On today’s date (12-17-20), at approximately 9:55am, the New Braunfels Police Department and the New Braunfels Fire Department were called to the 500 block of Wilderness Way for a report of a possible gunshot victim. Officers arrived on scene and found three people suffering from gunshot wounds in what is being investigated as an apparent homicide/suicide.
A 43-year old female was found with a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene. She has since been identified as Chelsee Dodd of New Braunfels. Next of kin has been notified.
A 10-year old male was also found with a fatal gunshot wound and was also pronounced deceased at the scene. He has since been identified as Trace Dodd of New Braunfels. Next of kin has been notified.
A 16-year old female was found conscious and breathing with a serious, possibly life-threatening gunshot wound and she was transported by ground EMS to University Hospital.
The New Braunfels Police Department Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.) is investigating this case as an apparent homicide/suicide. Preliminary results of the investigation indicate that the two juveniles (who are brother and sister) are victims in this case and the adult female (who is their mother) is the suspect. Justice of the Peace for Pct. 2 Rick Walker has ordered autopsies for the two deceased and the case remains under investigation.
As a precaution, and at the request of the New Braunfels Police Department, Oak Run Middle School, Veramendi Elementary School, and the New Braunfels Christian Academy were placed on a very brief lockdown this morning as officers arrived at the scene. That lockdown was quickly lifted after officers secured the scene and those schools resumed their normal activities.