Shaw woman dies from smoke
by Courtney Warren
Jan 17, 2014 | 4744 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A woman is dead after a fire and reports of gunshots in Shaw on Wednesday morning.

According to the call information sheet from the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department, at 9:10 a.m. the sheriff's department received a call from Perry McAbee saying his girlfriend, Doris Elliott, 47 of Shaw, had shot him in the back with a .25, that "Doris has mental problems," and he advised he smelled smoke in the house.

The Shaw Volunteer Fire Department responded along with the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department and upon arrival McAbee told deputies Elliottt had shot him in the back twice.

According to the incident report by the sheriff's department, "Mr. McAbee advised that Ms. Elliott had some mental issues and was trying to get some help."

McAbee also told deputies that he saw smoke coming from the back bedroom and he tried to enter the room but "was fronted with gun shots."

He then told deputies "he heard two gun shots and didn’t know if he was shot twice."

The incident report also showed McAbee believed Elliott may have shot herself because of the two gun shots he heard.

According to Bolivar County Deputy Coroner Murray Roark, Elliott died of smoke inhalation and when asked if she had any gun shot wounds he said, "not to my knowledge."

The sheriff's department contacted Elliott's son, Nicholas Elliott and according to the incident report, "he took Ms. Elliott to Life Help on Monday to get some medicine because she had been without for about a month. Mr. Nicholas went on to say that Ms. Elliott had been hearing voices for the past two days and that he was going to take her back this morning."

Life Help full service community mental health facility is in Greenwood.

The report said Mr. Elliott stated Life Help was waiting on a bed to open for Elliott.

Later in the evening Bolivar Commercial reporters witnessed McAbee returning to the home, removing his personal belongings and major household appliances, and leaving saying "I have no comment. I doubt if I'll come back."

It was also discovered that the bedroom window in the back of the home was busted out and smoke fire and smoke damage was in the bedroom. There was no water damage.

When asked about the incident and who put the fire out in the home, Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams said, "I haven't gotten back with my investigators and I have no comment on that."