Husband of Irmo shooting victim 'acted in self defense'

Investigators at the scene of a double murder in Irmo April 13th.

IRMO, S.C. (WACH) - The attorney for the only survivor of a double shooting in an upscale Irmo community says his client acted in self-defense.

For almost three weeks, what happened at a home in the Ascot Estates subdivision on Friday, April 13 has been a mystery. The Richland County coroner and sheriff's department have released few details about the shooting.

Tammy Parker, 42, and Bryan Capnerhurst, 46 were killed. Parker's husband, Brett, was home at the time of the shooting and has been questioned by investigators, but no charges have been filed in the case.

On Monday, Brett Parker's attorney, David Fedor, offered his explanation of what happened that day.

Fedor says Parker invited Capnerhurst to the couple's home on 12 Tackeria Court and had been there before. Fedor says Capnerhurst had a gun. At some point, the attorney says Capnerhurst shot Tammy Parker then pointed the gun at Brett and ordered him to open his safe.

Fedor says Parker had a gun in the safe and used the weapon to shoot Capnerhurst in "self-defense."

Fedor says he doesn't know why Capnerhurst shot Tammy Parker, but adds it happened before Capnerhurst turned the gun on Brett Parker.

Rumors have been circulating throughout the community that Capnerhurst and Brett Parker were involved in a gambling ring and that Parker owed Capnerhurst money. Fedor says he "doesn't know anything" about a gambling ring or whether his client owed any money.

Richland County authorities did not comment on Fedor's claims Monday, and simply said the case is still under investigation.

Deputies have released one page of an incident report from the day of the shooting. The rest of the report has not been released due to information linked to the investigation.

However, the page that was released shows Brett Parker called 9-1-1 to alert authorities about the shooting shortly before 1pm on April 13, and was waiting for deputies in his driveway when they arrived.

Parker and his wife, a pharmaceutical representative, had two children.

Capnerhurst, who worked for the Lexington County Recreation Commision for more than two decades, had three children.