By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
A dispute over a truck may be the motive behind what police believe is a murder-suicide that took the lives of two men in Garden Grove.
Dead are Donald Homer Shinkle, 80, and his roommate James Leon Howieson, 50.
According to Lt. Travis Whitman of the Garden Grove Police Department, officers were sent to an apartment in the 13200 block of Magnolia Avenue at 10:51 a.m. Monday to check the welfare of Shinkle.
His son had contacted police because he was worried about his father’s welfare. The situation was made more worrisome because Howieson had been seen driving Shinkle’s truck, of which the older man was “very protective.”
Police and family members entered the apartment and found the body of Shinkle in a closet. While the cause of death was not revealed immediately, police feel it was a homicide.
While police and Orange County Crime Lab personnel were further investigating the case, it was learned that Howieson had committed suicide in the 6900 block of Garden Grove Boulevard in the City of Westminster on Sunday morning.
Police say Howieson shot himself in the head with a shotgun. He had Shinkle’s 2000 Ford pickup truck.
The investigation is continuing.