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Three dead in apparent double-murder suicide in Tuscaloosa County

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Three people are dead after a bizarre car chase in Tuscaloosa County.    

Around 12:45 Sunday morning, investigators said, a former sheriff's deputy ran his wife, and, a man who was with her, off the road, killing them, before killing himself.    

It happened in the Fosters community, southwest of Tuscaloosa.     

Red roses now mark the spot where deputies believe Melanie Powell and Ronald "Larry" Hydrick were run off the road by Taylor Powell, a former sheriff's deputy.    

Sergeant Dale Phillips with the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit, said Taylor Powell had some sort of altercation with his wife and Hydrick in Hydrick's front yard, which led to a deadly high speed chase that lasted about five minutes.    

Phillips said Taylor Powell was violent and reckless with his truck, hitting a white pickup truck his wife and Hydrick were in, and possibly firing shots at the two, before the truck ran off a ravine. 

The sergeant added, "His actions seem to indicate that there was more than just I'm going to follow them to see where they were going."    

Phillips said alcohol may have been a factor, but, he can't be certain until test results come back. 

Investigators believe the suspect stopped his vehicle and could see the victim's crashed vehicle at the bottom of the ravine. At that point, deputies said Taylor Powell took his own life.    

Powell worked at the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department for about 10 years in the 90's before leaving on good terms to take another job, Phillips said.    

But there are still employees at the sheriff's department who worked with Powell.  

Phillips added, "Everyone is doing fairly well. It's a shock anytime anything like this happens because this is a pure tragedy for everybody involved."    

Investigators believe Taylor Powell was the only person with a gun in the case.    

Court records indicate that Melanie Powell had filed for divorce from Taylor Powell, on October 17, 2013.

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