On April 14, 2016 at approximately 7:00 p.m. the Thomaston Police Department responded to the area of Weaver Park and Oglethorpe Way in reference to reported gun shots. While on scene witnesses advised that two black males were exchanging gunfire at each other firing multiple shots in the direction of a residence located on Oglethorpe Way and the other gunman was firing in the direction of Weaver Park area (specifically the tennis court/pavilion area). All suspects involved fled before law enforcement arrived on scene.
During the investigation it was determined that a black male identified as James Terry WOMBLE, 62 of Thomaston went to the residence 325 Oglethorpe Way and engaged in an altercation with a separate black male identified as Demarcus McDowell, 22 of Thomaston. WOMBLE had in his possession a handgun and fired one round into the ground while standing in the yard area of Oglethorpe Way. WOMBLE engaged into a physical altercation with MCDOWELL, striking MCDOWELL in the head (the handgun was used as the “object” to strike MCDOWELL). As WOMBLE was leaving the area walking back towards Weaver Park shots were fired in that direction by MCDOWELL, one round striking WOMBLE in the upper left shoulder area. WOMBLE returned fire with rounds striking a parked vehicle and the residence of 325 Oglethorpe Way. No pedestrians or other suspects were reported injured during this incident.
James Terry WOMBLE is being charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and Reckless Conduct.
Demarcus MCDOWELL is being charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and reckless conduct.
This case remains an active investigation and more arrests and charges are pending. These reckless acts committed during this incident put many innocent citizens and children in danger and this department is determined to hold all parties involved accountable in accordance with State Law.