A professor shot and killed an 18-year-old student following an argument with another man at a restaurant in Georgia, police said.
Richard Sigman, 47, of Carrollton was arrested and charged with murder on Saturday, July 30, after police say he fatally shot Anna Jones. The University of West Georgia, where news outlets report Sigman was a professor, said in a statement to CBS46 that Sigman has been terminated.
Sigman is also charged with three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and was booked into the Carroll County Jail, the Carrollton Police Department said in a news release.
Just before 12:30 am July 30, police said officers were called to a hospital in regards to a woman who had been shot “in the courthouse parking deck” in Carrollton.
Police said “preliminary information” indicated Sigman and another man got into a “verbal altercation” at the restaurant in Carrollton and the man told security Sigman had threatened to shoot him. Security told Sigman to leave after seeing he had a weapon, according to police.
Sigman then walked into the parking deck and started shooting into a parked vehicle, hitting Jones, police said.
Friends rushed Jones to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the police.
The University of West Georgia told 11Alive that Jones, who was from Carrollton, was a freshman at the school.
Dr. Brendan Kelly, president of the University of West Georgia, said in a statement to WSBTV that “on behalf of the university, we wish to convey our deepest condolences to Anna’s family and many friends.”
“We know this news is difficult to process and affects many members of our university community,” Kelly said, according to the outlet. “We ask that you keep Anna’s family, friends, and all who have been touched by this tragedy in your thoughts during this tremendously difficult time.”
Jones was also a recent graduate of Mount Zion High School.
“Anna loved this school and this community and she will be missed dearly by many,” the school said in a Facebook post. “Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.”
The university said in its statement to CBS46 that it is working with the police department on its investigation.
Police ask anyone with information to call 770-834-4451.
Carrollton is about 50 miles southwest of Atlanta.