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Woman shot and killed in Daphne; alleged shooter in custody

Baldwin County Sheriff's Office deputies are shown at the scene of a fatal shooting Friday morning, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photos: Hal Scheurich, FOX10 News) Baldwin County Sheriff's Office deputies are shown at the scene of a fatal shooting Friday morning, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photos: Hal Scheurich, FOX10 News)
DAPHNE, AL (WALA) -

The Daphne Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own after a shooting Friday morning, February 9, 2018.  It happened inside the employee’s home and investigators said it was her nephew that pulled the trigger.  Investigators with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office have been at the home at County Roads 64 at 13 all day processing the crime scene. 

Investigators said shots were fired on two separate occasions, prompting the temporary lockdown of Daphne East Elementary and Daphne Middle schools.  Maria Anita Nicholson had already gone to work at the Daphne Police Department when she got a phone call about someone shooting at her house.

“She got or received a call that her nephew who resides here also had, was shooting a firearm in the yard and around the house,” said Major Anthony Lowery with Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.  “She left her place of employment and came here to try and deal with that situation.”

Daphne Police were also on their way to the house, but before they arrived, relatives nearby heard another round of shots.

“He responded here and actually saw or heard the shooting and found the deceased lady inside and ran out and called the police and the police were arriving at the time because the shots fired call had already come in so, but we did have family members that did discover her deceased and also saw him with a gun in his hand,” explained Capt. Steve Arthur with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

Maria Nicholson died at the scene.  Police and Sheriff’s deputies spoke with the suspect briefly from outside before going into the home and making the arrest.  Twenty six year-old Donald Nicholson was charged with the murder of his aunt.  What led up to the incident is not known at this time, but the Sheriff’s Office has had prior run-ins with the suspect.

“We know that he has a history of at least misdemeanor arrests.  He contacted the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office on the 24th of January, requesting a pistol permit.  We denied that pistol permit based on concerns about his history,” Lowery said.

Maria Nicholson worked for the city of Daphne for more than 20 years and had been an administrative assistant with the Police Department for the last 12.

“It’s difficult.  It’s been a difficult time for our employees,” said Daphne Mayor, Dane Haygood.  “We’re a work family and we’ve got a community that’s grieving, a family that’s grieving and fellow employees that are grieving as well.”

Donald Nicholson’s bond was set at $200,000.  District Attorney, Bob Wilters said the reason for the high bond is because of several incidents that occurred after his arrest and before his bond hearing.  Those included spitting on an assistant DA and cursing at the judge after which he was removed from the courtroom.  More charges may come stemming from those incidents.   
 

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