Domestic abuser killed ex, her son and her mom after court denied her request for protection order


A suspected domestic abuser murdered his wife, her 13 year-old son and her mom before killing himself two weeks after the woman’s application for an order of protection against him was denied.

Bo Eugene Savage shot spouse Tirany Savage, as well as Tirany’s son Dayton Cowdrey and Tirany’s mother Kim Lynette Ebright, 58, in Roscommon County, Michigan, on July 10. 

After Savage killed all his family members,  he turned the gun on himself and died of a self-inflicted gunshot. 

On June 7, three days before her death, Tirany, a registered nurse, had filed for divorce.  

Judge Troy Daniel reportedly denied an order of protection Tirany requested stating that she could obtain a restraining order in divorce court, the document said, NBC News reported.   

An order of protection tells one person what they cannot do to another, and what contact is and is now allowed.  

Tirany called 911 twice, twice in late June, telling dispatchers at the Roscommon County Central Dispatch, that Savage was verbally threatening her, the news outlet reported. 

A picture of Bo and Tirany Savage during what appeared to be happier times. In his denial, Judge Troy Daniel wrote that Tirany Savage could request a restraining order in divorce court, the document said. She filed for divorce on July 7

Tirany Savage, 35, (pictured left) was fatally shot along with her son, Dayton Cowdrey, 13, (pictured right) and mother Kim Lynette Ebright, 58, on July 10 by her estranged husband, Bo Eugene Savage

Tirany Savage, 35, (pictured left) was fatally shot along with her son, Dayton Cowdrey, 13, (pictured right) and mother Kim Lynette Ebright, 58, on July 10 by her estranged husband, Bo Eugene Savage

Tirany's 58-year-old mother, Kim Lynette Ebright was also killed in the July 10 murder-suicide

Tirany’s 58-year-old mother, Kim Lynette Ebright was also killed in the July 10 murder-suicide

During her cries for help to the dispatch center, which manages the county’s 911 and police dispatch, she told them that she had requested for an order of protection two days prior.

The following day, Tirany called 911 again alleging her husband was home and ‘slamming stuff around,’ according to the county’s central dispatch, the news outlet reported.  

In the protection orders she claimed her husband had bought a gun, repeatedly threatened suicide and refused to leave the family’s home in Houghton Lake.   

When he recently purchased a gun Tirany feared for the welfare of her teenage son (Savage’s stepson) and her own safety. 

In her request for protection order, she wrote about Savage’s erratic behavior: ‘He has mental health issues [he quit taking his meds] and  recently purchased a firearm and that is concerning to me,’ Tirany wrote ‘He keeps saying he is going to blow his brains out and I do not want my safety or my sons safety in jeopardy.’  

Two weeks later, all four members of the family were dead in an apparent murder-suicide. 

Roscommon County Undersheriff Ben Lowe said on Thursday that a deputy spoke to Tirany by phone on June 26, but not at her home because she was not there. 

The next day, a deputy went back to the home and separated the estranged couple for the day, Lowe said. At that time, Bo Savage took some items out of the house. 

After killing his wife, mother-in-law and stepson, Savage turned the gun on himself with a self-inflicted gunshot, officials said 

Lowe said that during the calls Tirany made to the authorities in June, there was no record of a complaint of a physical assault.

The sheriff’s office response, said Lowe, was waiting to see whether a protection order would be issued ‘because there had been no assault,’ according to reports. 

This wasn’t the first time before her death that Tirany had reported Savage to police.

In October 2018, after he had attempted suicide, according to a sheriff’s office report of the incident, NBC News reported. 

The sheriff’s office told NBC News that on Oct. 11, 2018, deputies responded to the couple’s home on a call for a suicide attempt.    

During the manic episode, Savage appeared to be ‘yelling and breaking things’ Tirany had told authorities. He also appeared to be highly intoxicated and wanted to go to hospital, and was evaluated, a report said.

The July 10 murder-suicide took place at a home on Lake Houghton, located roughly 115 miles north of Lansing, MI. 

Deputies from the Roscommon Township were dispatched to the home around 3:30 am when they made the grim discovery.

Three days before the grisly murder-suicide took place Tirany had filed a protection order. In the complaint she claimed that Savage frequently harassed her, threatened suicide and refused to leave the home they shared. 

When he recently purchased a gun she feared for the welfare of her teenage son and her own safety.   

 ‘He has mental health issues [he quit taking his meds] and  recently purchased a firearm & that is concerning to me,’ she s He keeps saying he is going to blow his brains out & I do not want my safety or my sons safety in jeopardy.’

On two separate occasions, only days apart, June 24 and June 26,  Savage claimed that husband had bought a gun, repeatedly threatened suicide and refused to leave their home located in Houghton Lake, Michigan.

She spoke of his erratic behavior and the abuse she endured and the fear for her safety and her child’s safety.

Her request was denied three days later, nearly two weeks before the family was killed.

In his denial, Judge Troy Daniel wrote that Tirany Savage could request a restraining order in divorce court, the document said. She filed for divorce on July 7.

The protection order that was filed June 24 in Michigan's 34th Circuit Court

The protection order that was filed June 24 in Michigan’s 34th Circuit Court

Tirany spoke of his erratic behavior and the abuse she endured and the fear for her safety and her child's safety

Tirany spoke of his erratic behavior and the abuse she endured and the fear for her safety and her child’s safety

 Nancy Gallagher, Tirany’s divorce lawyer said Tirany had been a domestic violence survivor and that before she met Savage she had been in previous abusive relationship, NBC News reported. 

She mentioned that Savage’s behavior grew more dangerous as Tirany tried to leave him.

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