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May 5, 2014

Valdostan faces murder charge

Suspect accused of killing man in Saturday shooting

VALDOSTA — Charges have been pressed against a Valdosta man for a deadly shooting Saturday, according to the city’s police chief.

Brian Levon Charlton-Simmons, 18, of Valdosta, has been charged with malice murder, Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said in a press release Sunday.

He was charged in the death of Rufus Howard Ellis III, 36, also of Valdosta, the chief said.

Police received a call at 4:58 p.m. about shots fired on Old Statenville Road, the chief said.

On arrival, officers found a man who had apparently been shot inside his car at Park Chase Apartments, he said. The man was taken to South Georgia Medical Center, but later died, Childress said.

The shooting followed an argument between the two that began two nights ago in a nightclub, Childress said. Just before 5 p.m. Saturday the two got into an altercation which escalated into the shooting, he said.

“The detectives quickly determined the name of the offender,” Childress said, and a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for Georgia and Florida law enforcement.

Around 7 p.m. Saturday, a deputy in Hamilton County, Fla., found Charlton-Simmons and took him into custody, the chief said. Valdosta police obtained a warrant for malice murder and faxed it to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, where he is being held, Childress said.

“I am very proud of the quickness of Valdosta police officers and detectives who identified the offender quickly and I also appreciate the assistance of Hamilton County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office in this case,” he said.

The shooting does not appear related to a pair of shootings Thursday and Friday on Forrestwood Drive. No one was hurt in those shootings. Two men were taken into custody in those shooting cases; police have obtained arrest warrants for two more suspects, one of whom was described as the shooter in the case, but he is believed to be on the run and his name cannot yet be provided, Childress said.

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