Authorities identified the man as James Monroe Davis, 47, Lithia Springs. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:05 a.m. of a single gunshot wound to the head, said Coroner Randy Daniel.
According to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Sweat, the department received several calls about 9 a.m. of a domestic situation between a man and woman at the Wesley Creekside Apartments on Skyview Drive in Lithia Springs.
“Callers said a man was dragging a woman across the parking lot and beating her,” Sweat said. “She broke away and ran to the leasing office, and the suspect rode his bike across the street to an abandoned shed.”
Sweat said the suspect was encountered by a deputy who tried to negotiate with him for about five minutes.
“The suspect pulled a handgun from his back, put it to his head and shot himself,” Sweat said.
Davis’ body was sent to the State Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy, Daniel said.