Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Released 911 Call


The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office released the 911 phone call made by Don Spirit today.

Don Spirit called 911 on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at approximately 4 p.m. to inform the police that he had shot and killed his daughter, Sarah Spirit, and his six grandchildren. Spirit told the dispatcher that he would be waiting on his porch for police to arrive, at which point he would shoot himself. The children’s bodies were found throughout the inside of the home, while Sarah Spirit’s body was located outside the residence.

When police officers arrived on the scene, the deputies had verbal contact with Don Spirit before he shot himself, which ultimately resulted in his death, according to the press release issued by the GCSO and FDLE.

The motive behind the slayings are unknown at this time. However, further investigation revealed that Don Spirit was a convicted felon. Police officials are currently investigating how he obtained the firearm: a .45 caliber handgun.



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