Sheriff: Man Kills Wife in Domestic Shooting

MURRAY COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — A woman is dead, and the accused gunman, hospitalized, after a domestic shooting Monday morning in Murray County, Georgia.

“She was a great person,” said Eli Hawkins, the victim’s great nephew. “She’s the type of person who would do anything for anybody.”

Murray County Sheriff Gary Langford says Johnnie Shoemaker Cannon was shot to death by her husband, 57-year-old Scott Cannon, outside a home on Highland Way, near two elementary schools on Leonard Bridge Road.

Both of those schools were temporarily placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

“They got into an argument, and he walked up and told my grandfather that he was about to go shoot her. And he shut the door in my grandfather’s face and walked over there and pulled the trigger,” Hawkins said.

Law enforcement officers tracked Cannon down to his mobile home on Holly Creek Drive, where Langford says he barricaded himself inside.

The Georgia State Patrol SWAT team and other law enforcement officers tried to negotiate with Cannon for about three hours.

“They attempted to deploy tear gas into the trailer,” Sheriff Langford said. “They put several canisters of tear gas into the trailer.”

Langford says Cannon then shot himself in the head.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Shoemaker Cannon’s family members say she was selfless.

“She would come clean the house for no reason, just to help out,” Hawkins said. “That’s just how she was. She was a great person. She’d give the shirt off her back to anybody.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case.

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