Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Walnut Grove, Georgia

From the Atlanta's WXIA11.com of April 20, 2004:

Man Kills Nephew in Self Defense

An 18-year-old man died at the hands of his uncle early Tuesday after he tried to run his uncle down with a pickup truck. No charges were planned in what authorities described as a justified killing.

"All the indications of the investigation right now (is) it appears that he shot him in self defense. It appears that the 18-year-old was trying to run over his uncle. He had already held him at gunpoint and took the keys to the truck away from his uncle," said Walton County Sheriff Al Yarbrough.

Deputies first received a call between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. about a possible suicide threat on County Farm Road. When they arrived, they found the teen had been shot dead while behind the wheel of his uncle's pickup.

The deceased, Jeremy Woods, first showed up at his mother's home in Stone Mountain Monday night after skipping a required nightly visit to jail.

"He was part of a Rockdale County work release. He did not turn himself in last night at the work release center," Sheriff Yarbrough said on 11Alive News at Noon.

Woods had been jailed on charges involving drugs, reckless driving, no proof of insurance, possession of a weapon by a minor, and giving police a false name.

Woods and his mother got into an argument when she tried to convince him to report to the jail. Woods then showed up at his father's house in Walnut Grove Tuesday morning. He broke into the house, smashed open gun cases, and stole a shotgun. Relatives told authorities that the teen then threatened to kill his family members. He held the shotgun on his uncle, who had arrived from a nearby home to help, before stealing his uncle's truck.

The uncle opened fire with a handgun when Woods tried to run him down with the truck.

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