SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Multiple police agencies are investigating a triple shooting involving two children, and an officer-involved shooting that left the suspect and his girlfriend dead.
The first shooting happened at a South Fulton County home on Keels Lane around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Police said Timothy Wyatt, 41, shot and killed his girlfriend, Tawanna Washington Collins, before shooting and injuring her sons, ages 12 and 14. The boys were rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where they are recovering.
Hours after the shooting, Wyatt's Chevy Impala was located in Tampa, Florida. When authorities tried to pull him over around 6:15 p.m., he took off, leading them on an intense chase through Tampa streets, police say.
During the chase, officers say Wyatt tried to carjack someone before eventually opening fire on police. Wyatt was shot and killed during the gunfight. No officers or bystanders were hurt.
Tommy Staples told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez this has been heartbreakingly tough for everyone who knew Wyatt and Washington Collins.
"I don't know what got him to the point where he felt he had to react like he did," he said.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said it's very fortunate no one else was injured.
As for the victim’s two sons, loved ones say they cannot begin to fathom what their life will be like without their mom.
"Knowing that the kids are not going to have a mom to raise them... Now, that’s tough," Staples said.
#BREAKING: This is our FIRST look @ Timothy Wyatt the man South Fulton PD say, shot + killed his girlfriend, before shooting+ injuring her children, before taking off Wyatt was then spotted by TAMPA PD. This afternoon we’ve learned the suspect was shot + killed. More @ 5PM @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/EjsYlBqWcV— Nefertiti Jáquez (@NefertitiWSB) April 2, 2018
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