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Soldier faces murder charge in Hinesville shooting
Suspect found wife at home with male friend, officers say
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Hinesville police investigate a fatal shooting they say occurred Saturday afternoon at this home on Waverly Court. - photo by Lewis Levine

Hinesville police detectives are investigating the Saturday-afternoon shooting death of a man.

Police Lt. Susie Jackson said the man was shot several times following an altercation on Waverly Court shortly before 1 p.m.

Jackson said a husband and wife live at the home in the 500 block of Waverly Court. The home had reportedly been burglarized at 10:45 p.m. Friday. A woman in the home notified her husband, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jermaine Mealy, who is stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and was attending school in Texarkana, Texas, that everything was OK and the police were investigating it, Jackson said.

Apparently, Mealy drove throughout the night and, when he returned home, he found his wife in the home with a male friend, according to Jackson.

Jackson said a scuffle broke out between the men, and a weapon was produced. Mealy shot the man three or four times in the stomach and chest, Jackson said.

The wounded man was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, said Hinesville police Maj. Thomas Cribbs, the chief of detectives.

Mealy has been charged with murder, police said.

Check for updates on this developing story.

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