Update: Murder Suspect Chevayae Johnson Indicted for June 4th Shooting Death

Published 06/05 2014 01:20AM

Updated 09/04 2014 03:30PM

Chevayae Johnson
Chevayae Johnson
Updated on 09/04/14 at 3:23 p.m.

23-year-old Chevayae Johnson has been indicted on charges of murder and injury to a child for the shooting death of 22-year-old Makayla Bunting on Wednesday, June 4, at the Windsor Place Apartment Complex.

A 2-week-old infant whom Bunting was holding at the time of the shooting sustained an injury to the hand.

Johnson shot himself in the head after allegedly shooting Bunting, but later recovered and was released into police custody.

Updated on 06/06/14 at 10:57 a.m.

According to the Abilene Police Department, homicide suspect Chevayae Johnson has been released from the hospital and is now in police custody.

A murder warrant was put out for his arrest on Thursday after he began to recover from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound following surgery.

Updated on 06/05/14 at 3:50 p.m.

According to the family of shooting suspect 23-year-old Chevayae Johnson, he has undergone surgery and is recovering. The Abilene Police Department also says that though his condition has not officially changed at this time, he is improving.

Abilene PD says that a murder warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for Chevayae Johnson, and his bond on the murder warrant was set at $250,000.

Additionally, a warrant has been issued for a Motion to Revoke Probation, though the Probation warrant has no bond. Additional charges could follow.

The 2-week old infant was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center and is being treated for his injuries. He is in the company of relatives.

Below is more information about the deadly shooting that happened on Wednesday night of June 4 at the Windsor Place Apartment Complex.

The release below was sent Thursday out by the Abilene Police Department and identifies the shooting victim as 22-year-old Makayla Bunting. The alleged shooter was identified as 23-year-old Chevayae Johnson. Abilene PD has conformed that Johnson is the biological father of the children.

The following is from APD:

On Wednesday, June 4, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Abilene Police Dispatch received a 911 call from a concerned family member regarding a domestic disturbance in progress at the Windsor Place Apartment Complex. Officers were dispatched to the scene. As the responding officers attempted to make contact with the residents, they heard two gunshots come from inside the apartment.

The officers immediately forced entry into the residence and located Makayla Bunting, aged 22, deceased in the residence with a gunshot wound to the head. The suspect, Chevayae Johnson, age 23, also appeared to be deceased from a gunshot wound to the head.

The responding officers located two children in the residence, aged 4-years old and 2-weeks old. Johnson is the biological father of both children. The 4-year old was physically uninjured but the 2-week old suffered a serious injury to his hand from an apparent gunshot wound. Ms. Bunting was holding her 2-week old infant when she was shot and the child was removed from her arms by responding officers. The 4-year old was also in close proximity to her mother at the time she was shot. The baby and the 4-year old child were taken from the apartment by the officers and medical assistance was summoned.

As the officers were exiting the apartment with the children, Mr. Johnson regained consciousness and came outside after the officers. The officers, while protecting the children, engaged in an active physical confrontation with the suspect. Mr. Johnson was taken into custody after a taser was deployed.

Medical personnel arrived and the infant was taken to Hendrick Medical Center where the infant was treated and subsequently released to family members and the primary pediatrician after treatment. The pediatrician decided to airlift and admit the child to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth. The 4 year old was released to family members after coordination with Child Protective Services. Mr. Johnson was also transported to the hospital with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Mr. Johnson is currently in critical condition at HMC.

Charges of homicide and injury to a child will be filed at the appropriate time pending the medical recovery of Mr. Johnson. Mr. Johnson is currently being monitored by police personnel at HMC.

Original Story

A deadly confrontation in a south Abilene Apartment complex Wednesday night leaves a woman dead and a baby and a man, believed to be the suspect, wounded.

When police arrived at Windsor Place Apartments around 11:30 p.m. and began to approach the door at apartment 1612, they heard two shots. Abilene Police Spokesperson Sgt. Lynn Beard tells BCH News the officers forced their way into the apartment, then confronted and fought with the suspect. Once he was in custody, police determined the suspect had fired one shot that killed a 22-year old woman and wounded a 2-week old baby. 

Investigators believe the suspect's second shot was to kill himself, but he survived and is being treated at a local hospital. A neighbor at Windsor Place Apartments tells BCH News he heard, "two pops, two thuds, and a baby screaming." The baby was flown to Cook Children's Hospital in Ft. Worth.

We do not know the condition of the baby, however, we are told the bullet passed through its hand.

Investigators tell us there was also a 3-year old in the apartment at the time of the shooting, but she was not hurt.

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