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No foul play suspected in Havana shooting death

An investigator with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office said no foul play is suspected in the shooting death of Melissa Hinson, a 37-year old mother of three from Havana.

Hinson was found in her car around 1:15 a.m. July 19, dead from a gunshot wound. The vehicle was parked at the residence she shared with her mother and three young sons.

As of press time Tuesday, authorities still haven’t released details about the nature of the shooting – whether it was the result of an accident or self-inflicted.

Sgt. Anglie Holmes-Highwtower, sheriff’s office investigator and public information officer, did, however, reveal Tuesday, “We don’t suspect anything foul.” She added the investigation is “ongoing” and still in “preliminary stages.”

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is expected to release additional information about the Hinson case later this week, partly to help dispel rampant rumors surrounding the tragedy, Hightower said.

Editor’s note: This is a developing story. The Herald will update it as new information is made available.

By Brian Dekle