University professor is being prosecuted for shooting 18-year-old girl on parking deck, police say

Carrolton police say a professor at the University of West Georgia is charged with murder in connection with the death of an 18-year-old student on Saturday morning.

Police said at 12:27 p.m. they were called to Tanner Medical Center about a person who had a gunshot wound.

Callers said the shooting happened at Adamson Square on the courthouse parking deck.

Police said Richard Sigman, a professor at the University of West Georgia, got into a verbal altercation with another man at Leopoldo’s. The man told security that Sigman threatened to shoot him.

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As security approached Sigman, they saw a weapon and told him to leave. Sigman left, walked to the parking deck and started firing at a parked vehicle. It was then that the victim, Anna Jones, was hit by a bullet.

Her friends took her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The university fired Sigman and issued a statement Saturday afternoon.

“The University of West Georgia has learned that one of its students, Anna Jones, has died following an off-campus incident earlier today. UWG has terminated Richard Sigman’s employment and continues to work with the City of Carrollton Police Department, who are leading this ongoing investigation. On behalf of the university, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Anna’s family and many friends,” said UWG President Dr. Brendan Kelly. “We know that this news is difficult to digest and affects many members of our university community. We ask that you keep Anna’s family, friends and all those affected by this tragedy in your thoughts at this extremely difficult time.”

Caitlyn Glosson is a nursing student at the University of West Georgia, she said she can’t believe what happened.

“I was shocked,” said Glosson. “I didn’t think a West Georgia professor would do that.”

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Police said Sigman is charged with murder, three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while committing a crime.

The university said they are cooperating with police in the ongoing investigation.

Police have clarified that the injuries of the suspect in the photo do not belong to the police. He had the injury when he was found.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact Carrollton Police Department at 770-834-4451.

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