Suspect, Victim Identified in Prairie City Murder-Suicide

PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa – The suspect and victim in a Prairie City murder-suicide that occurred on Sunday have been identified by police.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., the Jasper County Sheriff’s Officer responded to 405 N. Orchard Street after a caller told them he killed a male at the residence. The caller stated he was going through a divorce and he arrived at the residence and found a male in his wife’s bed and shot him.

The caller, identified as 32-year-old Christopher Tetrick, also indicated he was considering harming himself.

Authorities arrived at the scene and searched the residence where the found the body of 30-year-old Harmon (Wes) Wright III in the basement. Harmon had suffered several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Law enforcement officers then found the body of Tetrick in the detached garage of the residence. Tetrick suffered a single gunshot wound and was also pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no other people at the residence at the time of the incident, according to authorities.

The case has been officially ruled a murder-suicide.