Sheriff: Georgetown County double homicide result of ‘domestic incident’

Published: Jul. 21, 2022 at 6:08 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2022 at 3:21 PM EDT
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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – One person is in custody in connection to a double homicide in Georgetown County, according to officials.

Georgetown County Coroner Chase Ridgeway said 44-year-old John Altman died inside a home near the Ringel Heights community. He said that 30-year-old Emily Richitelli was taken to the hospital where she later died. Both victims were from Georgetown.

Deputies also believe the shootings were the result of a domestic incident.

Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver said deputies arrived in the area of the Ringel Heights community just after midnight Thursday and made contact with witnesses, who identified the suspect as Ronnie Todd, 42, of Georgetown.

Authorities responded to multiple locations before arriving at Todd’s home, where they found the hood of his vehicle hot to the touch. They then heard noise from inside the home and tried to contact Hood, who refused to come out.

The SWAT team was later activated, but Hood eventually surrendered after talking with a negotiator from the sheriff’s office.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Weaver said Todd was taken into custody via “a coordinated effort between patrol deputies, investigators, negotiators and SWAT team members to end a potentially dangerous situation quickly and without further injury.”

Stefanie Schallhorn, a friend of Richitelli spoke to WMBF News later Thursday, saying that she and Todd were in a relationship. She also wanted people to know how caring her friend was.

“She was a good mom, a great friend, a great daughter, a great sister, she was just a great person in general,” said Schallhorn. “If you needed a shirt shed give you the one off her back.”

Todd is charged with two counts of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of ammunition.

He’s being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center without bond.

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