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Cops follow footprints in snow and find DeKalb murder suspect

A DeKalb County police officer was leaving the scene of a stabbing that left a man dead Wednesday but then noticed footprints in the snow.

The tracks, a rare investigative tool in the Atlanta area, led a few hundred feet to a shed on Brannen Road off I-20 in the Gresham Park area. Inside, the officer found 38-year-old Sasha McCalop with blood on her, according to a police report.

The officer detained McCalop for questioning around 8 a.m.

“She is claiming that there was a physical confrontation between the two and sometime during the struggle, she stabbed him,” department spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said Thursday.

Detectives charged her with murder.

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Further details, including the connection between the victim and suspect, haven’t been released. The man was found dead at a home on Welland Avenue. The victim’s name is being withheld because his family hasn’t been notified of his death.

McCalop remained in the county jail Thursday.


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Authorities say many places where snow and ice melted, but did not dry off, are likely to refreeze tonight.

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