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Shooter in Jackson Co. murder-attempted suicide identified as victim's husband

Ronald and Stephanie Ellis in a photo that was posted to Ronald's Facebook psge on Nov. 30.

By Joe Johnson

The shooter who last week killed a Jefferson woman in a murder-attempted suicide was identified Monday by Jackson County Sheriff Janice Mangum as the victim’s husband.

The incident happened Thursday night at the couple’s home on Preakness Trail in Jefferson.

One of the couple’s daughters reportedly called 911 to report that her father, 44-year-old Ronald Oliver Ellis had shot his wife, 40-year-old Stephanie Wade Ellis.

The sheriff's office did not identify Ronald Ellis as the shooter when announcing the incident on Saturday.

Other children were in the house at the time but they did not witness the incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

The husband and wife were transported to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, where Stephanie Ellis died that night from her injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

Ronald Ellis, who shot himself in the head, remained in critical condition on Monday, according to Mangum, who said that he faces criminal charges if and when he recovers.

Mangum did not know what precipitated the deadly incident, but said, “we have had calls before to that residence for domestic violence issues.

According to her Facebook page, Ellis was a registered nurse employed by Northeast Georgia Health System.

Ronald Ellis worked for Advance Auto Parts, according to his Facebook page.

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