Murder-suicide under investigation

June 15, 2009 12:26:09 PM PDT
The Solano County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder-suicide that occurred Friday night in an unincorporated area near the Yolo County town of Winters.

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Investigators believe Lionel Clyde Purkey, 56, fatally shot his friend, Ronald William Johnson, 47, around 9:20 p.m. Friday after a brief disagreement inside a home in the 4700 block of Thorpe Road.

Purkey then shot himself, sheriff's Officer Paula Toynbee said. Solano County coroner's deputy Adrian Garcia said Johnson lived in a trailer on Purkey's property.

Garcia said both men were shot at least once in the chest with a shotgun.

The sheriff's office said Purkey's son was home at the time of the shootings and called the sheriff's department at 9:21 p.m.

The incident is still under investigation, Toynbee said.

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