Originally created 09/19/99

Augusta resident killed in shooting



After an ongoing dispute, an Augusta man was shot to death Friday night, and a Columbia County man was arrested on a charge of murder.

The killing is Richmond County's 12th homicide of the year.

Ronald Davenport, 23, of the 1900 block of Broad Street, was killed after being shot multiple times. Michael Kidd, 25, of the 3600 block of Lynnwood Drive, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, said Investigator Mark Bowen of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department.

Police said a conflict between the two began several months ago, when a relationship soured between Mr. Davenport and Mr. Kidd's sister, Natasha Kidd.

At some point in the relationship, Mr. Davenport was arrested on a battery charge. Investigators said they don't know if there was a restraining order against Mr. Davenport.

During the past couple months, Mr. Kidd attempted to find Mr. Davenport, police said. Mr. Davenport's family told police that Mr. Kidd repeatedly threatened them.

The argument that led to the shooting climaxed around 10 p.m. Friday, when the two men spotted each other driving down the road. They pulled into the parking lot of the American Legion Post at Highland Avenue and Walden Drive, Investigator Bowen said.

The two men fought and the suspect pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, and fired at Mr. Davenport several times. Police won't say in what part of the body the victim was shot.

Mr. Davenport was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, Investigator Bowen said.

Mr. Kidd was arrested at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday at his residence. Police were conducting photo lineups with witnesses to the shooting Saturday night, Investigator Bowen said.

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Jessica Rinck at (706) 823-3225 or jessica.rinck@augustachronicle.com.