Police Release Details in Weekend Shooting Deaths in Toccoa

May 8, 2013

Police in Toccoa are releasing details of what happened in an Arcadia Drive home over the weekend that resulted in two deaths.

Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said that officers were called to a residence late Saturday morning in reference to the discovery of two deceased individuals.

“Upon our arrival, we were directed to the living room where two females who lived in the home were found and appeared to have (each) suffered a gunshot wound,” said Jarrell.

Jarrell identified the deceased as 72-year-old Nancy Brown Guest and her daughter, 36-year-old Mary Charlotte Guest. Both lived at the Arcadia Drive residence.

According to Jarrell, the bodies were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta.

Jarrell said that the investigation has shown the deaths to be the result of a murder-suicide.

“Nancy Guest died of a gunshot wound and Mary Charlotte Guest died of what has been determined as a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Jarrell.

Jarrell said the father/husband, James Guest, found the bodies. Guest is a retired major general

According to Jarrell, Mr. Guest was in another room in the home at the time the incident occurred on Saturday morning and is not considered a suspect in any way.

Jarrell said that the weapon used was recovered at the scene, in close proximity to Mary Charlotte Guest.

As for what may have caused this to take place, Jarrell said police are still investigating that.

He said that authorities are looking into the daughter’s medical history as part of that investigation.

Jarrell did say that police were called to the Arcadia Drive residence in January 2009 for a report of a verbal disagreement, but no charges were filed.

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