Dalhart man sought in killing of wife

DALHART, Texas (AP) - A Dalhart (DAL'-hahrt) man is sought in the shooting death of his wife in front of two of their grandchildren after she told him to move out.

Dalhart Police Chief Tom Sanford on Thursday said a murder warrant has been issued for 78-year-old Jose Abel Cancino.

Sanford told The Associated Press that Cancino is accused of pulling a handgun Wednesday night and killing 63-year-old Elva Perez Cancino.

The police chief says the couple "had just come from church, and I think she had just told him he needed to move out."

Their teenage grandchildren, a brother and sister, witnessed the shooting outside the couple's apartment complex.

Sanford says the suspect has family in the Del Rio and Midland area, plus in Mexico.

Dalhart is a community of about 7,300, located 80 miles northwest of Amarillo.

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