Family members identified in Peyton double murder, suicide

Husband, wife, mother die from gunfire

PEYTON, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has identified the victims of a double-murder suicide that happened Monday in Peyton.

According to investigations, officers were called to 19870 Oasis Avenue at 4:15 p.m. on a report of a shooting.

An out-of-state family member called authorities for help after they said James Buchanan, 53,  had phoned them and told them she shot and killed his wife, 50-year-old Annetta Buchanan and his 89-year-old mother, Grace Buchanan.

When deputies arrived at the home, they saw a man leaving in a car. Deputies confirmed two women were dead in the home from apparent gunshot wounds while other deputies began to chase the suspect, who drove east on Highway 94. The Colorado State Patrol also provided assistance.

As the pursuit neared the Lincoln County line, the sheriff's office there joined in the chase. 

The suspect drove around "stop sticks" which were deployed on Highway 94, west of Highway 71.

The suspect turned north on Highway 71 and continued several miles before the Colorado State Patrol was able to safely execute a  "tactical vehicle intervention," causing the suspect's vehicle to lose control and slide off the highway.

As soon as Buchanan's vehicle came to a stop he took his own life with a firearm, the sheriff's office said.

The El Paso County Coroner's Office conducted autopsies on all three and said the deaths of Annetta Buchanan and Grace Buchanan were homicides. James Buchanan's death was ruled a suicide.

Investigators talked to family members and looked for clues in the Buchanan home but no obvious motive has been determined. 

The two deaths were the fifth and sixth homicides in unincorporated El Paso County in 2013.

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