Man arrested in woman’s fatal shooting at East Point apartment complex

Shelton Cruz Handspike was arrested Thursday after a woman was shot dead Tuesday inside her East Point apartment.

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Shelton Cruz Handspike was arrested Thursday after a woman was shot dead Tuesday inside her East Point apartment.

An Atlanta man was arrested after allegedly shooting a woman to death at an apartment complex in East Point and then turning the gun on himself, police said.

East Point police officers responded Tuesday night to the Lexington Apartments in the 3000 block of Washington Road and found a woman who had been fatally shot. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 21-year-old Dennishia Smith.

Police questioned another woman who told them the suspect, later identified as Shelton Cruz Handspike, began arguing with Smith. The woman said a struggle ensued when the suspect tried to take her gun. Police allege Handspike shot Smith and then shot himself after he managed to wrestle the weapon away from the other woman, who was unharmed.

Handspike was arrested Thursday on charges of murder, three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony. He remained in custody Tuesday at the Fulton County Jail without bond, online records show.

Police did not provide further details about his gunshot wounds or if he was taken to a hospital.