Shooting suspect remains critical

COVINGTON - An Oxford man who allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself last week remains in critical but stable condition at an Atlanta area hospital.

According to Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the suspect, Rick Breedlove, 54, has yet to regain consciousness since shooting himself in the face with a .357 magnum handgun.

Authorities say Breedlove shot his girlfriend of two years, Pam Spencer, 49, in the head prior to turning the gun on himself at a home the couple shared at 25 Hickory Hill Drive.

Deputies were alerted by 911 dispatchers that a call had originated from the house and the line was open shortly after 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.

"We received a 911 call from the house, but we do not know who dialed the phone. There was no voice contact from the 911 call, but we knew it had risen to the level of gunshots," Watterson said in a previous interview with the Citizen.

Investigators believe Breedlove and Spencer were involved in an argument that began inside the house and from there the two went outside onto the deck.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found Spencer face down and Breedlove on his left side, lying on the back deck, according to an NCSO incident report. A silver revolver was on the floor "in the immediate area of the male," the report said.

A memorial service will be held for Spencer Saturday at 11 a.m. at Eastridge Community Church, located at 863 Ga. Highway 142 in Covington.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com