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Aspen Heights shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 critical
Police investigating possibility of an attempted murder-suicide

A shooting Sunday night at Aspen Heights Apartments that left a man dead and a woman in critical condition was possibly an attempted murder-suicide, police said Monday.

Antonio Sanchez, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch. A woman, Allison Fleet, 23, was in critical condition and was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, said Statesboro police Maj. Rob Bryan, interim police chief.

Both suffered gunshot wounds, he said.

According to Georgia Southern University spokesperson Jennifer Wise, Sanchez was not a GSU student, but Fleet is a graduate of GSU and is taking post-baccalaureate classes. She is also a university employee.

Police arrived at the scene at the apartment complex on Highway 67 Monday in response to a request for a welfare check made by one of the victims' parents, Bryan said.

The Statesboro Herald requested a transcript of the 911 call for the welfare check, but the information was not immediately available Monday. Transcripts for 911 calls must be approved by the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office, said Bulloch County 911 director Kelly Barnard.

"When the responding officers arrived on the scene, they found both front and rear doors of the apartment secured," so they forced their way into the apartment, where they found the two inside, both with gunshot wounds, he said.

"Preliminary investigation leads (police) to suspect this case is a possible attempted murder-suicide," Bryan said. "It is not believed that any other parties are involved in this incident at the present time. However, the case is still under active investigation."

Bryan did not specify whether Sanchez or Fleet wielded the gun used in the shootings.

Futch said Sanchez's body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Savannah Monday morning.

Bryan expressed appreciation for cooperation and assistance from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Southern University Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, Bulloch County EMS and Air Evac.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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