Epsom College Head ‘Shot Dead By Husband’
Epsom College’s first female headteacher is believed to have been shot dead by her husband who then killed their daughter and himself in a murder-suicide.
The bodies of Emma Pattison, 45, her husband George, 39, and seven-year-old Lettie were discovered by police at their home on the grounds of the prestigious £42,000-a-year school in Surrey.
Mr Pattison – who had a shotgun licence – is thought to have killed his family late on Saturday night. Earlier that evening his wife made a distressed call to a family member but all three were dead by the time they arrived, The Times reported.
Surrey Police today confirmed it had recovered Mr Pattison’s gun and was treating the case as a murder investigation with ‘no third-party involvement’.
The force also confirmed it had spoken to Mr Pattison about his shotgun licence four days before the deaths after he phoned to inform them of his new address.
It said it has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) ‘as a matter of routine’.
The deaths have been reported to the coroner and post-mortem examinations will take place later this week.
Mr Pattison had not been previously reported to the police, sources reportedly told The Times.
However, in 2016 he reported his wife to Surrey Police for allegedly striking him, the newspaper claimed.
She was spoken to by officers but her husband quickly withdrew the complaint, saying it was trivial.
Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey, senior investigating officer on the case, said today: ‘This is an incredibly traumatic incident and we are working around the clock to investigate and understand the exact circumstances which led to this point.
‘We understand the public concern and upset, and we will clarify what we can, when we can, while respecting the right to a level of privacy for the families of those who have lost their lives.
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