Suspect in Cordova nail salon murder found dead - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Suspect in Cordova nail salon murder found dead

(WMC-TV) – The search for a suspect in a Cordova nail salon murder is over after investigators say he took his own life as police moved in.

Action News 5 doesn't normally report suicides, but in this case it means the manhunt has ended. Investigators believe this case is now closed, since the suspect took his own life.

It all started a little before 10 Monday night at a nail salon in the 1600 block of Appling Road in Cordova. Images from Chopper 5 showed a shattered front door at the salon.

Shelby County Sheriff's Investigators say 45-year-old Van Nguyen, the owner, was shot and killed inside her own salon.

Crews investigated the shooting in a parking lot of the strip mall, as well as inside the business.

A few hours later, Memphis police officers spotted suspect Jesus Perez's silver SUV on Interstate 40.

They followed his to a Shell station at Appling Road and Reese and as they moved in on him, the 51-year-old took his own life.

Investigators say this was a domestic homicide and that Nguyen and Perez were in a relationship at one time.

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