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Sanford Authorities Quick To Arrive On Scene Of Deadly Murder-Suicide

Posted December 10, 2003 5:13 a.m. EST

— Sanford police Wednesday gave a first-hand account of what happened at the scene of a murder-suicide near a community college. While witnesses were amazed by the quick response, officers wish they would have gotten there sooner.

Witnesses said Greg Schultz was waiting for his ex-girlfriend, Rosa Speagle, after she got out of her class Monday at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford.

Witnesses said Schultz grabbed Speagle by the hair at gunpoint and took her into the woods. According to 911 tapes, police arrived on the scene quickly afterward. Authorities say the first officer on scene saw Schultz forcing Speagle across the road.

"The first responding officer got there. He signaled 10-33, which means 'Help me, quick,'" said Sgt. David Smith, of the Sanford Police Department.

The officer then saw Schultz by himself in a field. Authorities said Schultz had shot Speagle in a wooded area near the school before shooting himself in the field.

The community college has its own police force, but Sanford police were able to get there quicker.