UPDATE (6:30 PM, 4/29/12): Emilio Christopher Canales has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault in connection with this case. The surviving victim, Deborah Canales, is reportedly in the surgical intensive care unit at Hamilton Medical Center and is expected to recover.
Acting on a lookout issued by Dalton Police investigators, a Whitfield County deputy arrested Emilio Christopher Canales, 27, in relation to a double homicide that occurred after some sort of domestic dispute earlier this morning in Dalton. A third shooting victim from the incident was transported to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton and no information about her condition is available.
The incident happened shortly before 9:30 am at 1011 Dude Street. A neighbor called 911 reporting hearing gunshots coming from the house. One victim, Deborah J. Canales, 50, ran from the house at 1011 Dude Street to a neighboring home where residents cared for her until responding police officers secured the scene for emergency medical personnel. Canales told responding officers that her son, Emilio Christopher Canales shot her and fled the scene. She was later transported by EMS to Hamilton Medical Center. Once officers secured the scene and made entry into the house at 1011 Dude Street, they found Emilio Canales, Sr., 50, and his son Emilio Francisco Canales, 31, dead at the scene from gunshot wounds.
DPD investigators were able to determine the type of vehicle in which the suspect was travelling and issued a lookout for the vehicle. A Whitfield County Sheriff’s deputy found Canales and took him into custody and turned him over to Dalton Police investigators.
Dalton Police Department investigators spent most of the day working on the case, including the department's Crime Scene Investigator. He was assisted at the scene by a Crime Scene Investigator from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation who used a new piece of equipment to scan the crime scene and produce a 3D map of the scene which can be used later by investigators.
This incident is still being investigated by the Dalton Police Department, however at this time it is not believed that there are any additional suspects at large.