SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A soldier was fatally shot by his wife in a Wilmington Island home shortly after he returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, according to Savannah-Chatham police.
Early Saturday, metro police were called to the home on the 100 block of Runner Road on a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Staff Sgt. Michael A. Sams, 36, badly injured. About 8 a.m., paramedics rushed him to Memorial University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, said Julian Miller, metro police spokesman.
Sams had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, Miller said. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said there were no ceremonies Friday for returning soldiers.
"He may have returned from a group, but we don't know yet," Larson said.
Sams' wife - Melaya Sams - was taken into custody by metro police for questioning.
Charges could be pending, Miller said, adding the case will be reviewed by the Chatham County District Attorney's Office.
Miller said Sams was shot during a domestic dispute.
The soldier's death is the 14th homicide reported to metro police this year. About the same time last year, there were 19 reported homicides.
News of the shooting rocked residents of the quiet Wilmington Island neighborhood.
Diane Reeder, the Sams' neighbor, said she and her husband woke up Saturday to flashing blue lights and police tape.
"It's terribly sad - it's just so tragic," Reeder said. "We just got up this morning and there were police cars."
Reeder said she knew the Sams but never heard trouble brewing inside their brick-faced home.