Murder suspect dies from self-inflicted gunshot after GSP chase, police say

ATLANTA — A murder suspect has died after leading Georgia State Patrol troopers on a high-speed chase through Atlanta, police say.

According to the Thomaston Police Department, 42-year-old John Bussey was wanted for shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend Rosanna Smith, 32, inside her Thomaston home Sunday afternoon.

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Police say they were called to Smith’s home for a welfare check, which is when they found her dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators determined that Bussey, who was the father of Smith’s child, came to the home to return Smith’s car when an argument began. They say Bussey then shot Smith and drove off in her car. The child was not in the home at the time of the murder.

Police issued a BOLO for Smith’s Ford Edge, which was spotted around 6:30 p.m. by GSP troopers near Ponce De Leon Ave. in northeast Atlanta. They attempted to stop the car, but Bussey fled and ultimately crashed at the intersection of Ponce De Leon Ave. and Boulevard NE.

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Immediately after the wreck, investigators say Bussey was found dead in the car from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

GSP and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are currently investigating the scene in Atlanta. Thomaston police and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the homicide scene in Thomaston.

Police say there are no other suspects or victims involved in this case.

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