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March 25, 2014

Home invasion turns deadly

Police seek man’s killer

TIFTON — A 62-year-old Tifton man is dead after a home invasion Sunday night.

The Tifton Police Department received a call at 10:42 p.m. Sunday about the shooting and robbery on the 700 block of East 6th Street. Sylvester Downs, who lived at the residence, was shot and killed during the robbery, according to Tifton police.

Officer William Germaine responded to the call, where witnesses reported hearing several shots fired in the area of East 6th Street and Church Lane, according to a TPD report.

The report states a 19-year-old who was at the residence that evening reported a group of

people were playing cards when two black males entered the residence and robbed them, shooting Downs, who was unresponsive when Germaine arrived at the scene.

Witnesses said one of the suspects was carrying a black and silver handgun. The first entered through the front of the home, while the second, carrying a bag, entered at the rear of the home. The suspects were yelling, “Give me the money!”

The report states that Downs fought with the subject with the gun in the hallway of the home prior to a shot being fired. After Downs was shot, the men fled the scene.

The TPD continued investigating the incident Monday evening, and asked anyone with information about the case to call (229) 382-3132. The Tift County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Tift County District Attorney’s Office is assisting in the case.

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