American man of Nigerian descent shoots wife, mother in-law over child custody dispute

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An American of Nigerian descent suspected of shooting his wife, killing his mother-in-law and abducting his three-month-old son has killed himself on Thursday morning in Ellis County, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Just after midnight, Obinna Dwayne Igbokwe, 41, was identified in the city of Corsicana in Navarro County — 55 miles southeast of Dallas — when he dropped off his infant son, Mansa Igbokwe, at a local hotel, according to MCSO.

Igbokwe told workers he was coming back and never returned, MCSO stated. Authorities alerted local law enforcement in Navarro and Ellis Counties that Igbokwe was in the area while Corsicana police reunited Mansa — who was unharmed — with his family.

Houston Chronicle reports that around 1 a.m., Ellis police located Igbokwe’s white Honda Accord and attempted to pull him over, according to officials. After a short pursuit, Igbokwe pulled into a parking lot and shot himself.

Ellis police applied life saving measures to Igbokwe but he was taken to a local Dallas hospital and pronounced dead around 5:20 a.m., authorities stated.

Deputies initially responded to reports of a shooting around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the 30100 block of Aldine Westfield Road and found two women with apparent gunshot wounds to the head, MCSO said. Ibokwe’s wife, Tangela Igbokwe, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition while her mother, Linda Larkins, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators identified Igbokwe shortly after as the suspect in the incident and stated he was in a child custody dispute with Tangela when the incident occurred, the press release added.

Corsicana and Ellis police departments alongside Ellis and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Offices are currently handling the investigation, authorities stated.