Polk County Coroner's Office

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 had 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.

Later this afternoon, Cobb County police were able to release more information about the late night murder. Police were reported to have arrived at 2205 Manatee Court in Powder Springs where they found a dead woman in the yard with a gunshot wound. After investigation police reported that Borders and the woman knew each other but were just acquaintances. Borders immediately fled the scene after the shooting around 10 p.m. 

Police in Cobb County have yet to release the name of the woman shot and killed citing difficulties in making a next of kin notification. She was believed to be Nigerian according to a release from their department. 

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.

Borders is alleged to have 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, Robinson said.