Sheriff: Shooting In Peyton A Double Homicide-Suicide

For more than 40 miles and across two counties, El Paso County deputies chased after a man as he sped away from the Peyton home where two bodies were discovered on June 24.

When deputies finally caught up to the man in Lincoln County, he crashed his car--and shot himself.

The chase began Monday afternoon after the Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call regarding a possible shooting on the 19000 block of Oasis Avenue, near Peyton Highway and Judge Orr Road. The call was received after police say the alleged suspect, now identified as James Buchanan, 53, called an out-of-state relative to tell them he had shot and killed his own wife and his mother.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found two dead women inside the home--and saw James Buchanan drive off. Those women were later identified as the man's wife, Annetta Buchanan, 50, and his mother, Grace Buchanan, 89.

The El Paso County Coroner's Office conducted autopsies on Annetta and Grace Buchanan and determined the cause of death for both women was a gunshot wound. Their deaths have been deemed a homicide.

An autopsy on James Buchanan confirmed he also died from a gunshot wound. His manner of death has been ruled a suicide.

During the investigation, including interviews with family members, no obvious motive has been determined.