DUNWOODY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Officials said the suspect in a fatal shooting at a Dunwoody apartment complex was a teacher at a DeKalb County high school and a police report obtained by FOX 5 News reveals the murder may have been the result of a bad breakup.
The shooting happened just before 6 a.m. Monday at the Arrive Perimeter Apartments off Ashford Dunwoody Road near Perimeter Mall. Dunwoody Police officers arrived at the gated complex to find James Curtis Jones, 45, dead in the parking garage with gunshot wounds to his chest.
Later that morning, investigators identified a suspect, 42-year-old Ellenwood resident Roy McClendon-Thompson. Dunwoody detectives and officers with the DeKalb County Police Department said they went to Ellenwood to locate McClendon-Thompson, but he fled and led officers on a chase. The chase ended when McClendon-Thompson's car hit a dump truck and he died in the crash.
Tuesday, DeKalb County Schools confirmed McClendon-Thompson was a teacher at McNair High School.
Police continue to investigate what led up to the shooting, though a Dunwoody police spokesperson confirmed that the two were romantically involved. Jones called police at around 2:15 Saturday morning to report that McClendon-Thompson had threatened him.
According to the report, the pair met on Jack'd, a mobile app marketed for gay and bisexual men. The report said that McClendon-Thompson accused Jones of cheating on him because a friend showed him nude photos that Jones allegedly sent him after they too met on the app.
Jones told police that McClendon-Thompson "is mental and he was scared that he would come to his house" and hurt him.
The shooting and the crash remain under investigation.