Three shots reportedly were fired last week during a domestic dispute in the northeastern section of Long County.
Long County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Nickey Anderson said that around 2:30 a.m. March 9, Sgt. Julius Bargeron and Deputy Cody Futch responded to a shots-fired report at a mobile home on Burnt Pines Road. With the assistance of the Walthourville Police Department, the responders secured the perimeter around the home, and resident Debra Lynette Kelly came out to meet with Bargeron.
According to Anderson, Kelly told the responding officers that before they arrived, Hinesville resident Jeffery Dwayne Williams, who is a friend of hers, rang her doorbell and yelled for Kelly to let him in. The resident said she could tell Williams had been drinking and she was afraid to let him in. At that point, Anderson said, Kelly called a second friend, neighbor Dewayne Tobias Carson, and told him that Williams was trying to break into her home. Kelly also retrieved a pistol that she owns, Anderson said.
Williams reportedly kicked in the door, entered Kelly’s home and two shots were fired as they struggled. Both parties fell to the floor, and Kelly struck her head as she dropped her pistol. Neither person was struck by a bullet. Williams allegedly grabbed the gun and headed to the front door as Carson approached the home. According to Carson, Williams fired a shot, but authorities have not yet determined whether the shot was fired in Carson’s direction or in the air, Anderson said.
Carson retreated and, a short time later, Williams left the area and returned to his Hinesville residence on Canton Court.
Bargeron and Futch went to Williams’ home, where he was arrested without incident, Anderson said. Williams was charged with discharging a gun or pistol on or near a public highway or street and disorderly conduct.
In other LCSO news:
• During a routine traffic stop March 8 by the Georgia State Patrol, Long County resident William Edwin Rowe, 38, allegedly was found to be in possession of one piece of crack cocaine. Lt. Danny Dinkins said Rowe was arrested at the scene and charged with procession of crack cocaine.