A man suspected of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend while she was working at a Georgia post office was taken into custody after he started a fire and shot himself during a two-hour standoff with police.
Police found Quantez D’Ante Tyre, 22, at a relative’s home on Friday, four days after Tyrika Terrell was shot several times in the head at a Decatur post office 11 miles outside Atlanta.
Police tried to negotiate with Tyre, who barricaded himself inside a bedroom and started a fire, WSB-TV reported.
He had shot himself by the time a SWAT team broke into the home, and Tyre was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he remains in custody of the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office.
Moments before she was killed, the 22-year-old mail carrier called 911 to report that Tyre, who had made threats to kill her a week before, was loitering outside her workplace, WSB-TV reported.
Witnesses said the suspect looked nervous inside a laundromat next door before he approached Terrell in the parking area of the post office.
Shots rang out moments later, and Terrell was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Terrell, who started working as a city carrier last month, leaves behind a six-month-old daughter she had with Tyre.
The suspect, who faces felony murder charges, has a history of abuse.
Tyre pleaded guilty to beating a former girlfriend last year, police revealed. He was sentenced to probation and domestic violence counseling.