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Lee sheriff report: Shot fired leads to drug bust

ALBANY, Ga. — A woman ended an argument with a .38 caliber gunshot that led to four arrests, including one for drug possession, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Thomas Paschal met deputies at the Beef O’Brady’s restaurant on the 1500 block of South U.S. Highway 19 at about 11 p.m. Aug. 20 to report he was shot at, the report said. No injuries were reported.

“Thomas (Paschal) advised that he was at Tracey Atwood’s residence at 209 Huntington Drive, Leesburg, when they began to argue about money that he spent on her in Atlanta one weekend,” Deputy Wayne Baltzell wrote in the report.

His report added, “(Paschal) advised that she pulled out a revolver that was silver and that she pointed it at him and then fired one shot from the weapon.”

In the course of the investigation, deputies arrived at the Huntington Drive residence and found two revolvers, a Sterling .22 caliber pistol with bullets and a Ruger .357 magnum with .38 Special bullets, the report stated.

“The bullet hole in the wall was a match to the .38 Special bullets found inside the revolver listed above,” it added.

Tracy Atwood, 34, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, false statements and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. She is free on $5,000 bail, a Lee County Jail spokesman said.

During the residence search deputies found several bottles of drugs linked to Paschal, the report stated. The identified drugs were amphetamine and crack cocaine, it added.

Paschal, 48, was charged with possession of illegal drugs. He was released on $1,000 bond, the jail spokesman said.

Witnesses in the residence, Kyle Moree, 44, and Daryll Durn, 37, are charged with giving false statements to cover up a felony. They were released on a summons, which is similar to being released on their own recognizance, the jail spokesman said. More charges could be pending.