The victim in the shooting, 24-year-old Justin Myers of Carrollton, was pronounced dead at the scene in his grandmother’s home on Pleasant Hill Road in Carrollton around 1 p.m.
The stepgrandfather, James Randall Crawford, was taken to Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton to receive treatment for injuries sustained during the fistfight, but he has since been released.
Capt. Jeff Richards with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said the man is staying with family after his release from the hospital.
Police have deduced that Crawford used a shotgun in the incident, shooting Myers in the chest. There was also a hunting rifle at the scene, but police believe a shotgun was used.
Crawford has claimed self-defense since he was taken to the hospital. The two men were involved in a “very physical” altercation, Richards said.
The stepgrandfather did not have any shooting injuries — he was just injured from being “beaten up,” Richards said.
Sheriff’s personnel have consulted with the district attorney’s office several times since the incident, and they were told there was not enough evidence to bring a charge against the man.
“We are obviously still investigating and doing interviews,” Richards said. “But as of now, we’re not charging him with anything.”
The case could be brought to the next grand jury, scheduled for the week of June 17.
The family has had “ongoing issues,” Richards said, and neighbors have complained of violent incidents occurring at the home in the past.
Myers graduated from Villa Rica High School. He was residing with his grandmother, Barbara Gray Crawford, and her husband at the time of his death.
There were no drugs found at the scene, authorities said.
“It was just a typical grandparents’ house, with the grandson staying with them,” Richards said.
The funeral for Myers will be held today at 4 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Full Gospel Baptist Church in Carrollton.
• In an unrelated incident, three Whitesburg brothers were charged with obstruction after allegedly fighting with a police officer. One of the brothers is said to have even thrown a brick at the investigator.
Richards said the officer arrived alone at an Old Newnan Road address to follow up on a report regarding the safety and well-being of a small child.
“[The officer] attempted to detain the suspect for his own safety and investigation,” Richards said. “The suspect’s brothers became upset and pulling at the officer’s arms… and at some point, one of the brothers threw a brick at the officer. The officer was able to place a call for help.”
The three brothers, Christopher, Freddie and Ralph Nixon, each face charges of obstruction of an officer.
Christopher Nixon is also facing charges related to crimes against children, according to Richards.