Woman dies after being shot in Overland Park driveway

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Five bullet holes can be seen in the windshield of a vehicle at the scene of a shooting in an Overland Park driveway.

NBC Action News reporter Chris Hernandez reports the passenger-side window is also shattered.

Police said the woman shot in the driveway there has died. She has been identified as 56-year-old Debra M. Beaver.

Authorities said they were called to the home, in the 5800 block of West 145th Street, around 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

A Med Act spokesman said they treated Beaver with a gunshot wound to the neck. She later died from her injuries.

Police said they were looking for a man driving a red or maroon pickup truck. Before 3:30 p.m., officers found the person of interest just north of 141st and Lamar, not far from the other location. He was found dead. Police will not say if it was a self-inflicted wound. He has been identified as 58-year-old Barry S. Beaver.

Debra Beaver filed for divorce against Barry Beaver in October and got a restraining order on her husband in November.

A man who said he lives in the neighborhood heard five gunshots, he said, but didn't think anything of it because he thought it might have been a nail gun.

A woman told NBC Action News she drove by and saw a man walking around the car where the victim was located.

Kristi McNerlin with Blue Valley Schools said the following letter was sent around 12:30 p.m. from the principal to the parents at four of the schools in the area of the incident -- Lakewood Middle, Lakewood Elementary, Prairie Star Middle and Prairie Star Elementary.

"Parents,
We are aware of an incident that occurred in the area. The Overland Park Police Department and our Safety and Security team have evaluated the situation and told us that there is no reason to believe there is any safety threat to students. As a precautionary measure only, we are keeping kids inside. In addition there is an extra police presence in the area."

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