Series of Bizarre Shootings in Downtown Jonesboro Claims Two Lives

November 12, 2003 - Posted at 7:43 p.m. CDT, updated at 9:22 p.m. and 11:30 a.m.

JONESBORO, AR - A late afternoon shooting rocked downtown Jonesboro yesterday.

According to witnesses, a man approached a woman on the parking lot of the Union Planters main bank building at 300 South Church street shortly after 5 p.m and shot her three times with a shotgun, killing her.  According to police, the shooter was the victim's estranged husband, and the two had been engaged in an on-going child custody battle.  Jonesboro police sargeant Doug Formon identifed the victim as Donna Winters, 40, and the suspect as 46-year-old Billy Winters.  The couple lived on Quail Ridge Road in Jonesboro.  Witnesses also tell K8 News the Winters' were in the final stages of a divorce, that may have been finalized yesterday.  The couple had one child together.

Sources say that after shooting the victim, the gunman then fled the scene in a vehicle.  A short time later, police were involved in a standoff with the suspect on the parking lot of Joe's Tire & Auto Service at 2506 East Matthews.  Witnesses say as a police tactical team surrounded Billy Winters' vehicle and demanded his surrender, the suspect briefly exited the vehicle before re-entering it. He then turned on his car's dome light, put a shotgun to his chest and committed suicide.

The case remains under investigation by the Jonesboro Police Department.