Doctor fatally shot checking on suicidal son, officials say

Doctor fatally shot checking on suicidal son, officials say

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Dr. Paul Martin
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  • After killing his father, Cameron Clark Martin turned the gun on himself, the sheriff’s office said.
  • A SWAT team found their bodies after using a robot.

A man and his father are dead after Hall County authorities said the son shot the dad and turned the gun on himself.

According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Martin, 29, told family members he was suicidal Saturday.

Dr. Paul Martin, 56, of Gainesville, went to Cameron Martin’s home in the 2300 block of Thompson Mill Road to check on him, Hall sheriff's spokesman Stephen Wilbanks said Monday in a statement.

Cameron Martin, however, ended up shooting his father, then calling 911, Wilbanks said.

Deputies and Gainesville police negotiators responded to the incident just before midnight and tried to make contact with Cameron Martin, authorities said.

“After all efforts to establish contact with anyone inside failed, a robot was inserted into the house and discovered one deceased person,” Wilbanks said. 

The SWAT team then went into the home to complete a search and found another person shot to death. 

The case remains under investigation.

According to his obituary, Cameron Martin “struggled with depression for many years.”

Paul Martin, whose funeral was Wednesday, worked at the Gainesville Radiology Group, according to his obituary. He was a native of Miami and attended the University of South Carolina. He had three other children.

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