Bellville, TX – A tragic incident unfolded in Bellville, Texas on Friday, May 24, 2024, when the Austin County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and the Bellville Police Department responded to a 911 emergency call reporting a shooting at a residence located in the 700 block of Old Hwy 36. Upon arrival, law enforcement officers discovered a dire scene.

The suspect, identified as 17-year-old Kody Lowe, was detained in the front yard of the home without incident. Inside the residence, officers found 74-year-old Karen McAndrews, who had been fatally shot. Austin County EMS promptly assessed the victim and confirmed her death at the scene.

The area was quickly secured by ACSO patrol deputies and supervisors as investigators sought to understand the circumstances leading to this tragic event. The ACSO Criminal Investigations Division, along with DPS Texas Rangers, were called to the scene to assist with the investigation. The Austin County District Attorney’s Office also responded to provide further support to the investigative team.

Kody Lowe has been charged with murder and is currently held at the Austin County Jail. As the community reels from this shocking incident, the investigation remains active, with law enforcement continuing to gather evidence and details surrounding the circumstances of the shooting.

This event has cast a somber shadow over the community as they mourn the loss of Karen McAndrews and grapple with the unsettling nature of the incident. The ACSO has pledged to conduct a thorough investigation to provide answers and justice for the victim’s family. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.



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