Deputies: Man shoots girlfriend in head, kills himself

WESTFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says a man killed himself early Thursday morning after critically wounding his girlfriend by shooting her in the head on Route 5 in Barcelona.

Deputies say Sam Reynolds, 38, and Nicole Sheehan, 29, both of Lancaster, had traveled to Barcelona along the Lake Erie shoreline to celebrate Sheehan’s birthday.

The sheriff’s office says Sheehan fled to a residence on Route 5 after being shot, and was eventually taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA, where she is listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities immediately began searching for her boyfriend in the area of the Barcelona Beach and Marina when officers heard a gunshot. Deputies found Reynolds a short time later on the beach, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The investigation is continuing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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