Bartlesville police release the names of the couple that died in 'murder, suicide'

Posted at 6:15 PM, May 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 00:06:34-04

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - The names of the couple who died in a shooting Saturday have been released by the Bartlesville Police Department.

According to police, the husband was James Delbert Tygart, 44, the wife was Janie Marie Tygart, 42.

Both were Bartlesville residents.

According to police reports, there was an indication of an argument that took place and investigators believe James Tygart shot his wife as she was about to leave the residence. James Tygart then turned the gun on himself, police say.

The report further stated that a 15 year old was in the home at the time, heard the shots and called 911 after finding the two adults. When officers and EMS arrived both adults were pronounced dead at the scene.

The 15 year old was not physically injured.

Investigators say there does appear to be a history of  violence in this case. Records reflect James Tygart was arrested for Domestic Assault in December 2016.

Darrell Mathews said it’s shocking knowing the couple next to his new Bartlesville home were both shot to death.

“Especially not this close, it’s my closest neighbor here so it’s pretty weird,” said Mathews. “It’s pretty sad especially for that 15 year-old kid, losing his mom."

Mathews said it’s sad knowing he never had the opportunity to get acquainted with his neighbors.

“I hope that people can realize that domestic violence it’s serious stuff and if you’re involved in something like that you should get out,” Mathews said.

Investigators said the 15 year-old boy is now with his biological father.

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