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DEKALB & JACKSON COUNTIES, Ala. – The DeKalb and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving two brothers. The investigation spanned both counties overnight.

The two have been identified as R.C. Rush, 53, of Bryant, and Carmon Washington Rush, 54, of Pisgah.

Tuesday night just before midnight the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 call about a shooting in Bryant, in a wooded area off of County Road 290.

“We responded and located Mr. R.C. Rush deceased from a gunshot wound,” says Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen.

Harnen says apparently Rush’s brother, Carmon Rush, was with him and left in R.C.’s vehicle after shooting. “Several hours later after we responded, Ider P.D. and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office located the brother’s vehicle, and then a short distance from the vehicle, located Mr. Carmon Rush deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Harnen explained.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says at 12:48 a.m. Wednesday, his deputies received a call from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to look for a red Ford Ranger that was involved in a shooting.  Deputies found the truck at Ider Church of Christ on Highway 75.  They searched the nearby area, including a hayfield in the back of the church and found Carmon Rush dead.  He had a gunshot wound to the head.
“It appears to be a domestic violence situation but it is early in the investigation,” said Sheriff Harris.  “We are working in conjunction with Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips and his investigators on the case.”

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office got the initial call from someone who had information about a possible shooting, but who that is and how they got that information is under investigation and can’t be released.

As for a motive,  that’s under investigation too, but the Harnen says this doesn’t appear to be an accident. “Just from our investigation and from who we’ve talked to and what we know about the case, we’re not releasing all of the details at this point, but we’re fairly confident that it was a murder suicide,” Harnen explains.

Harnen says R.C. Rush had hunting gear with him, and it appeared that’s what he was intending to do when the shooting happened.

Ider Police and Henagar Police also played a role in the investigation.

Investigators believe the initial shooting happened earlier in the day Tuesday, but it was reported to authorities around midnight.

R.C. Rush lived in Bryant.  Carmon Rush lived in Pisgah.