REFUGIO – A Victoria man's death was ruled a suicide from a preliminary autopsy performed in Lockhart, according to Refugio Police Chief Andy Lopez Jr. on Friday, June 28.
Dennis Fred Heinold, 61, had parked his Dodge SUV in the 100 block of Dunbar Street, locked it, purchased a 12 gauge shotgun at a local gun store nearby, walked out behind his vehicle and used the gun to kill himself on Wednesday, June 26.
A resident along the street reported the shooting at 11:55 a.m.
Justice of the Peace Lorraine Lopez pronounced Heinold dead at the scene and ordered the autopsy.
Heinold was a longtime probation officer in DeWiitt County until 2005 when he resigned after 19 years. He then began doing juvenile probation programs in Calhoun County followed by Refugio County, according to Kate Jones, chief juvenile probation officer in Refugio County.
That death is still being investigated, Lopez said.
An earlier death, considered to be unrelated to the first death, in Woodsboro was reported about 3 a.m. But according to Lt. Martin De Leon, the death probably happened three to four hours earlier late Tuesday night.
Paul Lopez, 43, was found covered in blood in his Woodsboro residence back yard in the 700 block of Borden Road, according to a Refugio County Sheriff's Office press release.
The press release also stated, "It appeared that the deceased had been shot."
Details of that death are sketchy, but Refugio County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Sheldon Wigniton said a coroner’s report was prepared, but the details of the preliminary autopsy report were not available, and the death is under investigation.
No weapon was found at the scene, but some .22 casings were found, De Leon said. However, he added that Lopez was known to target practice back behind his house.
"It is strange we did not find any weapons," De Leon said. The body was not touched so the coroner could accurately determine the cause of death.
Justice of the Peace Emi Riemenschneider was at the scene, and pronounced Lopez dead and ordered the autopsy.
More details will be released as they are found out. In the meantime, sheriff's deputies are investigating leads.
Sheriff Robert Bolcik requested that anyone having any information about the case should contact Lt. De Leon or Sgt. Glen Grasham at 361-526-2351.
Wigninton said the sheriff’s units seen in Bayside on Wednesday answered a call that was a non-related item dealing with a domestic dispute.
“Right now, we don’t have anything to say the two incidents are connected,” Refugio Police Chief Lopez said.
Both deaths remain under investigation, and more details will be posted later.