Boyfriend shot, killed by dad was fired for bringing gun to work

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A fight between a Hall County couple turned deadly after the woman's father stepped in and shot her boyfriend, Thomas McNulty. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
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  • A father pulled the trigger after his daughter’s boyfriend shot her in the back, the sheriff's office said.
  • Thomas McNulty died at the scene.
  • Charges have not been filed in the deadly shooting.


A Georgia man who was shot and killed by his girlfriend’s father had recently been fired for bringing a gun to work, his former boss said.

About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, investigators responded to a home in the 3400 block of Jet-Wright Road in Hall County, where a woman had a shotgun wound to her back, sheriff’s Lt. Scott Ware said.

Thomas McNulty, 25, shot Jessica Rusk after a fight at the home, Ware said. Immediately afterward, her father, Floyd Rusk, shot and killed McNutly, Ware said.

Scott Corathers told Channel 2 Action News he let McNulty go from his job after a week as an IT contractor because he broke company policy.

McNulty brought a handgun to a job site, Corathers said. He told his boss it was an accident and that he was sorry. 

“He forgot it was in his back pocket,” Corathers told the news station.

The 22-year-old woman shot by McNulty was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where she remains in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the sheriff’s office.

Neighbor Sabrena Kapetanis told Channel 2 Action News that she can barely believe the tragic incident, but doesn’t blame Rusk from shooting in defense of his daughter.

“That's going to haunt him,” Kapetanis said. “I've been praying for him. I know it's hard on him and my heart goes out to him.”

Charges have not been filed in the deadly shooting, Ware said.

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