Local News

April 30, 2012

Two dead; one arrested

Police: Dispute led to shootings

After a bullet entered her back and came out her upper leg, Deborah J. Canales fled to a neighbor’s house several yards away.

Police say she was shot by her son, Emilio Christopher Canales, at their Dalton home Sunday morning. He is accused of having shot and killed his father, Emilio Canales Sr., 50, and brother, Emilio Francisco Canales, 31.

Emilio Christopher Canales, 27, of 1011 Dude St., is charged with two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault, according to a release from the Dalton Police Department.

A “domestic dispute” led to the shootings, but officials did not know Sunday what the dispute was about, said Bruce Frazier, spokesman for the Dalton Police Department. He said Dalton Police officers have not been called to the house for domestic problems in the past.

Deborah Canales was treated by her neighbors until medical help arrived. She was transported to Hamilton Medical Center, Frazier said. She was in the surgical intensive care unit in critical condition on Sunday evening, according to the release. She is expected to recover from the gunshot wounds, it states.

Deborah Canales told police she had been shot by her son, who had fled the scene. They issued a lookout for his vehicle, which was spotted a few hours later by a Whitfield County deputy, Frazier said.

Emilio Christopher Canales was arrested around 12:30 p.m. on Sparks Lane, off South Dixie Highway, the release states.

A gun was recovered at the residence, Frazier said.

The Dalton Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shooting, but they do not believe anyone else is involved in the shootings.

Emilio Christopher Canales has been arrested several times before, including in 2005 for carrying a concealed weapon and pointing a gun at another person; in 2006 for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and several probation violations.

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