Garland bike shop employee found murdered inside store, police say
GARLAND, Texas - Police believe a Garland bicycle shop employee killed his co-worker and then turned the gun on himself.
On Thursday morning, an employee at Don Johle's Bike World on Broadway Boulevard called the police saying he arrived to open the business, but found the internal metal gates were left open.
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Police said the doors were locked and there was no sign of forced entry into the building. But when they went inside, they found the body of 40-year-old James Kencheloe, who worked at the store.
"It appeared that he had been shot and left for dead," said Lt. Richard Maldonado, with the Garland Police Department.
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Detectives found security video that helped them identify 58-year-old Wesley Don-Johle as the murder suspect. His mother owns the bike shop and he worked there with Kencheloe, police said.
SWAT officers who tried to arrest Johle at his home in Rowlett found him deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police said there is no ongoing threat to the public.
"We do want the public to know that we believe this to have been an isolated incident to the actual business. We're not currently looking for anybody else involved in this. We believe that this was between these two individuals," Lt. Maldonado said.
They are still working to determine a motive for the murder.
"The investigators will continue to investigate this to see if they can determine why this took place. Why did this happen? So that's where we're currently at now," Lt. Maldonado said.
They hope to interview other employees to find out if there had been any recent tension between the two men.
A woman who works next door said she knew the men casually and never heard of any problems at the bike shop.
She added that when she left work Wednesday night, she noticed the lights inside the bike shop were still on and the gate was still open, which was strange since the bike shop closes before they do.
DJ's Bike World remained closed Friday.
A single bouquet of flowers was left by the front door in remembrance of Kencheloe.