Mother killed, teen daughter wounded in shooting at Springfield home

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Boyd Holland Road Springfield shooting

(Courtesy: Smokey Barn News)

ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 46-year-old woman has died after being shot in the head at a home in Springfield early Friday morning.

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office said Melanie Dempsey and her 15-year-old daughter were shot around 1 a.m. at a residence on Boyd Holland Road.

The mother and daughter were both taken to a nearby hospital, where Dempsey, 46, was initially listed in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, deputies said. The sheriff’s office revealed Saturday morning that Dempsey had died from her injuries.

Dempsey’s 15-year-old daughter had been shot in the wrist, according to investigators. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Robert Mitchell (Courtesy: Robertson County Detention Center)

Detectives identified the suspected gunman as 38-year-old Robert Mitchell. They said Mitchell lived with the victims and shot both of them after a domestic situation involving Dempsey.

Mitchell was arrested and booked into the Robertson County jail on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault. Following Dempsey’s death, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office said the attempted murder charge against Mitchell would likely be upgraded to murder.

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