Update: Deputies investigating suspected murder-suicide

John Ford

Newton County deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place Thursday morning.

Sheriff Ken Copeland said the incident began at about 9:15 a.m. when a man kidnapped his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint, forcing her to drive him to a business near the intersection of Route FF and Brookside Drive near the border of Newton and Jasper counties.

“He released her at that point and went inside the business,” Copeland said.

Once inside, the man, a former employee of the business, confronted a 23-year-old man, the son of the business owner, the sheriff said. The younger man called his father, who arrived at the scene and ordered the former employee to leave. The man refused, and the business owner called the sheriff.

“Next, he saw a muzzle blast,” Copeland said. “We arrived, surrounded the building, and saw two bullet holes in a window.”

The officers tried to make contact with someone inside the business, getting no reply.

Fearing someone was in need of medical attention, Copeland said, deputies entered.

Inside, they found the bodies of the young man and the suspect.

“He apparently shot the 23-year-old with one shot and then shot himself once,” Copeland said.

The victim was identified as Rustin A. Dewitt, 23, who lived at the trucking company where the shooting occurred. The suspect was identified as Marion Naroznik, 56, of Wentworth.

The sheriff said a .38 caliber handgun was used in the incident.

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