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Shooting suspect arrested, charged
Johnson jail mug
Davonta Johnson

Hinesville Police Detectives have arrested a man in connection with the Jan. 20 evening shooting at a Hinesville convenience store around 6 p.m. resulting in the death of Rosemary Michaels, 56 of Hinesville.

According to HPD Detective, Capt. Tracey Howard, the shooting, which at first was believed to have been a robbery gone wrong, was actually a domestic act of violence. 


Howard said Davonta Johnson and Michaels had been romantically involved, but were separated. 


Howard said he had allegedly been stalking Michaels.  Last Wednesday night at a convenience store located on the corner of Gause Street and Memorial Drive, the pair got into a physical altercation. 


Johnson was injured in the altercation prior to allegedly firing one round at Michaels. 


The day after the shooting, Johnson turned himself into authorities at the Justice Center in Hinesville with the help of a family friend and Sheriff William Bowman. 


When he was arrested Johnson showed injuries on his body consistent with a physical altercation. 


He is now facing malice murder and felony murder charges.


During the initial incident investigation, it was reported that officers were dispatched to the location after they got a 911 call of a carjacking. When officers arrived they found Michaels on the ground on the driver's side of her vehicle. She was unresponsive. 

Emergency medical personnel attempted to revive Michaels, unsuccessfully, and later she was pronounced dead.

Howard said a tape of the shooting shows Michaels was approached by the suspect, now identified as Johnson, who appeared to make some kind of verbal demand at Michaels.

A commotion took place and the suspect allegedly produced a gun and fired at Michaels striking her. 

Howard said one shell casing was recovered.

After allegedly shooting Michaels the suspect fled across the street to the Liberty Prayer Church where a woman was sitting in her vehicle. The suspect allegedly pulled the gun on the woman and demanded her vehicle. The woman was not hurt during the carjacking.

That car was later found in Claxton the afternoon of Johnson’s arrest. He is currently being held at the Liberty County jail where he is awaiting a first appearance.


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