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Murder-suicide motive is unclear

Sheriff Smith Sheriff Smith

Investigators say it's unclear a Sumter County man shot his wife before killing himself early Tuesday. They're still not sure why. The home near Plains is still surrounded by crime scene tape after the deaths of 68-year-old Edward and 66-year-old Ann Pastizzo.

GBI agents say Mr. Pastizzo called his son in Butler sometime after shooting his wife late Monday night or Tuesday morning. "That he had done a terrible thing. He wouldn't elaborate and talk much to his son. He said when you get down here you'll understand and I'll leave some notification as to what's going on," said Sheriff Pete Smith.

The son called Sumter County Sheriff's office while on the way to his parents' home. Sheriff Smith describes the scene on Thrasher Road as horrific. "As we approached the residence, we saw him sitting on the front porch, as we approached you can tell it was a self inflicted gunshot wound," said Smith.

Mrs. Pastizzo's body was found inside the home. "She was in the den area, adjacent to the kitchen, sitting in the upright position in a chair," said Smith.

GBI Agents were called in to assist with the investigation. Sheriff Smith says there were no witnesses and no one heard or saw anything unusual. Sheriff Smith says the couple's son had been concerned for his father's health.

"His son said that he had some concerns with Alzheimer's. He was on tremendous amounts of medication. I hadn't seen him in about two years and I knew him way back yonder growing up."

Investigators are still working to figure out what led to the shooting. "All the things that they way it occurred, I think that he'd been planning this for quite some time," said Smith.

Smith says the weapon used was a .357 magnum. It will be a few weeks before forensic reports are complete.


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