‘Tiger King’ Reptile Dealer Fatally Shot Himself in Front of Wife, With Two Small Children in the Home: Police

Jeffery Lynn Johnson, a former reptile seller who appeared in the popular Netflix docuseries “Tiger King,” reportedly took his own life in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Police Department told CNN that the deadly incident involving Johnson, 58, (not pictured) occurred during an argument between him and his wife in September 2021.. Johnson’s wife reportedly told responding officers, called to the home on September 8, that Johnson had shot himself in front of her in the garage of their home.

A police report stated that the Johnsons’ 4- and 5-year-old children were home at the time of the shooting.

According to CNN, Johnson still had a pulse by the time police officers responded to the scene. However, he eventually succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

The police report also stated that Johnson had no history of mental health issues.

As The Wrap noted, Johnson briefly appeared in episode 4 of “Tiger King” and spoke about his association with Joe Exotic, who is currently in federal prison for a murder-for-hire plot targeting controversial animal activist Carole Baskin.

According to recent reports, Exotic was moved from a federal prison in Texas to one in North Carolina as he undergoes treatment for prostate cancer.

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[Featured image: Joe Exotic/AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File]