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Pike sheriff, GBI investigating shooting of Lamar man

Pike County sheriff’s investigators are working an apparent homicide that occurred on Reid Road near the Lamar County line Friday afternoon. Pike coroner Terrell Moody was on the scene and left at 5:10 p.m. He confirmed the victim was a white male. UPDATE: The Herald-Gazette has confirmed the victim lived on Ramah Church Road in Lamar County and was 29 or 30 years old. He did two previous prison terms for possession of methamphetamine. At 5:20 p.m., a GBI mobile crime lab vehicle arrived. Deputy coroner Harold Callaway left in a Pike coroner’s office van with the body at 6:35 p.m. on the way to the crime lab. Pike sheriff Jimmy Thomas confirmed that there was one victim at the scene who died of an apparent gunshot wound(s). He got the call at 3:36 p.m. The body was spotted by a passerby during a rainstorm. The original call went out as a car falling on a man. Thomas said he, his deputies and investigators are ‘familiar’ with the victim, whom he described as an adult but not yet of middle age. “We do not think this was a random act,” the sheriff said. The victim was found lying beside a passenger car which was southbound on Reid Road in an isolated area away from any residences. It appeared the victim exited his vehicle and was shot. A large blood splatter stained the red clay of the muddy road. GBI crime scene technicians were processing the scene with metal detectors and sifting soil looking for evidence as darkness fell. The shooting took place about a quarter of a mile from the scene of a meth lab bust just months ago. More to follow as information becomes available.

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