KIMBALL, Neb. (AP) - A California man suspected of killing his
ex-girlfriend and stabbing her mother to death shot himself to death after
police cornered him in a small Nebraska town, authorities said.
William Wheeler, 41, of Santa Monica, Calif., shot himself in the head
Wednesday as he faced a blockade of Nebraska police and SWAT officers,
Los Angeles police had put out a nationwide alert for Wheeler after
finding the bodies of Anna Catherine Hughes, 66, and her 37-year-old
daughter, who has not been identified, in their homes Tuesday.
California authorities notified local police at around 4 a.m. MST that
the fugitive may be in the area because his father lived in Kimball.
Officers spotted a car belonging to Wheeler's ex-girlfriend near the
father's house about two hours later. Wheeler fled in a car but was
surrounded by police about eight blocks away.
All schools in Kimball had locked down - with adults guarding all
entrances - earlier in the day, when police notified school officials about
a potentially dangerous situation in the area.
Superintendent Jerry Williams said classes went on as usual, but parents
had been allowed to pick up their children if they desired.
A grand jury will investigate Wheeler's death, which is required under
state law whenever someone dies while in custody or being pursued by law
Kimball, a Nebraska Panhandle community of 2,500 residents, is about
miles northeast of Denver, Colo.