Glynn Co. sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting wife

Glynn Co. sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting wife
Randy Austin, 59, is accused of shooting his wife. (Source: Nashville Police)

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) -Nashville Police charged a Glynn County Sheriff’s Office deputy with attempted criminal homicide. His wife was shot in a downtown Nashville hotel on Thursday night.

A press release on the Nashville Police’s website says that Maj. Randy Austin’s wife remains in critical condition. She suffered gunshot wounds from the same bullet to her right arm and head.

Austin told police that his wife was shot after they came back to their room. They had been drinking downtown. Austin says that he placed his gun on the nightstand, walked away, and heard a gunshot. He says that he did not shoot his wife, nor did she shoot herself.

An excerpt from the police report says “...Evidence suggests that (his wife’s) right arm was up in a defensive posture and that she was squatting or kneeling at the time of the shooting.”

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office website lists Austin as being held for DNA testing.

Glynn County Sheriff E. Neal Jump released the following statement on Monday:

"As the Sheriff of Glynn County, I was shocked to hear of the arrest of Major Randy Austin on October 4, 2019, stemming from an investigation into the shooting of {his wife} in Nashville, Tenn.

Austin has been an employee in the detention division of the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office for over 30 plus years, holding the rank of Major of Detention Services.

Austin was immediately placed on Administrative Leave without pay.

The Metropolitan Police Department of Nashville, Tenn. has my full support in their investigation and their finding.

My prayers, as well as the members of the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office, is for the recovery and healing of {his wife}."

The hotel has provided a statement in reference to the incident:

“The safety and security of our guests and colleagues is a top priority at Holston House Nashville. We are saddened by the isolated incident that occurred at our hotel on Thursday, October 3, and our thoughts are with the victim and her family. The hotel is still fully cooperating with local authorities on their investigation.”
Holsten House Nashville

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