CITRONELLE, Ala. (WALA) - The streets around the Meinhardt Mobile Home Park were noticeably quieter Friday, September 27 as the dust begins to settle from a tragedy that left three children parent-less.
“There's no indications that there was nothing catastrophic or any major problems that occurred yesterday to have led to this,” said Citronelle Police Chief Shane Stringer.
Thursday morning, September 26, Citronelle police said Tavaris Gulley shot and killed his wife Shaletha Gulley. He was later found sitting in his car in the Pine Crest Cemetary on Irwin Street. He was armed with a pistol.
Citronelle police, Mobile County Sheriff’s Deputies and family members tried to talk him down. However, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s department, around 1:43 p.m., he got out of the car with a gun in his hand “forcing deputies to respond with deadly force.”
A neighbor, who declined to speak on camera, said he’s known the Gulleys since he moved to the area back in the 1980s. He said he was never aware of violence between the couple.
“It's really hard to understand why this had to happen and what could've led to these results,” Stringer said.
Stringer said that because Citronelle is a small town, they Gulleys were pretty well known in the community and will be missed by many.
“Both of these people were very loved in this community and very well thought of so it's just a tragedy for the whole community,” Stringer said.
The neighbor who witnessed the shooting said Tavaris was trying to get Shalethat to go back inside the trailer just before she was shot. The neighbor said the pistol was already drawn by the time he was aware anything was going on.
“It's just a long, exhausting, emotional day for the whole community and, of course, for both families involved,” Stringer said. “And all the families involved, with their friends, families and relatives that was involved.”
While the investigation of Shaletha’s murder is closed, what happened at the cemetery still needs to be brought before a grand jury.
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