MILFORD — A conversation turned violent left two people dead in the early morning hours of Sept. 4 in Milford.

Officers from the Milford and Italy Police Departments responded to a "shots fired" call at about 2:30 a.m. to a residence in the 300 block of West Ave.

Milford Police Chief Carlos Phoenix said when officers arrived on scene they found two people dead of apparent gunshot wounds near the porch area of the home. Police later were able to identify the two deceased individuals as John Lambert, 35, and James McCutchen III, 47. Police were able to determine, through the course of the investigation, that Lambert's gunshot was self-inflicted due to the location of the gun.

Phoenix said witnesses stated Lambert shot McCutchen before then turning the gun on himself.

“The only thing that we can figure out is that according to his mother, who was also there and just walked about into the house when it happened, he had been depressed for about six months,” Phoenix stated. “All four of them had been drinking all day.”

According to Phoenix, McCutchen allegedly got into an altercation and struck his girlfriend around midnight. He stated that the group at the residence told McCutchen they disapproved of his conduct.

“’You don’t hit women.’ Phoenix reported about what the witnesses stated at the time. “Then he kept saying, ‘I need to kill myself, I just need to kill myself,” Lambert made a comment as to, ‘We can end this now.’ The guy kept saying that he ‘needed to kill himself.’”

Witnesses told investigators that Lambert stood up, pulled a gun out of his pocket, shot McCutchen and then himself.

Milford Police have closed the investigation. This incident happened before what is believed to be a murder-suicide call that took place the morning of Sept. 5 in the 200 block of Bent Creek Dr. in Waxahachie.

Anyone who may be depressed or have suicidal thoughts is urged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week.