Saturday, September 20, 2008

Georiga: One dead in Big Canoe domestic dispute

Dawsonville, Georgia

From the Dawson News and Advertiser of September 17, 2008
One dead in Big Canoe domestic dispute

A 44-year-old man died Tuesday morning from gunshot wounds related to a domestic dispute inside the gated Big Canoe community, Dawson County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Tony Wooten said.

The shooting on Columbine Road apparently involved a domestic dispute between business partners, Wooten said.-Mail N

The dead man, Howard Lynn Moreland, and his female business partner allegedly became embroiled in a heated discussion inside the female business partner's home after 9 a.m., Wooten said.

"The husband of the female business partner observed the male victim and his wife in a physical altercation," Wooten said. "At this time we're being told that (Moreland) pulled a knife and the husband of the female business partner had a firearm (rifle) and he shot and killed (Moreland)."

No charges have been filed at this time, Wooten said.

"We're still early in this investigation," he said.

Investigators have been told that Moreland, who has a Canton address listed on his driver's license, was living with a Big Canoe resident at the time of the shooting, Wooten said.

The names of the female business partner, and the name of her husband, who admittedly shot Moreland, have not been cleared for release as of yet, Wooten said.

"If there are no charges, there's no reason to release their names," Wooten said.

Dawson County originally received a 911 call just after 9:30 a.m. that someone had broken into the home in Big Canoe. While deputies were en route, they were notified that the intruder had been shot to death.

Wooten said authorities have been told that the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute between Moreland and his female business partner. Apparently Moreland went to the home to confront his female business partner. Investigators have been told that the verbal exchange led to an alleged physical altercation with the woman's husband admittedly shooting Moreland and fatally wounding him after Moreland allegedly threatened physical violence his wife with a knife.

The couple has told investigators that the fatal shooting was in self-defense.

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