Father and daughter killed, ex-husband arrested

Jul 3, 2015 6:58 PM by News Staff

Court records show the man who shot and killed his ex-wife and former father in law outside a Lake California store has a history of domestic violence and was in the midst of custody dispute with the woman he killed.

Tehama County sheriff's deputies arrested 32-year-old John Noonkester on Thursday, moments after he shot and killed his ex-wife Kimberlee Noonkester, 29, and her father Keith Thomas, 53.

According to the sheriff's office, a domestic violence call came in from Kimberlee around 4 p.m., moments before a shooting was reported at the Little Country Store inside the gated community of Lake California. On the call, Kimberlee told a dispatcher her ex-husband had just punched her father.

Deputies found the bodies of Kimberlee and Keith Thomas on the ground in front of the Country Store. They were pronounced dead at the scene, and a third person Anthony Baugher had been shot in the back. Baugher was treated at a local hospital and has since been released.

John Noonkester was arrested at the scene, according to the sheriff's office a Good Samaritan blocked Noonkester's pickup so he couldn't flee.

Records show Kimberlee Noonkester, who was in the process of changing her last name back to Thomas, requested a domestic violence restraining order against John Noonkester in January, and the two were divorced in March. They were also in the midst of a child custody dispute, and John Noonkester had his custody rights amended on June 30.

Noonkester is being held in the Tehama County Jail on two open counts of murder. Bail is listed at $2 million.

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