Elementary school principal shot and killed in family dispute

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Maury County elementary school principal and her brother were killed in a shooting Saturday.

It happened at 1:22 p.m. at a Columbia residence near the intersection of Galloway and West 11th streets.

Police said when they arrived they found Spring Hill Elementary School Principal Sharron Cantrell, 66, deceased, along with her brother, 63-year-old Tom Caulk.

According to officials, the shooting stemmed from an ongoing family dispute.

Caulk reportedly shot and killed his sister before firing shots at her husband, 67-year-old Terry Cantrell.

Cantrell was able to retrieve a handgun from his vehicle during the altercation. He then shot and killed Caulk.

The shooting remains under investigation and no charges have being filed against Cantrell at this time.

Kim Doddridge, the communication specialist for Maury County Public Schools, released a statement about Cantrell’s passing it. It said in part:

“Sharron has served Maury County Schools for decades and it’s an unspeakable loss for us. She has served our county’s school children with excellence and been a superb leader to her faculty and staff. She will be missed by all who admired her and valued her great work and companionship.”

Spring Hill Elementary faculty and students gathered at the school to reflect their loss. Outside the school flag was at half-staff and a teddy bear and flowers have been left by her parking spot.

The assistant principal told News 2 a candlelight vigil is being planned for Monday night.