Authorities in Texas say a man who reported his ex-wife died by suicide on his birthday in October 2021 has now been charged with murder.
Bruce Allen Hansona 64-year-old man from Wichita Falls reportedly told police the 65-year-old Vicky Hanson turned the gun on himself in a bedroom on his birthday. But investigators believed several aspects of Hanson’s story didn’t add up — and the Wichita County grand jury agreed.
On Monday, Hanson was charged with “willful and knowing cause.”[ing] the death of a person, namely Vickie Hanson, by being shot with a gun.” The alleged offense is First Degree Murder.
The indictment alleges that Hanson intended “to cause serious bodily harm to any person” and “to commit an act which was clearly life-threatening which caused the applicant’s death by shooting and/or firing a weapon at her and /or fired a gun in their direction.”
Vickie Hanson was a mother of two and grandmother of four.
Bruce Hanson was originally booked by the Wichita Falls Police Department on January 25, 2022 and held on a $1 million bond.
That day the police department booked on Hanson’s arrest in the October 14, 2021 assassination:
“WFPD officers responded at approximately 4:30 p.m. on 10/14/2021 at the residence at 6715 Geronimo to investigate a possible suicide,” the department said. “Officers arrived and spoke to Bruce Allen Hanson, 64, who said his wife, Vickie Ante Hanson, 65, died in their master bedroom.”
Cops said Bruce Hanson smelled of alcohol and appeared at the scene intoxicated.
KFDX reports that authorities believed Hanson was a suspect because he told investigators conflicting details about what happened and a demonstrable untruth.
Hanson reportedly had gunshot residue on his hand, although he claimed he did not touch the gun. The suspects’ story was further unraveled when an investigator determined the victim had no powder burns to support claims that she shot herself in the head, the report said.
The investigation dragged on for months, but Hanson was arrested just hours after the warrant was issued on Jan. 25.
After the arrest, there was some confusion about the relationship between the suspect and the victim. Police officers had identified Vickie Hanson as Bruce Hanson’s wife, but Vickie’s daughter said the relationship was more complicated.
“Vickie was my mother. To be clear, they were only married a few years in the ’80s. They lived together for a time, but were not married. I am grateful for the work of the WFPD and the detective in charge of the investigation.” Christie Wise it said in a Facebook comment under the police announcement of the arrest of the suspect.
Wise later said that Hanson’s abuse of her mother was the reason for the divorce.
“He broke her jaw, broke her nose, shattered her eardrum, so she couldn’t hear through the eardrum,” Wise said said KDFX. “I moved in with my dad when I was 14 because of the situation with Bruce and my mom.”
After the divorce, Wise said, her mother and the suspect bought a house together in the 1990s and moved back in together, but never remarried.
Vickie Hansons LinkedIn page says that she ran a restaurant at Sheppard Air Force Base for many years while employed by Work Services Corporation. A 2009 article highlighted Vickies hard work through a historic Christmas storm to feed aviators in training:
One of the most important of those missions was to ensure food was provided to the more than 200 Airmen-in-training who remained at Sheppard during the Exodus – a task that falls to the Work Services team.
Labor supervisor Vickie Hanson didn’t leave the base for four days and slept at the Sheppard Inn at night to ensure the Tumbleweed Dining Facility remained open to aviators.
“We strive to never let our troops down,” she said, “and I’ve never closed a facility because of the weather.”
Wichita County records reviewed by Law&Crime show that Bruce Hanson was also charged in 1987, 1990, 1990, and 1992 (the first two charges were on DWI counts; the third was on stealing equipment from a oil field; the 1992 indictment appears to have followed a judgment and sentence).
Shocking the suspect allegedly told the police that Vickie baked a cake for him on the day she died – which was also his 64th birthday.
Hanson’s warrant and indictment are below:
[Image via Wichita Falls Police Department]
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