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Suspicious shooting deemed suicide

Posted: November 13, 2012 - 11:09am  |  Updated: November 13, 2012 - 11:11am

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A Martinez woman found dead in her kitchen Saturday died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An autopsy performed Monday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Augusta established that the death of Krissy Beggs Kitchens, 29, was a suicide, according to Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.

Mrs. Kitchens’ husband, Tracy, called authorities from a neighbor’s home stating his wife shot herself. Deputies found her in the kitchen of their Valdez Drive home with a gunshot wound to the head. Garrison pronounced her dead in the home at 9:45 p.m.

Mr. Kitchens, 35, was intoxicated and became combative with deputies when he wasn’t allowed back inside the home, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. He began pushing deputies and hitting deputies with his forearms while trying to get past them, the report states.

Deputies arrested Mr. Kitchens and charged him with obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center early Sunday after posting a $2,600 bond, according to jailers.

Sheriff’s office personnel were still investigating Mrs. Kitchens’ death on Tuesday, said sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker.

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