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Suspect denied bond during first appearance
Christopher Richie was denied bond Monday in Hinesville. - Lewis Levine

Christopher Richie made a first appearance before Magistrate Judge, Gerald Morris Monday morning where he was denied bond.

Ritchie, who was on the run for a few hours before being arrested in Long County, is facing murder, felony murder and assault charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Tyler Sledge Friday night on Kelly Drive in Hinesville following a domestic dispute.

According to Hinesville Police Department Detective Sgt. Gail Poulson, officers were dispatched to the 1100 Block of Kelly Drive for shots that were heard being fired inside a mobile home. 

Poulson said responding officers arrived on scene and discovered an unresponsive male, later identified as Sledge, suffering from a gunshot wound. Poulson said Sledge was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Poulson reported that the officers were told there was a domestic dispute happening between Sledge and his unidentified girlfriend.

Richie, allegedly intervened by retrieving a gun confronting Sledge and ultimately shooting him. Poulson said Richie was a frequent visitor at the home who sometimes spent the night and even had some of his personal belongings in the victim’s house. 

Poulson said was familiar with Richie interacting with him on several occasion over the past 15 years.

After the incident Richie fled. Police put out a call and reported anyone spotting Richie should consider him armed and dangerous.

Richie was apprehended in Long County. On Monday the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Dive team assisted the HPD and the Long County Sheriff’s Office search for a pond located off Griffin Road. Police think that Richie may have tossed the gun he used in the shooting in the pond which was near to where he was apprehended.

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