Recent Collegedale Shooting Leads to Talk of Domestic Violence

Jeffrey Held showed up with a shotgun at his ex-wife’s work in Collegedale on Sunday.

He shot her in her lower body then turned the gun on himself, spraying pellets across the parking lot.

"When the police arrived at 1423, they had one party that was deceased and another party that had multiple gunshots to the lower extremities," said Collegedale Police Public Information Officer Tonya Sadler.

Last week, domestic violence ending in tragedy led our newscasts. In every case, these perpetrators had a violent history of domestic abuse.

"it is frustrating when we see situations where victims have been continuously victimized by a perpetrator over and over again and police have been called over and over again because it just indicates that the safety level of that person is just low," said Regina Mcdevitt who is the senior director of the Partnership Crisis Center in Chattanooga.

With the murder and suicide in Varnell, a domestic assault and kidnapping in Dalton, and this assault and suicide Sunday, what leads the abusers to such drastic, violent ends?

"When these victims do leave, the abuser no longer has the power, no longer has the control and they would rather go to drastic measures to regain that power and control which often have devastating endings then admit they lost that power and control," said Emily Hale, Domestic Violence Victim Coordinator for Hamilton County.

Holly Anderson was Sunday’s victim. Her short marriage to Held began last August.

She is currently hospitalized.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up for her to help with medical bills.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, help is a phone call away.

Partnership Crisis Services in Chattanooga urge you to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at

423-755-2700

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