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Gunshot kills Lee County man

Johnny Allen

Johnny Allen

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Despite the best efforts of emergency responders at the scene, a man died after he was shot at about 9:30 p.m. Friday in Lee County, law enforcement officials confirmed.

Johnny Anthony Allen shot Robert Patton in front of a house at 519 Creekside Drive at Knollwood Drive, according to a family member, who spoke about the shooting Saturday but did not wish to be named.

The family member said there had been a domestic dispute at the house.

"One man was beating his girlfriend," she said. She would not, however, say which of the men was doing the beating nor would she name the girlfriend.

Patton apparently suffered a gunshot to the chest and died at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's main location in Albany, officials said. Allen is in the Lee County Jail charged with the murder and aggravated assault, a jail official confirmed.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is treating the shooting as a death investigation and has turned it over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, as is standard procedure. No further information was immediately available.

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SMHgain 2 years, 2 months ago

The man in the above mugshot is the man who was beating his girlfriend. When Mr. Patton tried to intervene to stop the abuse, Mr. Allen pulled a handgun and shot Mr. Patton in the chest, killing him. I believe Mr. Patton is a hero, trying to stop domestic violence against a woman. I pray for the Patton family.

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BSDevereaux 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the clarification. Hopefully this guys see a short death row.

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frisbee1 2 years, 2 months ago

i pray for both families involved and since its under further investigation its clearly not determined accordingly to walb and the investigator danny jackson said that in his statement and people who are going ahead and considering him guilty apparently does not know the man nor was there to see what happend and hasnt seen the girlfriend to see and signs of abuse and a verbal dispute is not considered beating on.....lets see pics of this beating.....lets leave this up to the jury and investigators to finish their reports and hear the final decision inocent until proven guilty and may Robert Patton rest in peace either way just as everyone deserves to....

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misty 2 years, 1 month ago

this is a very tragic situations for both familes involved unvoluntarily neither familes of either persons involved asked for this to happen to everyone involve have lost someone both mothers have lost a son both are no without their kids if any were involved i hope an pray that the truth does come out hat ever that maybe i wasnt there so no i couldnt try to attempt to explain the situation but i do know that two familes are lost and are in pain its not our place to judge we have a judge its just our place to hold them in our hearts an prayers and hope they can get thru this very hard time in their life

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