Augusta woman shot dead in domestic situation, coroner says

Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 2:24 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2023 at 1:00 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - One woman died after a shooting late Wednesday on Brandywine Place in Augusta.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen says 48-year-old Commen Gunn was shot at least one time during a domestic situation with her husband late Wednesday. Officers were still there investigating at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Bullet holes covered the side of the door of Unit 222.


An incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Shawn Gunn, who’s facing charges of murder and possession of a firearm or knife during a crime.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, there have been at least six incidents involving the victim and suspect in previous years.


Richmond County deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of Brandywine Place in reference to an unknown situation at 10:42 p.m. Wednesday. Just before deputies arrived, Richmond County dispatchers had received a call of shots fired at the same residence.

Upon arrival, deputies tried to engage with a man inside the residence.

The man refused to come outside and later shot at deputies, according to authorities. Deputies returned fire, striking him at least one time.

He was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, according to officials. No deputies were injured.

A woman was found dead inside the home, according to deputies.

Commen Gunn was pronounced dead on the scene at 11:20 p.m. and will be transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab for an autopsy.

The GBI was requested to assist in the investigation, which is in its early stages.

Meanwhile, the Richmond County Coroner’s Office is also investigating two bodies found dead inside of a home on Maryland Avenue and the death of a 51-year-old woman found dead inside of her home on Derby Lane.

All three deaths come amid a rash of deadly crimes that’s claimed more than 80 lives since mid-April 2022 across the CSRA.

Communities large and small have battled the problem on both sides of the Savannah River, but Augusta – the largest city in the region – has been hit especially hard.