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Police identify alleged Rancho Cucamonga shooter

July 25, 2011 |  1:21 pm

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Chino police have identified Rancho Cucamonga resident Bobby Joe Winters, 74, as the man who shot his wife to death and then attempted to kill himself as authorities closed in.

Winters drove about 9:30 p.m. Sunday to a Chino home, where his wife was visiting relatives and shot her, said Chino police spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden.

When police arrived at the 12500 block of Arlington Lane, both the suspect and the victim were gone.

While searching for the couple, Ontario police notified Chino police that they had located a woman matching the victim's description in the 300 block of Elm Street, Van Der Linden said. She was taken to a hospital, where she was declared dead.

Around 10:30 p.m., San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies spotted Winters in his car near the couple's Rancho Cucamonga home and approached him. At some point, Winters grabbed a gun and shot himself, the spokeswoman said.

Winters was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. He will be charged with homicide, domestic violence and kidnapping, Van Der Linden said.

Chino officers believe he kidnapped his wife after the initial shots were fired in Chino and left her in Ontario after shooting her a third time. The wife's name has not yet been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.

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-- Catherine Saillant

Photo: The Chino residence where gunshots were reported. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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