JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A triple killing in south Georgia involving former Glynn County Police Lt. Corey Sasser reawakes memories of another deadly shooting involving the officer.
The mother of a woman the former police officer killed while on duty in 2010 said word that the same officer shot and killed his ex-wife, her friend and possibly himself, has her wondering if Sasser's problems with violence should have been dealt with long ago.
Karen McGehee said her 35-year-old daughter, Caroline Small, was shot and killed after Glynn County police responded to calls that her daughter was doing drugs in her car in a hotel parking lot.
Small led police on a 30-minute car chase that ended in a neighborhood, and that's when she started to drive toward officers, including Corey Sasser, who was a sergeant with the force at the time.
McGehee said that's when Sasser and another officer fired a total of eight shots at Small's windshield, killing her.
Both officers were cleared and the deadly force was considered justified, but Small's mother thinks she was wrongfully killed.
Eight years later, McGehee is reacting to Sasser's recent actions that left three people dead including himself.
"I was totally shocked. I was very saddened to think that these innocent victims were shot. I don’t think this would’ve happened if somebody had taken some initiative there and dealt with him," McGehee said.
Small had two children, as did Sasser. McGehee said she can't help but think of the kids.
"It’s very difficult for the children. This is something that they will have to live with for their whole life, and dealing with the loss of a parent is just traumatic to any child and just to go through life and be dealing with that because of him," McGehee said.
She said she blames the police department in Glynn County for all of the lives being lost. McGehee said it all happened because no one took the time to deal with the problems Corey Sasser had, including post-traumatic-stress-disorder from his time in the military.