UPDATE 6/16/2020: Gun found
UPDATE 6/15/2020: After receiving the incident report the story has been updated.
Local law enforcement officials are actively searching for a man suspected of shooting his live-in girlfriend and injuring another person during a domestic disturbance call Sunday evening.
According to an incident report received by the Courier, Liberty County Deputy Lt. Jason Colvin responded to a domestic disturbance call shortly before 11 p.m. at the Victory Manor Mobile Home Park located in the 700 block of Ruben Wells Road in Liberty County.
While en-route Colvin was told that the call had come from a disconnected cell phone and that a second call came in indicating two women had been shot and a child was present during the incident.
According to the incident report officers found one female victim who said, alleged suspect, Lennon Smiley had bitten one of her fingers and choked her.
Colvin reported the other woman, Smiley’s supposed girlfriend, had gunshot wounds to her forearm and upper back.
Not knowing where the gunman was deputies set up a safety zone outside the immediate crime scene, the report indicated.
Colvin reported that the first victim and the child were immediately escorted to the safe zone. The gunshot victim was placed in the trunk of their neighbor’s car and escorted to the safe zone where Liberty EMS personnel waited.
Once down the street and away from harm, EMS personnel immediately took her to Winn Army Community Hospital on Fort Stewart.
She was later transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. She is currently in stable condition, according to LCSO Detective Capt. Tracy Jennings.
The gunshot victim said Smiley had left the area in her 2015 Green Nissan Sentra. Colvin reported that the child’s father called to say the Green Nissan was parked at his home in the 600 block of Live Oak Church Road. The man said the car was locked and that he found the magazine of a pistol nearby.
The suspect’s daughter reported that her father showed up at her house and banged on the door. She said she opened the door and saw her father standing in the yard with a gun in his hand and a bloody shirt. She reported her father said, “I shot them,” and then jumped into the pond behind her house. She told police that her father came out of the pond empty handed and ran off.
UPDATE: On Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 members of the Wayne County EMA Dive Team assisted the Liberty County Detective’s Office in conducting a water search of the pond on Live Oak Church of God Road. During their investigation the divers located a firearm that is believed to have been used in the aggravated assault Sunday. The firearm will be forwarded to the state crime lab for testing.
The LCSO dispatched LCSO Capt. Lonnie Bowman and his K-9 deputy, Charlie, the Bloodhound to track down the suspect but Charlie lost the scent.
As of press time Smiley has not been located. Jennings said Smiley should be considered armed and dangerous. Smiley, 45, is described as an African-American with black hair and brown eyes. He is five-feet, eight-inches tall and weighs 183 pounds.
Anyone with information on Smiley’s whereabouts should call 876-4555.