Chilhowie, Va. double-murder suspect found dead in Johnson County

John Able (Washington County, Va. Sheriff's Office)

CHILHOWIE, VA (WJHL) – The suspect in a Chilhowie, VA double-murder was found dead Wednesday evening from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office news release, John Anthony Able, 48, was found dead in an area off Copperhead Hollow Road in the Butler community of Johnson County.

At the request of the 1st District Attorney General Tony Clark, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece and the United States Marshals Service, agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation responded

On Wednesday afternoon, the Washington County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police named Able as the suspect in a Chilhowie, Va. double-murder.

Able was considered to be armed and dangerous.

Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman held a news conference on Wednesday, identifying Jerry Wayne Hargrove, 50, and Debora Kay Hargrove, 58, husband and wife of Chilhowie, Va.,  as the victims in the double-murder.

On Tuesday evening around 5:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a call about a possible double-homicide. Officers found a man and woman dead inside the home.

Sheriff Newman told News Channel 11 multiple weapons were found in the home and the home, he said, was in disarray.

According to a WCSO news release, the victims died from a gunshot wound to the upper torso sometime between Sunday, May 14 and Tuesday.

Able, of Damascus, VA  is reportedly Debora Hargrove’s brother.

Able was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and two counts robbery.

On Wednesday, investigators had not determined a motive for the murders. Authorities in Virginia previously said that additional warrants against Able were pending.

The couple’s remains have been sent to the state medial examiner’s office to determine how long the victimes have been dead.

 

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