Former Lamar policeman, estranged wife dead in apparent murder, suicide

Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

Missouri Highway Patrol investigators were called to help the Barton County sheriff’s office investigate the shootings of three people early Tuesday in Barton County.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Watson said sheriff’s officers and emergency medical personnel answered a 911 call from a home a mile southwest of Lamar shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, and found Cheryl Thompson, 67, Lamar, outside the home with life-threatening injuries. She was flown to Cox South hospital in Springfield.

Officers found the body of Dana Ison, 33, Thompson’s daughter, inside the home. After a search of about 90 minutes, the body of Dana’s husband, Landon Ison, 32, was found in a rural area northwest of Lamar and he was pronounced dead due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Lamar police chief Ron Hager said Tuesday afternoon Ison worked for the Lamar police department until early August, 2012, when he resigned without giving a reason. Ison was also a former dispatcher with the Barton County Sheriff’s Department.

The couple had reportedly separated Oct. 1.