Shawnee police have released the name of the 17-year-old who shot a woman and then killed himself in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday.


Shawnee police have released the name of the 17-year-old who shot a woman and then killed himself in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday.

Shawnee officers responded to the home at 803 W. Ninth about 4:54 p.m., where Jonathan Buss Jr. and Valerie Kerr, 38, a family friend also residing there, were both found dead.

Chief Russell Frantz said the investigation indicates Buss shot Kerr in the head with a .45 caliber Remington semi-automatic pistol.

The bullet that took her life passed through her and injured his cousin, Billy Clay Kirby, 42. Buss then turned the gun on himself, the report shows.

Kirby went to Unity Health Center, where he was treated for a wound to his arm and released, the chief said.

Frantz, who said something must have upset or distressed Buss, said, “It’s a tragedy all the way around.”

Information in the police report indicates Buss had the firearm all day and there had allegedly had been words exchanged about that gun before shots were fired.

According to the report, Kirby told officers that Buss had been sick the past couple days and had been arguing with Kerr about the gun, which belongs to he teen's father.

One witness statement shows Buss had the gun and had been “taking it apart and putting it back together,” while another member of the household had previously asked Buss to put up his father’s firearm, the report reads.

Several occupants, including children, were inside the residence at the time of the shooting. No other injuries were reported.

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