Estranged husband shot his wife, another man before turning gun on himself, officials say

A gunman shot and killed his estranged wife and another man before taking his own life, according to Bartow County authorities. 

Nayeli Fernandez-Diaz, 34, and Matthew McArthur, 42, both of White, were fatally shot by Jose Flores-Neve, 37, of Kennesaw, before he turned the gun on himself, Bartow Sheriff Clark Millsap said Monday morning in a news release.

Investigators said they believe the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

Flores-Neve and Fernandez-Diaz were married but reported to have been separated since last year, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Evidence and eye witness information shows that Flores-Neve was following Fernandez-Diaz and McArthur in his vehicle when they entered the dead-end (at) Gray Road off of Old Rudy York Road on Saturday just after 4:30 p.m.,” Millsap said.  “At the end of Gray Road, Flores-Neve confronted the pair armed with a rifle and pistol.”

Numerous shots were fired before Flores-Neve turned the gun on himself, according to the sheriff’s office.

Tiffany Morgan, who lives near the scene, told Channel 2 Action News she heard the gunshots and ran over to help. Then, she said she found the bodies of two men and a woman. 

“I saw the shooter first,” she said. “... And then I looked over and saw the girl.” 

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.