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Body of murder suspect found on Copperhead Hollow Road

The body of a Damascus, Virginia man wanted for first-degree murder in the shooting death of his sister and brother-in-law was found Wednesday, May 17th around 8:00 pm on Copperhead Hollow Road in Johnson County, located in the Butler area of the county.
Johnson County authorities had been assisting in locating the deceased, 48-year-old John Anthony Able.   Police in Washington County had been searching for Able since the bodies of his brother in law, Jerry Wayne Hargrove and his sister, Debra Kay Hargrove were found in their home in Chilhowie on Tuesday. According to Chilhowie Sheriff Fred Newman, both victims were shot in the upper torso.
Detectives from both the Chilhowie sheriff’s department and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations had spent Tuesday into Wednesday morning investigating the scene.  By Wednesday afternoon, warrants were issued for Able.  He was initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery and two counts of use of a firearm while committing a felony.  It was reported that Able took off with a 9mm handgun, a shotgun and a vehicle.
According to Sheriff Mike Reece, Able’s body was found after a call was received by the sheriff’s department stating there was vehicle located along Copperhead Hollow Road and the occupant appeared to be deceased. At this time, it is believed Able shot himself.
Johnson County local authorities were at the scene waiting for Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to arrive.