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Woman, Suspect Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police say that the suspect in a deadly shooting of an Overland Park woman has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to Overland Park Police, the suspect, identified as 58-year-old Barry S. Beaver, was found dead and slumped over the steering wheel inside a red pickup truck in a field near 141st Street and Lamar.

The discovery came after a woman, identified as 56-year-old Debra M. Beaver, died from gunshot wounds she sustained in a parked car at a home in the 5800 block of W. 145th Street around 10 a.m. on Thursday. According to police, a neighbor reported hearing as many as five gunshots shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Police say that after Debra Beaver was shot, her car rolled down their driveway, across the street and into a neighbor’s yard.

“I was in my kitchen and I heard what I thought were gunshots,” said Rob Jones, a neighbor who heard the shots. “I’m a retired battalion chief, and I’ve heard gunshots before and it sounded like gunshots, but I didn’t really think about it because there are roofers in the area.”

Emergency crews transported Beaver to an area hospital where she later died. According to court records, Debra Beaver had filed a stalking protection order against Barry Beaver last fall. The couple had filed for divorce last October – the marriage was Barry Beaver’s third.

The husband of one of Beaver’s ex-wives told FOX 4 that Beaver was never violent, and that Beaver and his wife had two children together and that he saw him often.

Court records show that Barry Beaver filed for divorce last October, and that he had kept the home that the Overland Park couple had shared. Debbie Beaver then stayed with friends until she filed the stalking protection order through Johnson County and the Overland Park Police Department in November, at which time she moved back into the house and Barry Beaver moved out.

Neighbors like Jones say that they knew nothing about the Beaver’s turbulent relationship.

“I had known them because they were backyard neighbors, but I had never met them,” said Jones.

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