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LCSO working homicide; victim, suspect identified

Lamar investigators are on the scene of a possible homicide at a residence on Chappell Mill Road. UPDATE: The victim and suspect have been identified. UPDATE: The LCSO has issued a news release on the shooting death. The 911 call came in about 1:30 p.m of an unresponsive man lying in a yard at 929 Chappell Mill Rd. Radio traffic indicated the man had been shot in the chest. No weapon was near the body, indicating foul play. At the scene, a body can be seen behind crime scene tape. The male is on his back motionless. More to follow… UPDATE AT 6:41 p.m. Sheriff Brad White has identified the victim as Donald Terrell Clark. The crime suspect has been identified as Joshua James Cox. Cox is in the Butts County jail on a family violence charge. That crime occurred after the shooting, sheriff White said. “We haven’t charged him in the shooting yet but he is our prime suspect,” sheriff White said. UPDATE: At 2:30 p.m. coroner Jim Smith was enroute to the scene. According to Capt. Todd Pippin, the GBI Crime Scene Invesitigators have also been called to the scene. Tax records show the property is owned by Larry and Angela Jackson. A neighbor reported hearing two gunshots in rapid succession between 8:45 and 9:15 this morning. UPDATE: By late afternoon a GBI crime scene unit was at the scene. The Herald Gazette has learned the name of the victim from friends but is withholding it until official release. A woman identified by bystanders as the victim’s wife was at the scene shortly after the body was found. LCSO NEWS RELEASE: At approximately 0935 hours Spalding County 911 received a call from a male subject stating he had just shot a man in the chest and was going to put the weapon in the road. The male subject called from a cellphone and hung up before Spalding County 911 could get an address. The male subject did leave his name. Numerous attempts were made to ping the cellphone, however those attempts were unsuccessful. At approximately 1323 hours, Lamar County 911 received a call about a male subject unresponsive in the driveway at 939 Chappell Mill Road. Upon arrival at the location, Lt. Chris Webster found a deceased male in the driveway with what appeared to be a gunshot to the chest. Investigators with Lamar County Sheriff’s Office have located the male subject who called Spalding County 911. The male subject had just been incarcerated in Butts County on unrelated charges. The scene has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Scene Investigators. Search warrants are being conducted by Sheriff’s Office Investigators in Lamar and Butts County. The name of the victim and person of interest in this case are being withheld while the investigation is ongoing.

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