CMPD: Ballantyne shooter dies from self-inflicted gunshot after killing 2

John James Bocek

Police today released new details about the weekend shooting in Ballantyne that has now claimed three lives, including that of the alleged gunman.

CMPD identified the shooter as 23-year-old John James Bocek, who died Sunday from what police said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to investigators, Bocek went to a home in the 11400 block of Glenn Abbey Way just before 4 a.m. Sunday in search of a 16-year-old girl who lived there. He forced his way inside and shot the girl’s father, Matthew Allen Chaplin, 51, and her 15-year-old friend, Jenna Elizabeth Hewitt, who was at the house as an overnight guest. Both died at the scene.

After her father and friend were shot, the 16-year-old ran next door and called 911. She was not physically injured.

That’s when Bocek turned the gun on himself, police said.

At the time of the killings, CMPD had warrants charging Bocek with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a crime that occurred at the same home the previous week. In the earlier incident, Bocek was accused of assaulting the 16-year-old and then taking her telephone. Officers had been unable to locate Bocek to serve the warrants, according to a CMPD spokesman.

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