After murder-suicide, Catoosa County sheriff brings awareness to cycle of family violence

Deputies say when they got to the end of the driveway, they saw Sharon Kell on the ground motionless, with David White (pictured here) standing over her and shooting at her. Deputies took cover, and when they came back, both White and Kell were dead. (Images: Catoosa Co. Sheriff's Office, WTVC)

Catoosa County's Sheriff is trying to bring awareness to the cycle of family violence after deputies say a man shot and killed a woman in the front yard of a Rossville home before turning the gun on himself.

Sheriff Gary Sisk says deputies responded to the Clara Lee Road home Tuesday after receiving a call of a domestic dispute. Dispatch told them that a temporary order of protection had been violated, and the offender may have a firearm.

Deputies say when they got to the end of the driveway, they saw Sharon Kell on the ground motionless, with David White standing over her and shooting at her. Deputies took cover, and when they came back, both White and Kell were dead.

Sheriff Sisk says White had a history of domestic violence against Kell dating back to at least September 2018.

In January of this year, an incident report showed White held a gun to Kell's head several times and threatened to kill her.

Kell had filed at least three orders of protection against White. The latest was served on September 8th.

Here are the past incidents:

  • 09/20/2018 – Filed for Family Violence Ex Parte Protective Order
  • 09/21/2018 – Ex Parte Order Served
  • 10/17/2018 – Filed for Dismissal of Ex Parte Order and Dismissed
  • 01/05/2019 – Family Violence Report
  • 01/07/2019 – Filed for Family Violence Protective Order
  • 02/06/2019 – Filed for Dismissal of Ex Parte Order and Dismissed
  • 08/26/2019 – Family Violence Report
  • 08/27/2019 – Filed for Family Violence Protective Order
  • 08/27/2019 – Warrants obtained for Terroristic Threats, Criminal Damage to Property
  • 09/08/2019 – Arrested for Warrants and Served Ex Parte
  • 09/08/2019 – Bonded out of Jail
  • 10/01/2019 – Murder/Suicide

Sheriff Sisk says "This is the cycle of Family Violence that a number of families in our community go through that we need to continue to bring awareness to and offer assistance every chance we get. No one ever really knows what the victim goes through daily. It won’t bring this mother, sister, daughter back, but this is an issue that needs constant discussion, awareness, and action. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family."

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.

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