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* Solono Sheriff Is Investigating Murder Suicide Lionel Purkey And Ronald William Johnson At 4700 Block Of Thorpe Road

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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. 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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