By Jeff Small
Town and Country police say a double-murder was the result of a violent relationship that ended in deadly gunfire. Investigators say it also may have been the result of a violent plan.
Police say John Alexander carried a nine millimeter handgun as he sat in a neighborhood waiting for his wife.
The separated couple and their children were supposed to be going to an event Friday night.The family never made it past the 2600 block of Bopp Lane.
Kelly Alexander was in the first vehicle, a Ford Expedition. She was traveling northbound on Bopp as her friend, April Wheeler, drove a minivan behind her.
Kelly Alexander's three children were in one of the vehicles when, suddenly, their father stopped the vehicles in the middle of the street.
Police say he used his vehicle to cut them off. He allegedly got out his vehicle when an argument ensued.
Shortly after, both women were shot.
Neighbors tell police they saw John Alexander for quite some time before the deadly gunfire. They say he appeared to be waiting. Police aren't sure if his initial intentions were to talk to his estranged wife or take her life.
The incident happened while their couple's three young children sat helpless.
Several residents saw it happen and came to the kids' rescue. Police say their father simply turned his SUV around and sped away.
He led police on a high speed pursuit that lasted several miles, ending with a crash at Lindbergh and Highway 40.
John Alexander crashed his SUV and was ejected.
He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.