Boone County Sheriff’s Office investigating deaths of father, 2 children


Boone County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 10:36 a.m. Sept. 21 from a concerned mother, Stephanie Reece, stating her two children had not made contact with her since late last night. The children, Harrison and Shelby Hunn, were staying at their father’s home at 515 S. 900 East in rural Zionsville.

Reece was contacted by Zionsville Community Schools when her children failed to report to school. Reece immediately attempted to contact the children and their father, Michael Hunn. After numerous unsuccessful attempts via cell phone, she drove to Michael’s home. When no one answered the door, she called 911 to have deputies conduct a welfare check.

BCSO deputies arrived on scene shortly after receiving the call.

Deputies entered the home and found Michael, a 50 year old male, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. They also located the 15-year-old son, Harrison, and the 13-year old-daughter, Shelby. Both were deceased from apparent gunshot wounds, in their respective bedrooms.

“It appears it was done overnight while (the children) were possibly sleeping,” said BCSO Sgt. and Public Information Officer Chris Burcham.

Deputies secured the scene and called for additional assistance. The incident is being investigated as a double murder / suicide.

“At this time, we believe this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public,” said BCSO in a media release. “We all have faced yet another tragic event here in Boone County. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the family, the community, Zionsville Schools, and the public safety personnel that responded.”

The Hunns were divorced Nov. 2017 and shared custody of the children. This week was a regularly scheduled visitation for Harrison and Shelby to stay with Michael.

“We have not discovered a motive at this time,” BCSO said in a media release. “The investigation will be ongoing. We will continue to pray for the family in this horrible tragedy.”

At 4:30 p.m. the coroners were preparing to transport the bodies.

“We will dig deep to figure out exactly what occurred here,” Burcham said.