Deputies: Homicide suspect shot himself at gas station in Rincon

Deputies: Homicide suspect shot himself at gas station in Rincon

RINCON, Ga. (WTOC) - Effingham County deputies say a homicide suspect killed himself when they cornered him at a gas station in Rincon.

The Port Wentworth Police Department sent information about a homicide suspect on Friday afternoon. Effingham County deputies spotted the suspect just outside of Rincon, according to the public information officer for the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say the suspect pulled into the Marathon gas station on Hwy 21 near Chimney Road. When deputies approached the car, they say the suspect shot himself.

The suspect has been identified as 47-year-old Daniel De’Sha. He was being sought in connection with the possible murder of his girlfriend, 49-year-old Maria Book, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Port Wentworth Police Department was alerted around noon Friday by a family member of Book. She was believed to be in danger and the family sought a welfare check.

“This could’ve gone a lot of ways, obviously. This suspect had already taken one person’s life, and probably didn’t have any real issue with taking more. We’re lucky, really, that he took his own life instead of engaging officers," said Gena Sullivan, with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.

We asked the sheriff’s office how important it is to work with neighboring agencies.

“We all help each other out, and it’s happened in the past. If we needed them, they’d be here," Sullivan said. "Obviously, their suspect came into our county, so we were going to find him.”

According to the sheriff’s office, there was no car chase.

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