Ga. wife kills returning Iraq war vet

Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 4:39 AM
Last updated 4:43 AM
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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.

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1CowboyFan 09/05/10 - 09:49 am
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Sad, to serve in Iraq and

Sad, to serve in Iraq and come home to be killed by your wife.

Quack Quack Quack
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Quack Quack Quack 09/05/10 - 09:55 am
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What a sad sad story.....

What a sad sad story.....

KSL
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KSL 09/05/10 - 09:59 am
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Sad, sad story. But we don't

Sad, sad story. But we don't have any details.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 09/05/10 - 12:18 pm
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we are more than 10 up on

we are more than 10 up on Savannah for the year when it comes to murders

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/05/10 - 02:32 pm
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His coming home might have

His coming home might have messed up her social life.

olehipychick69
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olehipychick69 09/05/10 - 03:56 pm
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No excuse for murder.. this

No excuse for murder.. this is so sad and happening more and more.

thewayitis
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thewayitis 09/05/10 - 04:31 pm
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Another sad example of female

Another sad example of female on male domestic violence.

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old man river 09/05/10 - 04:51 pm
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KSL always thinks there is

KSL always thinks there is more...she kin to justus?

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librarybranchlady 09/05/10 - 05:01 pm
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Are they from Valdosta, GA?

Are they from Valdosta, GA?

corgimom
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corgimom 09/05/10 - 06:20 pm
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Emerydan- Countyman won't

Emerydan- Countyman won't like that news.

chiqagolil
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chiqagolil 09/05/10 - 08:06 pm
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WHAT IS GOING ON WITH GEORGIA

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH GEORGIA WOMEN? WHY SO MANY HOMICIDES? In the last couple of months, there have been reports of mothers killing kids and Couples killing kids and now wives killing husbands. Someone needs to investigate what is triggering this aggression before it spreads even further. As the old Barney Fife saying goes, "Nip it! Nip it! Nip it in the Bud!!!"

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/05/10 - 09:08 pm
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Too many people are taught

Too many people are taught that they can have it all. They believe it, and another one goes down.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 09/05/10 - 09:28 pm
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Watch Out! Women are more

Watch Out! Women are more armed these days. You can buy a gun most anywhere, at grocery stores, the quickie shops and maybe from the kids wondering around in the street. A Constitutional Right and everybody can have a few, the momentarily sane and the incurably dumb too.

Mudfish
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Mudfish 09/05/10 - 09:35 pm
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We do not know what happened

We do not know what happened with this couple but I find it interesting that I know two women, who don't know each other, that have had to divorce their husbands who have been deployed to Iraq multiple times. one married over 10 years with a child and the other over 20 years and has a couple of children. Both became afraid of their husbands because they both had anger problems and acted rather strange at times. Both were afraid of their husbands and the husbands would not seek help. I have heard of others like these two but really do not know them personally. Something seems to be rather strange that this is happening so much.

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Sargebaby 09/05/10 - 09:56 pm
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Show me a grocery store that

Show me a grocery store that has a federal firearm license to sell firearms, and I'll run naked down Broad Street at high noon! It ain't gonna happen, Springwater, because once again, you have exaggerated your comment to the point of lunacy!

Jay Voorhees
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Jay Voorhees 09/05/10 - 10:03 pm
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Y'all hide your eyes.

Y'all hide your eyes. Wal-Mart does (among many other general stores)

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 09/05/10 - 10:06 pm
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Yeah, well while it sells

Yeah, well while it sells groceries, it's not exactly known as a "grocery store." They're called "Super Centers," or just Wal Mart! Go try to buy a hand gun there!

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pommom38 09/05/10 - 10:59 pm
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Right on Sarge!! You can get

Right on Sarge!! You can get shotguns at wallyworld, but not the good ol handguns like i'm after..

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 09/05/10 - 11:04 pm
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Pom, maybe even a rifle or

Pom, maybe even a rifle or two, but no handguns! With Jay, it's a one-upsman thing! He kinda likes having the last word! Snort, Snort! :o)

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