UPDATE: It’s been one year since police said a Murray County woman was killed by her estranged husband. Oliver Scott Cannon is charged with the murder of 57-year-old Johnnie Cannon.

Johnnie Cannon was the youngest girl out of eight siblings. Her older sister describes her as the life of the party. She fought back tears remembering her baby sister.

“When that call came, it left a hole in my heart that can never be filled,” said Virginia Dyer, Johnnie's sister. 

Virginia thinks about her little sister every day.

“When I lost my baby sister, it was awful," Virginia said. "It truly was.”

Photos of the family cover Dyer's home. They bring her peace and comfort by helping her remember the time she had with her sister.

“I just want to hear her talk. You just want her to spend the night with you one more night. Eat ice cream at night,” Virginia said.

A year ago, police said Johnnie was killed by her husband. The two were separated but not divorced.

The Murray County Sheriff's Office said Cannon shot and killed his wife and left her body. He then went to a home on Holly Creek Drive about four miles away, where an hour-long standoff followed.

Deputies said Cannon then shot himself in the head and survived.

“I just don't want this happening to another person if it can be helped," Virginia said. "I don't know what needs to be done.”

Dyer reached out to Channel 3 after noticing more and more domestic abuse situations in the news. She hopes by sharing Johnnie's story, it can change one life.

“If someone had called the law when they heard him threaten Johnnie," Virginia said. "There is just something that could have been done that didn't get done.”

Oliver Scott Cannon remains in the Murray County Jail. He will be back in court in December for his trial. A jury will decide his future.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: The Murray County Sheriff says the SWAT situation started because a man in the home allegedly shot his wife Monday morning. The wife did not survive the shooting. 

The schools were placed on lockdown when they found out the man was on Holly Creek Road. 

Law enforcement made efforts to talk with the man and get him to surrender. After a few hours of negotiations, officials heard a shot fired from inside the home.

Oliver Scott Cannon, 57, walked out of the home with a gunshot wound to the head. He was been taken to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is expected to recover. Once Cannon is released from the hospital he will be transported to the Murray County Jail and charged with murder.

PREVIOUS STORY: A shooting in the Chatsworth area has forced some Murray County schools to be on a soft lockdown. 

Eric McFee with Murray County Schools tells Channel 3 that the Murray Co. Sheriff called him to say that a shooting was reported in the area of Spring Place Elementary. Spring Place and Coker Elementary are on soft lockdowns. 

We have crew headed to area. Stay with Channel 3 as this story develops.