HINESVILLE, Ga. — A U.S. Army soldier stationed in Georgia and his wife died in an apparent homicide-suicide, authorities said.
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According to a press release from Fort Stewart, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher J. Williams, 35, who is stationed at Fort Stewart, along with his wife, was found dead at a Hinesville mall by police on Friday, The Savannah Morning News reported.
Hinesville Police Department officials identified the soldier’s wife as 36-year-old Terrica L Williams, WTGS-TV reported.
Liberty County sheriff’s deputies reportedly found the couple dead in the back room of a mall business, the Morning News reported.
Christopher Williams was assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, according to WSAV-TV. He served as a Culinary Specialist and worked as a Culinary Management NCO.
According to Hinesville Police Chief Lloyd Slater, police responded to the Liberty Square mall around 1:30 p.m. EDT after receiving reports of a barricaded subject, WTGS reported. Slater said a woman driving a sedan pulled into the mall parking lot with a man in a truck following her.
Police say Christopher Williams had a gun while pursuing his wife in Lendmark Financial Services, WSAV reported. Slater said the pair rushed into the company’s back room, allowing employees to escape unharmed. Witnesses said they heard gunshots coming from the office and officers smashed a front window to get in, according to the TV station.
Rick Faircloth, the owner of the Pro Feet Apparel and Shoe store, told WSAV that one of the victims was a customer.
“Apparently the guy who did this was a customer of ours and he was out shopping yesterday. It’s sad,” Faircloth told the TV station. “Apparently he got mad about something. thing and lost control. It’s crazy how it goes.
There were no other injuries, police said.
According to Fort Stewart officials, Christopher Williams served for 15 years and deployed five times, including a combat deployment to Iraq. His awards include two Army Merit Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, one National Defense Service Medal, one Iraq Campaign Medal and other honors.
“On behalf of the entire division, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to both families following this tragic and shocking incident,” said Maj. Gen. Charles D. Costanza, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, said in a statement. “We are working closely with the local authorities during their investigation and are providing all possible support to both families during this very difficult time.”
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