Police: Pastor kills wife, attempts suicide in Helena-West Helena

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HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — An Arkansas pastor, who is affiliated with Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church-Sandtuck, attempted suicide after shooting his wife in their home, the Helena-West Helena Police Department says.

Officers responded to a domestic call in the 100 block of Oakland Street around 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Upon arrival, the officers heard a gunshot coming from inside the residence.

After entering the home, authorities located 50-year-old victim Chonda Owens who was dead upon arrival.

She was injured from an apparent gunshot wound.

The victim’s husband, 51-year-old Lyndon Jerome Burkett was air-lifted to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He was in critical condition.

According to the report, police received a call from a woman claiming Burkett punched her in the face before they arrived at the home.

Police said the victim’s two grandchildren, ages 5 and 6, were inside the home when the shooting took place.

This is an ongoing investigation. We will update this story when more information becomes available.

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