Greyhound bus suicide victim linked to murdered guard in N.J.

Allen Barron
Allen Barron

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A man shot and killed himself this morning behind the Greyhound Bus Station on The Boulevard in north Richmond, according to police officials.

The U.S. Marshals office confirmed that a Fugitive Task Force was trying to arrest the man, identified as Allen Barron, 21.

Barron was wanted by police in Newark, New Jersey for questioning in the murder of Katrina Owens, 37, of South Brunswick, N.J.

Authorities said Owens, a New Jersey corrections officer, was having an affair with Barron, a former convict, who allegedly killed her at a barbecue in Newark early Tuesday before killing himself.

Owens lived in Monmouth Junction, N.J., with her three children and her husband, who is a sergeant in the state Corrections Department. Acting Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said that Owens was having an affair with Barron.

As a juvenile, he was an inmate New Jersey Training School in Jamesburg when she was a guard there. After the shooting early Tuesday, he drove away in Owens' truck, then killed himself in Richmond. Owens was 1 of 3 people killed in separate shootings in a 45-minute span in Newark early Tuesday.

Richmond Police were dispatched at 10:41 a.m.  When they arrived on the scene they found the body Barron, of Pemberton, N.J., outside the bus terminal building, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The U.S. Marshal's Task Force in Richmond had tracked Barron to the Greyhound Bus Station. Moments before the fatal shot was fired, a member of the task force had approached Barron in an effort to make a positive identification. At that time, Barron pulled a handgun from a travel bag and pointed it briefly at the task force member before turning the weapon on himself.

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