University of West Georgia professor charged with murder in death of 18-year-old

A now-fired professor at the University of West Georgia has been charged with fatally shooting an 18-year-old woman, officials said.

Richard Sigman, 47, was arrested and charged with murder shortly after Anne Jones, 18, died after being shot in a parking deck in Carrollton, Georgia on Saturday, the Carrollton Police Department said.

Police said officers were originally called to Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton around 12:30 p.m. following reports of a woman being shot.

Jones was pronounced dead at the medical center and Sigman was arrested and charged with murder, aggravated assault on three counts and possession of a firearm during the commission of the crime, police said.

Callers told police the Adamson Square incident took place in a courthouse parking deck after Sigman got into a verbal altercation with another man at Leopoldo’s, a popular pizzeria on the square.

Police said the other man allegedly told at least one guard that Sigman threatened to shoot him. As security forces approached Sigman, they saw that he had a gun and ordered him to leave.

Anna Jones, 18, of Carolton, Georgia, who was shot dead on July 30, 2022.
Anna Jones, 18, of Carolton, Georgia, who was shot dead on July 30, 2022.GoFundMe

Sigman left and went to the parking deck, where he began shooting into a parked vehicle and hitting Jones, police said.

“Friends immediately drove her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead,” police said.

In a statement provided WXIAan Atlanta-based NBC affiliate, a spokesman for the University of West Georgia said Sigman was fired on Saturday.

“On behalf of the university, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Anna’s family and many friends,” said Dr. Brendan Kelly, President of the UWG, in a statement shared with WXIA.

“We know this news is difficult to digest and affects many members of our university community. We ask that you keep Anna’s family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy in your thoughts at this tremendously difficult time,” the statement said.

The university did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News. A site The listing of the school’s faculty with the Department of Management at Richards College of Business had named “Rick Sigman” as an instructor at the school just last month. His profile has since been removed from the site.

According to WXIA, Jones had been enrolled in UWG that fall, but police said she was not one of Sigman’s students, the outlet said.

According to a, the teenager had recently graduated from Mount Zion High School expression posted by school leaders on social media.

“Anna loved this school and this community and she will be greatly missed by many,” the statement read, sharing a link to a GoFundMe page set up to help meet funeral expenses. As of early Monday, more than $17,800 had been raised. University of West Georgia professor charged with murder in death of 18-year-old

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