Family altercation leads to tragic death

By Bonnie Culverhouse

An altercation between a father and son ended tragically for a local family.

According to Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker, his deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Rayner Road Sunday night.

William Johnson, 58, of the above address reportedly shot and killed his 39-year-old son, William Johnson Jr.

“At approximately 9:20 p.m., the son arrived at the Rayner Road residence in an aggressive manner,” Parker said. “He entered the shop where the dad was located. A physical altercation between the two occurred, and Junior brandished a firearm (handgun) and pointed it at the father.

“The father then got a handgun and defended himself,” the sheriff continued. “The son died instantly of a single gunshot wound to the head. It was very tragic.”

Parker said no charges have been filed, although the investigation is ongoing.

“We will turn our investigation over to the district attorney’s office and let them review our findings and make a determination about whether any charges should be filed,” he said.

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