According to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Donald Nicholson was arrested for the death of his aunt, 59-year-old Maria Nicholson, at 9023 County Road 64 in Daphne today, after shooting her with a gun.

In a news release, BCSO said the early investigation indicates Maria Nicholson left her residence before 8 a.m. to go to work. Maria was identified as a “longtime” employee of the city of Daphne who had worked supporting the police department for more than a decade.

At work, she received a call from a family member stating Donald was shooting a gun at her residence. Maria Nicholson returned to the house, where she was “intentionally shot” by Donald “at least one time.”

A neighboring family member called 911 at 8:10 a.m. Daphne police officers took Donald into custody and medical personnel announced Maria dead at the scene.

Donald Nicholson is being held at the Baldwin County Jail in Bay Minette on a $200,000 bond.