Man said wife had been 'mocking' him before murder-suicide

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Posted: Jun 09, 2015 2:42 PM
Man said wife had been 'mocking' him before murder-suicide

ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) — A southwestern Montana man told an acquaintance that he shot his family and planned to kill himself because his wife had been "mocking him and riding him all day," law enforcement officers said.

Anaconda-Deer Lodge Police Chief Tim Barkell on Tuesday released the names of those killed in the quadruple murder-suicide Sunday morning in a one-room cabin in a nearby national forest.

The shooter, he said, was Michael Augustine Bournes. Bournes, 59, previously lived in Taos, New Mexico. His wife was Arie Arlynn Lee, 37. The children were identified as two boys — 5-year-old Augustine and 4-year-old Woodrow — and a 1-year-old girl, also named Arie.

Barkell said Bournes called an acquaintance Sunday morning to tell him he shot his family and was going to kill himself. That man called 911.

Officers arrived to find Arie Lee laying on the kitchen floor, the three children in a bed and Bournes lying next to them.

All five died of single gunshot wounds to the head.

Barkell said Bournes was a handyman who had constitutionalist and anti-government literature in his pickup truck. He said the family moved to the area about three years ago and that they were virtually unknown to any county officials or law enforcement.

The shootings were the "first dealings we've ever had with them," Barkell said Monday.

Barkell released the names Tuesday after notifying Bournes' relatives in New Mexico along with Lee's mother and her brother, who lives in Spokane, Washington.

Blood stains and spent 45-caliber shells were found outside the cabin, indicating the two boys were shot outside, Barkell said.

The cabin sits in the middle of a sprawling property with semitrailers, tents and tools scattered across several acres. Fire officials circled the cabin with police tape, though gawkers were scarce.

"This is the biggest body count I've had since I've been here," said Barkell, who has been in law enforcement for 27 years.