The man who committed suicide in Chattooga County, Larry B. Dover, 64, has officially been listed as the offender in the death of 69 year-old Wesley Wayne Stewart, of Rome. Police reports did not say the manner in which Stewart was killed.
The man accused of killing himself after taking a truck of a now deceased Rome man and then shooting at a woman in Chattooga County previous served time in prison for murder. According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Larry B. Dover, was released on parole just over six years ago for the murder of his wife.
Dover was convicted of stabbing his wife to death in Bartow County back in February 1980. He was sentenced in 1983 and then released in 2009.
Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader was in Rome on Monday night at the home of a suspicious death just hours after a shooting in his county. Rome police were dispatched to a home on Marshall Lane just after 5 pm. Deputy Coroner Ernie Studdard pronounced the victim, Wesley Wayne Stewart, 69, dead at 5:55 pm. According to reports, Stewart’s wife found him inside the home. She reported that she had not spoken to him all day.
The body will be sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy.
This comes hours after Floyd County was put on a ‘BOLO’ for a man, identified as 64 year-old Larry B. Dover, of Rome, who fired multiple gunshots at a woman near the intersection of Hwy 337 and Trion-Teloga Road. Authorities said that the shooting started with a domestic dispute and ended with his death.
Police said that Dover fired two shots into the woman’s car. She was uninjured.
However, after the shooting Dover went to the woman’s house on Webb Road and set it on fire.
After searching for the Dover, he was found hiding in a truck, which is believed to be that of the man found dead in Rome, around 4:45 pm down a dirt road off Neal Gap Road in Teloga.
Authorities said that as deputies approached, Dover shot himself in the head. He later died being transported to a Rome hospital.