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'Accidentally Shot Wife in Head,' Man Tells Suwanee Police

Police are investigating the fatality on Riverview Run Lane; no charges have been filed.

Suwanee Police are investigating a fatal shooting from last week in which a man said he "accidentally shot his wife in the head" in their Riverview Run Lane home.

According to police records, a man identified as Steven Thomas told police dispatch about the incident; officers responded on Oct. 10 about 3 a.m.

The deceased woman is identified as Charissa Thomas; officers found her lying face up at the top of the staircase, with a gun positioned between her legs and a cell phone next to her body.

There was a "large amount of blood" on her head, face and body, the incident report said.

No charges have been filed as of Tuesday (Oct. 15), and the incident remains under investigation, according to police spokesperson Capt. Clyde Byers.

Steven Thomas was handcuffed, taken into detention and transported to Suwanee Police Department. He also left some bloodied clothing as evidence. He has been released.

When officers initially responded, they instructed dispatch to tell Steven Thomas to leave the residence unarmed. He eventually appeared at the top of the staircase unarmed.

In the master bedroom, officers noticed that a bedside stand had been moved irregularly, away from a wall. There was blood leading from Charissa Thomas' body through the bedroom and into the master bathroom.

In the bathroom, the sink had several spots of blood on it, and water was still running. Officers also found a cleaning agent and a rag lying on the floor, just outside the bathroom in the bedroom.

Riverview Run Lane is in a subdivision on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard near McGinnis Ferry Road.

-- Stay with Suwanee Patch for updates on this incident.


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Judi October 15, 2012 at 05:18 PM
OMG! Investigation Discovery comes to Suwanee! Somehow I don't think we have all the facts here.
Steve Burns (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Judi, this is what police have released at this time.
Steve Burns (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Thanks, Robert. Again, police have said the investigation is continuing. We'll pass along any new details when they are available.
Steve Burns (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 08:46 PM
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Sarah Winner October 20, 2012 at 01:25 PM
As a close friend of both Steve and Charissa, I can share that this was a horrific accident. All of us who love and knew Charissa ask that you share your prayers instead of curious speculation. We are all grieving for Charissa's loss and Steve's pain. Friends and family are leaving messages on her guestbook at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=charissa-thomas&pid=160383636 If you read the messages on her guest book, you will see that Steve and Charissa had a very loving and special relationship.
Gaynell Williamson October 20, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I went to school with Charissa, and was saddened to hear of her untimely death. Accidents can and do happen, and I know that her husband is devastated by this. No matter the outcome, a life has been ended; but we can rest assured that we will be reunited with loved ones. My condolences to family and friends of Charissa, she will be greatly missed.
Alma B November 18, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I'm a friend of Charissa's and very angry about what happened to her!
nicki January 22, 2013 at 08:23 PM
If it was an accident, then why was he trying to clean up the blood? How was it an accident? Was he cleaning his gun at 3 am? Did he fear an intruder? Those are valid questions.
Steve Burns (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 10:10 PM
nicki, FYI, police still are investigating this incident.
stephen February 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Similar case to Oscar Pistorius case ?
Steve Burns (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Stephen, police still are investigating.

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