Dispute ends in fatal shooting
Police said Wednesday that a Columbia County man had fatally shot his girlfriend and then himself at a Harlem home Tuesday night before authorities could arrive at the scene.
Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said police arrived at the home of Barbara Davis on Old Union Road at about 8:30 p.m. after Davis, 46, called 911 at about 8:15 p.m., saying her boyfriend, Jason Williams, 34, had brandished a gun.
Police spent the next few hours attempting to contact the couple at the door of the home and via telephone. Police did not immediately rush inside the home because, they say, Williams was a known hunter and was armed with a hunting rifle with a scope. Police say Williams used the rifle to shoot Davis twice in the chest and then to shoot himself in the head.
Though police heard no gunshots after they arrived on the scene, witnesses reported hearing shots before police arrived, Morris said. Police believe the incident began with an argument between Davis and Williams, who police said has a history of domestic violence not involving Davis. Davis' 15-year-old son, Jimmy Shackleford, was involved in the fight, and one of his teeth was knocked out, authorities said.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Woman reports Social Security number theft
An Evans woman told police Tuesday that the Internal Revenue Service wrote her demanding back taxes owed them by someone who used her personal information to get a job.
The 47-year-old woman said she received a letter from the IRS stating she owed them $10,000 in taxes. But she told police she believes someone used her Social Security number to get a job and filed taxes using her personal information, according to the sheriff's office incident report.
The woman was unaware when the theft could have occurred but was advised by the IRS to make an incident report, the report stated.
Woman reports sugar in gas tank
An Evans woman told police Monday that she realized someone had vandalized her vehicle by pouring sugar in the gas tank.
The woman said that when her Nissan Sentra wouldn't start, she had it towed to All Tune and Lube at 4464 Owens Road in Martinez. She later received a call from a mechanic there, who said he discovered sugar in the gas tank, according to a sheriff's office incident report.
Vehicles damaged with golf balls
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy and an Evans man told Columbia County police on Monday that someone had damaged their vehicles with golf balls.
One of the vehicle owners said that on Sunday night someone had hit golf balls at a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer, damaging it, according to a sheriff's office incident report.
The other vehicle owner also said that someone had broken the back windshield of his Mazda pickup with golf balls Sunday night, the report stated. The truck was parked on the street directly in front of his home. No other damage was reported to either vehicle.
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