KDH police confirm two dead in murder-suicide

By on September 15, 2022

The Kill Devil Hills Police have issued this press release at about 2 p.m. on Sept. 15 concerning a murder-suicide the previous afternoon.

Here is the information.

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, at approximately 4:15 p.m. Dare County Communications (911) received a call concerning a shooting that had just occurred on Burns Drive in Kill Devil Hills. Upon arrival, officers discovered two individuals who had been fatally shot at a residence in the 200 block of Burns Drive.

Based on circumstances at the scene, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) was called for technical assistance and worked together with Kill Devil Hills detectives to piece together what happened. While aspects of the investigation are ongoing, the Department can confirm that this was a case of a murder-suicide. The victim, Jennifer L. Hultzman, 49, lived at the Burns Drive residence with several roommates including the suspect, Tommy Pursley, 63. Both Hultzman and Pursley had lived on the Outer Banks for many years. For reasons that remain unclear, Mr. Pursley shot Ms. Hultzman on the 2nd floor front porch then entered the residence and shot himself.

The weapon was a 9 mm InterArms semiautomatic handgun that belonged to Mr. Pursley. Mr. Pursley and Ms. Hultzman did not have a relationship beyond being roommates for approximately five years. The Department would like to thank the SBI’s Crime Scene Unit for their help in this investigation.






  • Chief

    What a coward
    Super nice lady taken way too soon………

    Thursday, Sep 15 @ 5:57 pm
  • Inspector Gadget

    What does the brand of the gun have to do with the report? I assume the gun forced the lunatic to commit this act so you want all the other lefties to go after that company?

    Thursday, Sep 15 @ 6:40 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Reading politics into the details of a police report? You’re kidding, right Inspector?

    Thursday, Sep 15 @ 9:43 pm
  • HSnewspapereditor

    No, actually…

    Mark Jurkowitz, Inspector Gadget has a point that needs to be made. You are the one who included the gun specifics…. Just post the entire written police press release.

    You are the local press that the Gov’t reports to.

    You, as the press, have an ethical obligation to share what you learn as “news”.

    That’s why you get access, you are freedom of the press.

    It is un-ethical for a member of the press to hold back, pick and choose what they want to report, or not. Just two words.. Weimar press

    You got a police report from KDH, that us, as KDH citizens, have no access to. Just looked at KDH’s website, could not find it.

    You can lean Left or Right on the political scale as the sole editor on what gets published. and what gets reported. You have to “allow” comments before they get posted.

    Good luck with “allowing” Dare County citizens to post comments on your news stories, when you don’t do your ethical job.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 2:37 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    HS, we published the KDH police press release word -for-word as we received it. We omitted or added exactly zero.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 9:15 am
  • Chief

    Shallow you are,

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 5:06 am
  • Jeff Walker

    For Inspector Gadget so loved his guns, he gave his only begotten reading comprehension skills. Sheesh.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 8:27 am
  • Bob

    It would seem to me that unless the police report was copied 100% word for word, the politics were imparted by this publication by making sure the firearm details were included.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 8:33 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Bob as I told HS, we reprinted the release word for word as we received it. So there’s that.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 9:17 am
  • tom

    how do we know they didn’t have a relationship?

    you shouldn’t plant random pieces of information that can not be verified in your article. Even you say in the article, “for reasons that are unclear”… unclear because we dont know what happened.

    very poor journalism standards, but what else do we expect from “journalists” today. im surprised the gun wasn’t described as fully semiautomatic.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 9:05 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Tom, here’s a little information about journalistic standards. We do not publish speculation or rumors about criminal events. And we don’t “plant information.” We publish official information that we receive from law enforcement sources who are familiar with the details and who were at the scene and who conducted the investigation. They tell us what they know and what they don’t know, and we convey that to the public. You are free, of course, to do your own investigation if you are unsatisfied with what the police report.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 9:22 am
  • John Reston

    It’s almost entertaining that folks like ‘Inspector’ assume ‘lefties’ are 100% anti-gun. That could not be further from the truth. It’s just that many gun owners don’t fetishize their collections. Plenty of liberal/independent gun owners out there. They just aren’t so insecure that they need to parade them all over social media.

    But like I said, It’s ~almost~ entertaining. The entire theater surrounding American gun ownership is quite droll & perverted.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 10:56 am
  • resident

    some of you sound ridiculous bringing politics into this. This is part of the problem with this country.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 11:09 am
  • A local

    Go fill out the form and get the report if you’re so worried about it. I’ve read hundreds of police reports and it’s not unusual to give very detailed descriptions for things that are going to be introduced as evidence to a crime. I’ve seen brand names of knives, bats, items stolen, and yes, guns.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 11:55 am
  • C A

    I find it more alarming, and sad we’ve had a murder-suicide in our community.

    Though I’m not sure exactly how it could have been prevented at this point, but two people lost their lives that assuredly didn’t need to.

    I as well did not experience any breaches in journalistic integrity, and as a long time reader here, have not.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 12:05 pm
  • Glenn

    My deepest sympathies to the families & friends of who those we lost. May they Rest In Peace.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 2:08 pm
  • WindyBill

    The sympathy needed by the family and friends of the victim should not be violated by this plain and political BS. Further proof that the OBX has its proportionate share of nutcases, and that they are louder than most everyone else. Guess they have to be, since they are so much less significant.

    Friday, Sep 16 @ 3:01 pm
  • Jorge Diax

    Permit me to steal a line from the great Mark Twain, “Never start an argument with a man who buys ink by the barrel.”

    Sunday, Sep 18 @ 1:41 pm
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