Son shoots father in reported murder-suicide in Cherokee County

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – The Cherokee County Sheriffs Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place just outside Galena on Sunday, March 29.

According to Sheriff Groves, around 2:30 p.m., law enforcement responded to a call of shots fired at a house on Black Jack Road.

While the investigation is ongoing, authorities say that they’d been called to this residence before for domestic-related issues.

“Our preliminary investigation indicates 50 year old Danny Allen Pennock and his father, 77 year-old Danny Wayne Pennock, were involved in a verbal altercation when Danny Allen Pennock retrieved a firearm, shot and killed his father, before then shooting and killing himself,” according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

One woman was able to escape through a window. Deputies also helped a senior woman escape the home. Neither were injured.

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Apparent Murder Suicide in Rural Galena Sunday Afternoon
03/29/2020

Around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020, emergency personnel were dispatched to a rural Galena Kansas home for a reported shooting. Upon law enforcement’s arrival, they discovered two deceased men inside the home.

“Our preliminary investigation indicates 50 year old Danny Allen Pennock and his father, 77 year-old Danny Wayne Pennock, were involved in a verbal altercation when Danny Allen Pennock retrieved a firearm, shot and killed his father, before then shooting and killing himself,” according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

Two women, who also reside at the home with Danny Allen and Danny Wayne Pennock, were not injured during the shooting.

In addition to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, who is investigating the incident, officers with the Baxter Springs Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks also responded.

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