A Crystal River man shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself last Friday inside their home.

Detectives with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit say that 46-year-old Brian Kelley Brannon fatally shot 43-year-old Violet Anne Brannon at around 8:15 p.m. June 7, and then took his own life, according to a CCSO case report obtained Friday. 

Deputies were dispatched to the Brannons’ home on the 4600 block of North Tallahassee Road after a neighbor called 911 to report hearing multiple gunshots.

According to the case report, the complainant told police she saw Brian Brannon outside yelling to her, “I hope you’re happy ... I hope you’re happy,” before going inside his house.

She, along with other witnesses, said she then heard four to five gunshots and then two more gunshots after a brief pause, with one round breaking through a window on the front door, the report states.

Deputies, who had taken up defensive positions around the Brannons’ home, tried to contact the couple on their respective cellphones and through a patrol car’s PA system, but received no answer.

A sheriff’s sergeant and K9 deputy then entered the house and discovered the bodies of Brian and Violet Brannon inside.

Based on evidence at the scene, sheriff’s-office investigators believe Violet Brannon tried to leave the house through a back door when a fight broke out between her and her husband, during which chairs were overturned and her cellphone was broken.

She was then shot multiple times as she tried to make her way through the front door of the home. Her body was found nearby. Brian Brannon’s body was found just a few feet away, with a gunshot wound to the head, according CCSO’s report.

Detectives reported finding a small empty liquor bottle, numerous discarded beer cans and several firearms around the house, and said suspect Brian Brannon was planning to have a standoff with authorities.

A friend of the couple told investigators that Brian Brannon had become more aggressive toward his wife and neighbors since December, and had attacked them in a few instances that either weren’t reported to police or couldn’t lead to his arrest, the report states.

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