons of interest at this time.

Nathan and Krystal Maddox were at the scene at the time complying with supervised visitation with Nathan Maddox's child. There was a pending child custody case between the deceased Nathan Maddox and his ex-wife, Kristen Westfall Maddox. According to Tyler County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, both victims were ambushed directly in front of the Mount Carmel Baptist church steps upon leaving the visitation.

"All leads are being followed at this time and more information will be released as details are gathered," Ryan said. "As of this time, no arrests have been made."

Maddox's child was still in the building during the shooting and was not harmed.

"There were no witnesses at the church who saw any shooters," Ryan said. "We do have a ton of leads we are following."

According to officials, the autopsy on Nathan and Krystal Maddox was completed on Monday evening.

The Sheriff's Department is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone who gives information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the actor or actors in this case.

Any tips can be called into 283-2172.