Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Holly Spring Man Shoots Wife, Self

Via the Cherokee Tribune:

A Holly Springs man accused of shooting his wife and then himself has died.

Alva Johnson, 61, died on Friday night at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, according to the Holly Springs Police Department.

Police said they believe Johnson shot his wife, Linda, 64, multiple times on Wednesday at their Holly Street home and then shot himself in the head.

Johnson was transported by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. He then was flown by helicopter to Emory Hospital in Atlanta, where he remained in critical condition until his death.

Police were called to the Johnsons' home at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night to investigate a "person armed" call, and discovered the wounded couple.

Mrs. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.

Relatives have told police the couple faced "declining health issues" that may have prompted the shootings. No charges were filed against Johnson prior to his death.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.

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