Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh told WGNS that two people died in a shooting late Wednesday (5/16/2018) at their home on Annadel Court, just off state route 96 West (Franklin Highway). Responding deputies heard shots fired when they responded to a 911 call shortly after 10:00 o'clock.
Patrol deputies found the bodies of 47 year old Anthony Gaunichaux and his 36-year old wife, Amanda.
WGNS has learned that Amanda was a nurse practitioner for Saint Thomas. Anthony was said to suffer from PTSD, according to a neighbor who did not wish to be named.
A statement was released by Saint Thomas Midtown in Nashville:
"This morning we received the tragic news that one of our Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital Heart Nurse Practitioners, Amanda Gaunichaux, was killed last night. We are shocked and saddened by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with Amanda's family. Amanda worked for Saint Thomas Health for almost eight years at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and in the Saint Thomas Heart practice. Amanda was a hard-working and compassionate nurse practitioner who will be greatly missed."
Detective Hall's investigation revealed, "The wife appeared to be the victim of a fatal shooting. The husband died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound."
"While dispatchers were on the phone, they heard shots fired over the phone," Hall said.
Responding patrol deputies made contact with the husband, who placed the couple's son outside. Deputies cared for him in a patrol car.
Detective Hall explained, "Almost immediately, patrol deputies heard the sound of a gunshot and deputies entered the home where they found the husband and wife both deceased. The child was not physically harmed during the incident and is being cared for."
Evidently, the couple had just moved into the home this past May (5/22/17) and had been there for almost one full year.
Detectives commended patrol deputies for the way they handled the situation under the stressful circumstances.
Patrol deputies respond daily to domestic violence calls.
Detective Hall concluded, "If you are in an abusive relationship, please seek help. If you know someone who is involved in an abusive relationship, please encourage the person to seek help. Due to the cycle of domestic violence, abusive relationships rarely improve without professional help."
People abused in domestic relationships may obtain victim services through the Domestic Violence Center by calling 615-896-2012.