A likely murder-suicide occurred Wednesday evening in the Big Canoe gated community, according reports from Sheriff Donnie Craig.
The sheriff said two deaths are involved and the two people had been married. They have later been identified as Ross and Sharon Jernigan. Mr. Jernigan is thought to have shot Ms. Jernigan and then himself.
The couple, both in their 60s, was recently divorced but the husband had been allowed to continue living in the house for a period of time which was set to run out, according to a neighbor. They had no children. They were not known to be active in Big Canoe groups.
Sheriff Craig said the GBI crime scene unit has been called to assist, but, “it appears to be pretty cut and dried on the domestic situation.”
A neighbor went to check on the couple and found the scene and called 911.
Sheriff Office Press Release From Approximately 9:50 p.m. Wednesday
At approximately 6:00 pm, the 911 center in Pickens County received a call from a home inside the gated community of Big Canoe stating that 2 individuals had been found with gunshot wounds. Deputies and emergency responders arrived and the home and confirmed that the two individuals
A neighbor told detectives that she had stopped by the residence to visit and discovered the scene. Detectives from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating and the GBI Crime Scene Unit has been requested to assist in with processing the scene. Preliminary investigation at this point leads detectives to believe that this was a murder – suicide.
At this time, the names of both individuals are not being released. Sheriff Donnie Craig stated “we are doing everything that we can at this time to locate relatives before releasing any of their personal information.”