Police: Polk man commits suicide after killing girlfriend

Kenny Dodd

Polk County police provided additional details this morning on the death of a Rockmart man alleged to have killed his girlfriend in Cobb County.

According to Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd:

44-year-old Tandy Borders told a Rockmart police officer on the phone as he was driving back to Polk County to kill himself around 11 p.m. Sunday.

"Police received a lookout for a suicidal suspect heading to a church on Prospect Road to commit suicide, possibly been involved in the death of his girlfriend in Powder Springs," Dodd said.

Officers went to Prospect Road church and found no one there.

Officers eventually spotted Borders driving on Highway 278 and tried to stop him at the intersection at Coot's Lake Road.

Borders made it to the turnoff for Atlanta Highway and the chase ended at McDowell Road, where he took his own life, Dodd said.

"According to the information we received, he told someone that he had killed his girlfriend, but not local law enforcement," Dodd said.

Police say Borders shot and killed his girlfriend in Cobb County around 9 p.m., then traveled back home to Polk County to find a secluded area to kill himself.