Augusta wife-killing suspect goes from hospital to jail

A final clash between an Augusta couple turned deadly, claiming the life of a 48-year-old woman, authorities said Thursday.
Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 1:04 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - An Augusta man accused of killing his wife was booked into Richmond County jail Friday after being released from the hospital where he’d been since he was injured in a shootout with deputies two days earlier, according to authorities.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it’s investigating deputies’ shooting of the suspect, Shawn Gunn, 52.

The agency also revealed that the body of murder victim Commen Gunn, 48, was found in an upstairs bathroom of the townhome where she was shot in the 200 block of Brandywine Place.

Commen Gunn
Commen Gunn(WRDW)

Deputies said that as they were responding to the shooting at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday, they contacted Shawn Gunn, 52, who was inside the home.

Deputies tried to get him to come out of the home, but he refused, according to authorities.

He’s expected to face charges of murder and possession of a firearm or knife during a crime.

It’s standard practice for the GBI to conduct an independent investigation shootings by law enforcement officers in the state.


He then shot at the deputies from the front door, according to the GBI.

Deputies returned fire, shooting the suspect, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

By Friday afternoon, he’d been released from the hospital and was in Richmond County jail.

Shawn Gunn booking photo in Richmond County jail, March 17, 2023.
Shawn Gunn booking photo in Richmond County jail, March 17, 2023.(Contributed)

Once the investigation is complete, it will be given to the Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review, according to the GBI.

No officers were injured in the incident, which was the 23rd officer-involved shooting the GBI has been asked to investigate in 2023.


Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the GBI at 706-595-2575. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-8477, visiting or downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

Over the past month, this is the second domestic situation that has resulted in death across the CSRA. Ruth Ann Whitaker, 70, was shot inside a home by her husband, Richard Whitaker, on March 7 in Aiken, according to authorities.