The Michigan woman who was murdered by her estranged husband this month after a judge rejected her request for a protection order had called 911 twice in the days after she requested the warrant, saying her husband was harassing her. , the authorities said.
Tirany Savage called on June 26 while she was not at home and said her husband, Bo Eugene Savage, had verbally threatened her, according to the Roscommon County Central Dispatch, which manages the county’s 911 and police calls. During the same phone call, she told a dispatcher that she had filed a protection order just two days earlier.
She called 911 the next day, saying her husband was at home and “walking around with stuff,” according to the county’s central department.
About two weeks later, 35-year-old Tirany Savage, her son and her mother were found dead, along with Bo Savage, who, according to authorities, died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
The Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office, the central department said, was notified of both calls in June.
Roscommon County Deputy Sheriff Ben Lowe said Thursday that a deputy sheriff was unable to meet with Tirany Savage on June 26 because she was not home, but spoke to her by phone. A deputy sheriff went to the Houghton Lake home the next day and divorced the estranged couple, Lowe said. He noted that there was no complaint of a physical assault on either call that Tirany Savage made to authorities in June.
Lowe said of the sheriff’s response on June 27: “The deputy let him… [Bo Savage] get some things out of the house and separate them for the day so there are no problems.” He said they were waiting to see if a protection order would be issued “because there had been no attack”.
This was not the first time before her death that Tirany Savage had reported her husband to the police.
The sheriff’s office told NBC News that on October 11, 2018, deputies at the couple’s home responded to a call for a suicide attempt.
Once there, officers spoke to Tirany Savage, who said her husband was very upset, screaming and breaking things before trying to take his life, according to a sheriff’s report on the incident.
The officers found Bo Savage on the ground. When he woke up, the report said, he appeared drunk and told deputies that he was “all the time having thoughts of harming himself”.
He told deputies he wanted to be treated in a hospital, and he was being transported for an evaluation, the report said.
Judge denies protection order for murders
Tirany Savage filed a protection order with the 34th Circuit Court in Michigan on June 24, alleging that her husband had bought a gun, repeatedly threatened suicide and refused to leave the family’s home in Houghton Lake.
In her protection order request, Tirany Savage wrote of her husband’s threats and recent behavior: “He has mental health issues (he stopped taking his meds) and recently bought a firearm and that worries me. He keeps saying that he’s going to blow his brains out and I don’t want my safety or my son’s safety in jeopardy.”
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 file a restraining order with the divorce judge, the document said. She filed for divorce on July 7.
On July 10, officers in Roscommon Township, about 115 miles north of Lansing, were sent to a home at about 3:30 a.m. and found the bodies of Tirany Savage; Bo Savage, 35; her son, Dayton Cowdrey, 13; and her mother, Kim Lynette Ebright, 58, said the county sheriff’s office in a press release.
The sheriff’s office announced Friday that Bo Savage had legally obtained a handgun found at the scene. According to autopsy reports, Tirany Savage, her son and her mother died of gunshot wounds in a murder. Bo Savage committed suicide by gunshot, the sheriff’s office said.
Daniel, the judge, and Nancy Gallagher, Tirany Savage’s divorce attorney, did not immediately return requests for comment on Thursday.
‘She had so much for her’
Gallagher told NBC News last week that Bo Savage’s behavior seemed to become increasingly dangerous as Tirany Savage tried to leave him.
Bo Savage became “more manipulative, more controlling,” Gallagher said.
Gallagher said she was impressed with Tirany Savage because she was a domestic violence survivor who had also been involved in an abusive relationship before. Despite that, she had managed to “steer herself through nursing school,” Gallagher said.
“She had so much going for her and she just did it so well in so many ways,” she said. “I want it to be known – she wasn’t one to make terrible decisions.”
Tim Stelloh and Erik Ortiz contributed.