Murder suspect shoots himself while deputies try to take him into custody

New details on the double homicide investigation in Greenville County
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 10:41 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2022 at 2:34 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office announced that a suspect wanted for a double homicide recently shot himself as deputies tried to take him into custody.

Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Specialized Investigations Team (F.A.S.I.T) responded to WoodSpring Suites at Orchard Park to take 57-year-old Jerry Willard Yancy into custody. Yancy was wanted for allegedly murdering Ansel and Alice Bouchillon on June 15, 2022.

According to deputies, they announced themselves at his hotel door and then heard a gunshot inside. Once they got into the room, they found Yancy dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

During their investigation, deputies learned that Yancy was doing contract work for the victim but got into a dispute with them at some point. Deputies believe Yancy went into their home on June 15 and shot both of them. Yancy was charged with two counts of Murder, two counts of Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime and 1st-degree Burglary.

On Thursday, June 17, 2022, the Sheriff’s Office began investigating the murders after a call came in around 9 a.m. concerning two people found dead under suspicious circumstances inside a home along Hunter Road in Simpsonville.

The home is located across from the Fox Run golf course.

The coroner later identified the victims as 66-year-old Ansel Bouchillon and his wife, 65-year-old Alice Bouchillon.

After an autopsy on Friday, the coroner ruled both deaths homicides. He said both victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators in HAZMAT suits were at the scene, along with forensics and the sheriff’s office incident command truck.

“I expect this to be an extremely lengthy investigation because of fingerprints, DNA, photographs, forensic evidence inside and maybe outside the residence,” said Chief Deputy Coroner Mike Ellis. “It’ll be an extensive investigation by all agencies involved.”

Officials are investigating after two bodies were found inside a Simpsonville home/
Officials are investigating after two bodies were found inside a Simpsonville home/(WHNS)

The Bouchillons’ next-door neighbor said investigators came to his home to ask if he had any security cameras that might have captured footage of the incident.

“They were very, very down-to-earth people,” said neighbor Bob Rawley. “They lived here for a long time.”