Woman shot in head at Albany hotel; Suspect on the run

A woman was found dead at the Sunset Inn in Albany on Friday

ALBANY, GA-  Friday morning at around 11 a.m. Albany Police responded to a shooting at 2706 North Slappey Boulevard, otherwise known as the Sunset Inn.

It is confirmed that a 48 year-old caucasian woman had been shot in the head and succumbed to her injuries. Dougherty County Coroner, Michael Fowler told South Georgia Television News the victim’s name is Jerri Dudley.

Fowler also explained the victim was found on the floor in a second story motel room of the Sunset Inn.

Normally, a gun shot wound to the head could suspect possible suicide. However, given the nature of the crime scene and the fact a gun was not recovered, Dudley’s death involved foul play.

“We’re treating it as a homicide” says Fowler. “We always start off treating things as a homicide and work our way back down, but it is definitely going to be a homicide.”

APD was seen questioning witnesses at the hotel and also observing surveillance footage. Based this evidence, the primary suspect has been identified as 17 year-old Anthony Manriquez.

At this time Manriquez is wanted for murder with other charges pending once new information becomes available.

Despite uncovering a suspect, Coroner fowler explains the next steps in determining if Manriquez is in fact the person who committed this crime.

“Now we’re trying to determine where the gun is, trying to determine getting the bullets and looking at that. The next thing we will do it have an autopsy done.  Where we will go to the crime lab and have that done to determine all of that” says Fowler.

Since this investigation is still on-going, Police Chief Michael Persley will not be holding a press conference at this time.

Manriquez is currently on the run and should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information you are asked too call the Albany Police Department at 229-431-2100 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 229-436 TIPS.


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