Murder-suicide Wednesday night in Victoria

Shooter found six hours later in Lavaca County with self-inflicted gun shot wound

VICTORIA, Texas – On Wednesday, March 2, just before 11:30 p.m. the Victoria Police Department responded to a shooting in the 1200 block of Poplar Avenue. Authorities said John Seals, 39,  shot and killed his wife, Destinee Verno, 41. After the shooting he left in a white Toyota 4-Runner. Surrounding law enforcement agencies were issued a be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle.

A Victoria Police Department detective located the suspect’s vehicle on U.S. Highway 77 North and followed it to Lavaca County until backup arrived. The vehicle came to a stop at Shiloh Community Center at 5:22 a.m. As law enforcement approached the vehicle to take Seals into custody, Seals was found with a fatal self-inflicted gun shot wound.

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.