Police: Fatal shooting in east Athens deemed justified homicide

A 31-year-old Athens man will not be prosecuted for fatally shooting a 23-year-old man last month at an eastside apartment complex where the shooter lived.

 

According to Athens-Clarke police, Quentin Jermaine was justified in shooting 23-year-old Sheldon Chad Ellis once in the face during an Oct.14 altercation at Neal’s home at College Glen condominiums, a gated community off Barnett Shoals Road.

Police said the two men had a history of “incidents” with each other that culminated in the weekend shooting. According to police, Neal told them he had asked Ellis on several occasions not to bother him.

On the day of the shooting, Neal told police he was returning to his residence and found Ellis sitting on steps at the complex that led to his unit.

The two men reportedly got involved in an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation outside of Neal’s apartment. The fight then moved into Neal’s home, where he told police he was able to get away from Ellis, retrieve his gun and shoot the other man once in the face.

Officers arrived to find Ellis with a single gunshot wound to the face, police said. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died, according to police.

Epifanio Rodriguez, spokesman for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, said investigators suspected early on that the shooting might have been justified.

“Ellis placed Neal in reasonable fear for his life when he attacked him and began choking him,” Rodriguez said.

Investigators recently received finalized autopsy results that confirmed their belief that Neal should not be prosecuted.

“A determination has been made that Mr. Neal acted in self-defense and no charges will be brought against him from us,” Rodriguez said.

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