Fatal Evans shooting ruled justifiable, police say

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 5:03 PM
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The Feb. 24 shooting death of an Augusta man in Ev­ans has been ruled justifiable, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Tuesday.

Patrick Smith, 33, was shot Feb. 24 when he and Anthony Graddy, 35, of the 4300 block of Creek View Drive in Hephzibah, entered a home in the 600 block of Blan­chard Road in Evans to rob those inside, Morris said.

Smith, who was shot by one of three men inside the home, was found unconscious in the driver’s seat of a GMC Suburban on the side of Blanchard Road. An unloaded 9 mm handgun was found on the passenger seat.

Smith died the next day at Medical College of Georgia Hospital from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and pelvis.

Graddy was charged with burglary, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

Resident Philip Marshall, 44, was shot in the back during the incident but survived.

Reggie Demond Bennett, 27, and Benjamin McKie Jr., 46, of the 3600 block of Mea­dow­grove Drive in Au­gusta, also were inside the house, Morris said.

Bennett was charged with giving false statements, and McKie was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and giving false statements. Both men remain jailed without bond.

A fight between Smith and Marshall about “drugs and/or money” led to the shooting, Morris said.


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