By: Maxine Ridling
Amarillo, TX - A murder-suicide investigation continues in Wheeler County where police believe a man shot his wife then killed himself. The Wheeler County Sheriff's Office responded to Diamond J Ranch on County Road 19 on reports of a possible homicide yesterday evening.
Because of initial information suggesting that a suspect was barricaded in his house, the Sheriff's Office called the Amarillo SWAT team, the Texas Rangers, and the Texas Highway Patrol for assistance. After the house was cleared by the SWAT team, the scene was turned over to the Rangers for further investigation.
According to the Rangers, 54 year old Raphael "Ray" Johnson shot his wife, 48 year old Martha Johnson and then took off on foot. He was found about half a mile away at another location where he had shot himself. The Johnson residence, which is also a hunting retreat is closed off due to the investigation.
The Texas Rangers and Wheeler County Sheriff's office are both investigating the murder-suicide.