Former WWE star Billy Jack Haynes has been arrested in connection with a tragic incident involving the shooting of his wife, Janette Becraft. The heartbreaking event unfolded in the Lents neighborhood of Portland, prompting a shelter-in-place order as police responded to the fatal shooting at 6000 SE 100th Avenue.

Upon arrival, law enforcement encountered a non-cooperative individual believed to be armed inside the residence. Following negotiations, a tactical team successfully persuaded the individual to surrender, leading to his apprehension. Tragically, Janette Becraft was discovered deceased within the home, initiating a thorough police investigation.

The Medical Examiner has confirmed Becraft’s cause of death as homicide due to gunshot wound. According to statements made to by Sgt. Kevin Allen, Billy Jack Haynes remains in custody and is anticipated to face charges for his wife’s murder.

“I can confirm that the individual we detained last night remains in police custody this morning. He has not yet been booked into jail or charged with a crime, so we are refraining from releasing his name at this time. I am in communication with detectives, and we will update the news release as soon as there is a development to report.”


The community has been left in shock by this tragic incident, with neighbors sharing their interactions with the involved individual and reminiscing about his wrestling career. One neighbor, speaking to local Portland FOX affiliate KPTV, expressed profound sadness over the situation, particularly given their close relationship with the couple.

“It’s a tragedy all around. I’ve been helping take care of them as my dad and I live nearby. Recently, I was just looking after his wife, who was battling ongoing dementia. I was quite close to both of them and loved them dearly.”

This incident is undoubtedly heartbreaking, and our heartfelt condolences go out to everyone affected by this devastating tragedy. As the case continues to unfold, Ringside News remains committed to providing updates on this ongoing investigation.

What are your thoughts on this tragic incident? Do you believe the former pro wrestler will face a lifetime behind bars? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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