Spring Hill Elementary principal shot to death in family dispute

Sharron Cantrell and Tom Caulk

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Maury County elementary school principal was killed in a shooting Saturday that stemmed from a family dispute, police said.

It happened at 1:20 p.m. at a home at the corner of Galloway and West 11th streets in Columbia, approximately 50 miles south of Nashville.

When they arrived, police found Spring Hill Elementary School principal Sharron Cantrell, 66, dead alongside her brother, 63-year-old Tom Caulk.

Tom Caulk
Tom Caulk allegedly shot his sister to death before her husband returned fire, killing him.

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.

Terry Cantrell was able to retrieve a handgun from his vehicle during the altercation and return fire, killing Caulk.

The shooting remains under investigation. No charges were filed.

In a statement, spokesperson for Maury County Public Schools Kim Doddridge called Sharron Cantrell’s passing “an unspeakable loss.”

“Sharron has served Maury County Schools for decades and it’s an unspeakable loss for us,” the statement read. “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 on their loss. The school flag was at half-staff and a teddy bear and flowers were left by Cantrell’s parking spot.

A vigil was held behind the school Monday night. Hundreds attended and the city’s mayor spoke about Cantrell’s 34-year career in the Spring Hill Community.

The assistant principal of Spring Hill Elementary also spoke, sharing Cantrell’s legacy and speaking on how she’s want the community to move forward.

Cantrell’s visitation is Tuesday from 3 until 8 p.m. at Spring Hill Funeral Home at 5239 Main Street.

Her service will be held at the same location Wednesday at 4 p.m. Click here for details.

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