Sources: Mistress of former JSU football player kills wife, then - - Jackson, MS

Sources: Mistress of former JSU football player kills wife, then herself

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ATLANTA, GA (Mississippi News Now) -

Multiple sources tell us that a former Jackson State University football player is at the center of a tragic case out of Georgia.

Sources say that the girlfriend of Buster Barnett, kidnapped his wife, shot and killed her, then committed suicide Thursday.

Barnett is originally from Macon, MS and played college football at JSU before going to the NFL and playing for the Buffalo Bills for 4 years. We're told his wife, 58-year-old Sandra Barnett, is originally from Mississippi, also.

According to NBC affiliate in Atlanta, WXIA, it all began Wednesday afternoon when neighbors of the Barnetts said they spotted a black Dodge Durango outside of the home. The neighbors became suspicious because a lock had recently been placed on the gate to the backyard after believing that someone had tampered with the latch.

Clayton County police said they believe that Barnett's girlfriend was the kidnapper.

According to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, deputies spotted the Durango around noon on Thursday at a truck stop on I-20, and a chase ensued.

WXIA says the driver led officers west through two counties. When the chase crossed state lines, the Alabama State Patrol joined in.

The vehicle stopped suddenly while being pursued. According to Clayton County authorities, the suspect reached into the back of the car, retrieved a gun and shot Sandra Barnett before turning the gun on herself.

When Alabama troopers approached the car, they found the two women dead.

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