Clarkesville Mayor Dr. Terry Greene died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a preliminary finding by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner.
Greene, 53, was found at his home Sunday night suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his head that reportedly may have resulted from a domestic dispute. He was taken to Habersham Medical Center, then flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center, where he died.
The investigation began as a “shooting incident that resulted from a reported domestic disturbance at the residence between Mayor Greene and his wife Anne Greene,” according to a news release from the GBI.
Following an autopsy Tuesday, the gunshot wound was determined to be self-inflicted. An official autopsy report will be issued after further forensic testing. The investigation is ongoing.
Greene was first elected to City Council in 1999 after serving for four years on the planning and zoning commission, according to Clarkesville’s website. He was elected mayor in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009 and 2013.
City Council and City Manager Barbara Kesler released this statement on Monday: “We are all devastated by the tragic loss of our mayor, colleague and friend.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we ask (the public to) respect their privacy during this difficult time. We thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support.”
Greene had lived in Clarkesville since 1992 and worked as a physician in private practice in Habersham County since 1992, specializing in internal medicine. He was appointed chief of staff at Habersham Medical Center from 2010 to 2012.
The website also states Greene was a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia, and that he and his wife, Anne, have four children.
Greene’s funeral is set for 3 p.m. Friday at River Point Community Church in Demorest.