Suwanee Police Still Investigating 'Accidental' Fatal Shooting

Steven Thomas and his late wife Charissa Thomas were in their home during the incident in October.

Suwanee Police report no new developments as of Friday (Oct. 19) in the recent fatality in which a man said he "accidentally shot his wife in the head" in their suburban home.

Police are "still investigating" the incident that occurred early Oct. 10 at the Riverview Run Lane home of Steven and Charissa Thomas, spokesperson Capt. Clyde Byers said. No charges have been filed.

According to police records, Steven Thomas told Suwanee Police dispatch in the early morning hours of the shooting. Officers responded to the call about 3 a.m., and Steven Thomas soon surrendered without incident. He was taken into detention and later released.

Charissa Thomas' body was found at the top of the staircase.

A gun was positioned between her legs, and a cell phone was next to her body. There was a "large amount of blood" on her head, face and body, the incident report said

There was blood leading away from her body, through the master bedroom and into the master bathroom. There was blood in the sink, and water was still running.

Police also said a rag and cleaning agent were found on the floor just outside the bathroom.

In the master bedroom, a bedside stand had been moved away from a wall irregularly, the police report said.

At Suwanee Police headquarters, Steven Thomas left bloodied undergarments as evidence, police said.

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Lisa October 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
If it was an accident why is it reported that he "surrendered without incident". And, why was the gun out to beginwith? Was there mention of a possible intruder?
Steve Burns October 19, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Lisa, the responding officers instructed dispatch to tell Mr. Thomas to come out unarmed; this was in the original report that is linked to in this report. There was no mention in the police report of a possible intruder. This could be a part of the ongoing investigation.
Sarah Winner October 20, 2012 at 01:29 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
Steve Burns October 20, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Thanks, Sarah. Obviously, this incident has drawn the attention of many people.
Dan Treblat October 21, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I will miss Charissa she was a great person and always had a smile on her face being a customer. I will miss the smile and they hey Danny how are you doing I received every time I saw her now she is resting in the presence with god.


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