Monday, September 3, 2012

Columbus, GA: UPDATE: Police call Sunday shooting a murder-suicide

The man who shot and killed a 27-year-old Columbus woman Sunday has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, say police, who are calling the slaying a murder-suicide.

Stanley Lesure, 24, died Sunday night at the Medical Center after having shot and killed Ryeika Ingersoll, with whom he had fathered a child.

Police Lt. John McMichael said the two were not living together, but that the shooting took place at Lesure’s 24th Street apartment near Hannan Academy.

Apparently Lesure was tending Ingersoll’s three children Saturday night while she and a girlfriend went out, McMichael said. The women returned and stayed the night at Lesure’s apartment.

In the morning, an argument broke out between Lesure and Ingersoll, witnesses told police. Lesure pulled a 9mm pistol, shot Ingersoll multiple times, then turned the gun on himself, McMichael said.

“Sometime in the morning, apparently they got into some kind of dispute about their relationship,” McMichael said. “He consequently produced a handgun and shot and killed her, then shot himself.”

Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower said Ingersoll was shot multiple times.

Three of Ingersoll’s children and two other adults were present when the shooting took place, McMichael said.

McMichael said the 9mm pistol was the only weapon found at the scene.

Deputy coroner Freeman Worley pronounced Ingersoll dead at 1:40 p.m. Saturday. Lesure died at about 8:30 p.m.

Ingersoll’s body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

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