West Georgia University educator charged with murder in incoming student’s death

A University of West Georgia teacher who has since been fired has been accused of fatally shooting an incoming student, school officials said.

Richard Sigman, 47, was arrested and charged with murder shortly after the death of Anna Jones, 18, after she was shot in a parking lot in Carrollton, Georgia on Saturday, Carrollton police said.

Jones was scheduled to begin attending the University of West Georgia this fall, school spokesman Colton Campbell told NBC News.

“On behalf of the university, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to Anna’s family and her many friends,” University of West Georgia President Brendan Kelly said in a statement. “We know this news is difficult to process and affects many members of our university community.”

The university is assisting the Carollton Police Department with the investigation, the statement said.

Police said officers were first called to Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton around 12:30 p.m. to reports of a woman who had been shot.

Jones was pronounced dead at the medical center and Sigman was arrested and charged with murder, three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of the crime, police said.

Sigman was incarcerated in Carroll County Jail, according to police. It is not known at this time if he has a lawyer.

Callers told police the incident took place off Adamson Square in a courthouse parking lot after Sigman got into a verbal altercation with another man at Leopoldo, a popular pizzeria on the square.

Police say the other man allegedly told at least one security guard that Sigman had threatened to shoot him. When security approached Sigman, they saw he had a gun and ordered him to leave.

Anna Jones, 18, of Carrollton, Georgia, was fatally shot on Saturday.
Anna Jones, 18, of Carrollton, Georgia, was fatally shot on Saturday. GoFundMe

Sigman left and began walking toward the parking lot, where he began shooting at a parked vehicle, hitting Jones, police said.

“Friends immediately took her to hospital, where she was pronounced dead,” police said.

A Web page The school’s faculty roster in the Department of Management at Richards College of Business last month named “Rick Sigman” as its lecturer. His profile has since been removed from the page.

Jones had recently graduated from Mount Zion High School, school leaders said in a statement on social networks.

“Anna loved this school and this community and she will be dearly missed,” the statement read, sharing a link to a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral costs.

A GoFundMe began helping the family with funeral expenses, described Jones as “a beautiful, gentle soul” and called the incident a “devastating and senseless crime that broke many hearts, a grieving community and a family. in mourning”.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to come forward, police said.

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