Domestic dispute turns deadly after a shooting at FICOSA in Cookeville

Posted By | April 13, 2017 6:48 am

L-R: Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton, Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris, District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, and Cookeville Police Maj. Carl Sells discuss the shooting before holding a press conference. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Update on April 12, 2017

A 30-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man have both died after a reported domestic incident in the morning hours of April 11 at the FICOSA manufacturing plant, in Cookeville.

According to Cookeville Police Department, Angelique Elizabeth Deplae, 30, opened fire on two individuals, Rebecca Ann Louise Marion Crowley, 35, and Tyler Wayne Stults, 20, in the parking lot of FICOSA.

According to a press release issued by Cookeville Police Department, at 11 a.m., April 12, Stults passed away from his injuries at approximately 11 p.m., April 11, which has been confirmed by the medical examiner’s office, in Nashville.

Crowley remains hospitalized, in Chattanooga. She is in stable condition and is expected to recover from her injuries.

According to eyewitnesses, Crowley and Stults were sitting in a vehicle in the FICOSA parking lot. Deplae reportedly approached their vehicle, opened the driver’s door, and began to rapidly fire a revolver at the two victims.

Deplae then reportedly walked toward the front of the vehicle and took her own life.

After the investigation was conducted by Cookeville Police Department, it was revealed that Stults and Deplae had been in a prior domestic relationship.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., on April 11, 2017, Putnam County 911 received an emergency call about a possible shooting at FICOSA, which is in the Highlands Industrial Park, in Cookeville.

According to Maj. Carl Sells, with Cookeville Police Department, the shooting occurred during an altercation involving two females, one of which was the shooter, and a male victim. Officials have determined this was an isolated domestic violence incident.

Bryant Dunaway, district attorney general for the 13th Judicial District of Tennessee, stated during a press conference, which was attended by The Expositor, “The scene was secured immediately following the shooting, and there was no threat to the community.”

Approximately 15 law enforcement officers from Cookeville Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff Department responded to the scene. The shooting incident was already over upon their arrival.

The Expositor obtained a statement from a spokesperson with FICOSA, “ FICOSA North America offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends and co-workers of the individuals affected by today’s tragic event at our facility in Cookeville, Tennessee. We are cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation and assure our employees that our greatest priority is their continued safety.”

According to Sells, “Our thoughts continue to be with the families of all involved as well as the employees of the business.”

The Cookeville Police Department wants to thank all those who assisted in this incident.

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