Suspect commits suicide while detectives search his home

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CHEROKEE COUNTY - Cherokee County sheriff’s office say a man suspected in the disappearance of a woman shot himself to death while deputies searched his home.

Deputies said they were notified that authorities in Dekalb County, Ala., were looking for 54-year-old Felicia Lindsey.  The deputies were given a description of Lindsey’s vehicle and advised that it was possibly in the area of Pine Crest Road and Marietta Highway.

Deputies began patrolling the area looking for Lindsey’s vehicle and located it at the Whispering Pines mobile home park on Lakeside Drive in Canton.

Deputies knocked on the door of the mobile home and after some time passed, a man answered the door and allowed the deputies to enter. While deputies were searching for Lindsey, a bedroom door slammed and a gun was fired from inside the room. Deputies opened the door and discovered Max Zeller, 22, of Alabama, alone in the room with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his mouth.

Zeller was transported to Kennestone Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Alabama authorities were notified of incident in Cherokee. Hours later Lindsey’s body was found at a location in Alabama. Zeller was a suspect in their investigation and the nephew of Lindsey. Although recently residing in Alabama, Zeller was formerly a Canton resident and graduated from Cherokee High School in 2009.

Zeller had an active warrant out for his arrest in Cherokee County for failure to pay child support.