What we know so far in Columbus EMT murder case
A Columbus police sergeant has been arrested on a murder charge in a woman’s fatal shooting that investigators called a domestic situation.
Authorities said they arrested Sgt. William Leonard Talley, 51, after he was involved in a wreck off Exit 30 of Interstate 185, in Harris County.
He is accused of shooting Kelly Levinsohn of the 5800 block of Pratt Avenue, said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.
Levinsohn was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound at 9:05 p.m. Saturday, Bryan said. She was 44 years old.
Columbus police said their investigation began around 8 p.m. Saturday, with a 911 call reporting someone either injured or killed in a home on Pratt Avenue. The caller said the suspect worked for the police department.
At the Pratt Avenue home, the caller met police, and told them the suspect had been involved in an accident in Harris County, investigators said.
After officers entered the residence, they found Levinsohn shot to death. They also discovered that her vehicle was missing, police said.
Investigators said Talley was in Levinsohn’s vehicle when he wrecked in Harris County, where he was arrested by Harris County sheriff’s deputies, before an ambulance took him to Piedmont Columbus Regional. That’s where police served the murder warrant Sunday morning and placed him under guard, officers said.
Talley, who has been with the department since July 2002, remained hospitalized in critical condition on Sunday evening, authorities said. He is on leave without pay.
Bryan said Levinsohn was a paramedic for Care Ambulance, and she was well-liked.
“She was a wonderful person, always had a big smile,” said the coroner, who had come to know her from his work. “I would see her on multiple (accident) scenes.”
The people who work in public safety here will miss her, he said: “She was one of us.”
Pratt Avenue is a small block of about nine or 10 homes off of where Moon Road intersects Miller Road. It takes about one minute to walk from end to end.
On Sunday afternoon, a few residents were sitting on their front porches or working in yards, not far from the yellow tape that surrounded Levinsohn’s home.
Based on neighbor estimates, Levinsohn had lived in the Pratt Avenue home for at least four years. She was the friendly type of neighbor who waved as people passed by and acknowledged others.
She was a “wonderful” neighbor and friend, and “hard-working,” a neighbor named Fonda said. She did not wish to disclose her last name. Fonda moved in her home about four years ago, and Levinsohn was already living on Pratt Avenue when she arrived.
The two were good friends and had vacationed together in Florida, Fonda said. She took in Levinsohn’s dog after the incident on Saturday night.
Three other residents on the street did not wish to disclose their names to the Ledger-Enquirer, but all said the neighborhood was a quiet area with minimal traffic and no major incidents like the one that happened on Saturday. None of them had an inkling something was wrong in Levinsohn’s home until police showed up with flashing lights. Some did not know the details until Sunday when police or other neighbors spoke with them.