Murder-suicide motive is unclear - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Murder-suicide motive is unclear

Posted: Updated:
Sheriff Smith Sheriff Smith
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Smack down on Cancer at the State Theater

    Smack down on Cancer at the State Theater

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:54:50 GMT
    Wrestlers from all over Georgia and Florida were in town for the Smack Down on Cancer Event at the state theater. More >>
    Wrestlers from all over Georgia and Florida were in town for the Smack Down on Cancer Event at the state theater. More >>
  • Americus student honored in statewide design contest

    Americus student honored in statewide design contest

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:59:05 GMT
    Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.  She was nominated by South GeorgiaMore >>
    Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.  She was nominated by South Georgia Technical College.More >>
  • Swimming pool destroyed after storm

    Swimming pool destroyed after storm

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:32:11 GMT
    An Albany man arrived home to find his pool completely destroyed. He's not sure what happened, but the wall caved in and the concrete cracked. He says he's had the siding redone several times.More >>
    An Albany man arrived home to find his pool completely destroyed. He's not sure what happened, but the wall caved in and the concrete cracked. More >>
SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) -

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.

 

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow