Report: Summerville man charged with woman's murder said shooting was accidental

Published: Aug. 7, 2015 at 12:50 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2015 at 1:20 AM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - A 28-year-old Summerville man charged with murder told emergency dispatchers that he accidentally shot a 35-year-old woman, according to newly released court papers.

William Thomas Gule, Jr. was denied bond Thursday night for the shooting death of 35-year-old Pamela Burgess of Charleston who died from a gunshot wound in West Ashley.

An affidavit states on Wednesday at 8:22 a.m. Gule called the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch and told the dispatcher the he accidentally shot his baby's mother after the two had an argument over who was keeping their son.

According to police, Gule said the shooting happened at 6 a.m. and he did not know if the victim survived the shooting because he left the home with their son.

In addition, investigators say Gule told the dispatcher that he dropped his son off at his father's home, and he wanted to turn himself in.

CPD officers then responded to an apartment on Braxton Avenue and located Burgess' body in an upstairs bedroom. 

According to investigators, the victim was lying on her right side on top of her bed with the covers pulled up. Court records state there were at least two gunshot wounds to the victim's left temple area.

Investigators reported locating three spent 9mm Winchester Luger shell casings in the bedroom. A report states the shell casings were the same type that was loaded in the firearm that Gule was found with.

"The crime scene did not portray a 'tussle' as the defendant suggested," stated an affidavit.

Dorchester County deputies responded to the Dollar General store on Orangeburg Road and took Gule into custody.

Deputies said Gule was in a possession of a firearm which he surrendered.

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