Off-Duty CHP Officer Fatally Shoots Wife, Himself and Injures Store Owner

AMADOR COUNTY - The Amador County Sheriff's Department is investigating a deadly shooting that left two people dead and a third person injured.

Around 10:45 p.m., authorities received a call from the owner of Get Ripped Nutrition about a man banging on the door of the business located on Prospect Drive in Jackson.

The caller told dispatch he was inside the business with a woman and it was her husband who was banging on the door of the business.

The caller also reported that the woman's husband, identified as 45-year-old Brad Wheat, was a CHP officer. Wheat was off duty at the time of the shooting, officials said.

"Brad Wheat has been a CHP officer up here for a couple years," Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan said.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Brad Wheat and his wife Mary Wheat, 42, dead in the parking lot.

"Mary and Brad were big names in the county just because being business owners and they do a lot in the community, so everybody kind of knew them," friend Loni Lee said.

The nutrition shop owner who reported the incident was flown to a hospital for a shoulder gunshot injury. He is expected to survive.

Witnesses say the Brad Wheat fired his service weapon into the store window to gain entry. The victim was shot in the store and a struggle ensued between the three of them.

The victim was able to escape when the struggle continued outside the store.

Authorities say Brad Wheat then shot his wife several times before also killing himself.

"They were very close friends and business partners so obviously this was not a random offense," Lee said. "This had to do with personal issues."

The sheriff says Wheat was not in his CHP uniform at the time of the shooting, but could not confirm whether he used his service weapon.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Wheat children.

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