Johnson County

Suspect in apparent murder-suicide has previous criminal record

JOHNSON COUNTY, Tenn. - We're learning more information about the mother police say shot her 6 year old daughter then herself.

Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece says Heather Finley Buchanan isn't a new name to his agency. We checked police records and found she has several prior charges; most of those are drug related. Some of her charges include possession of drug paraphernalia, vandalism, theft, falsification of a drug screen, and fugitive from justice in Virginia. Reece tells us the case in still under investigation and they are looking into possible motives of the shooting, "There has been some talk maybe that the child had been removed at one point from her and we're checking into that. There could have been something coming up with the smaller child," says Reece.

Buchanan's boyfriend Mark Johnson is still at Johnson City Medical Center and is expected to recover.

Police tell us both the mother and child's bodies were sent to the Quillen College of Medicine for autopsy.

Family members tell us they want to make sure Buchanan's finger prints are on the gun because they don't believe she could have done this.

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