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.