Woman dies of gunshot at home

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An Augusta mother was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in front of her 2-year-old daughter early Sunday morning, police said.

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Earl Demetrius Dinkins: The 42-year-old man is sought in the shooting death Sunday morning of his former girlfriend.  Special
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Earl Demetrius Dinkins: The 42-year-old man is sought in the shooting death Sunday morning of his former girlfriend.

Sirlinda Vernesa Price, 34, of 2211-F Southgate Drive in Providence Place Apartments, was shot multiple times about 1:35 a.m. She was at home with her current boyfriend when 42-year-old Earl Demetrius Dinkins kicked down her door and opened fire with a small-caliber handgun, according to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles. Ms. Price died at the scene, but her boyfriend, Melroy Stephen Browman, 38, managed to drive himself to a hospital. Investigators said they were withholding the name of the hospital out of fear that Mr. Dinkins might try to kill Mr. Browman.

Police believe that Mr. Dinkins was enraged by the victim's new relationship, and several witnesses saw Mr. Dinkins arguing with the victims just before the shooting, Lt. Peebles said.

"I guess he was upset that she is moving on and with someone else," he said. "Basically he is an estranged boyfriend."

The 2-year-old girl is the daughter of Mr. Dinkins and Ms. Price, Lt. Peebles said. She was not physically harmed in the attack and is now being cared for by Ms. Price's family.

Authorities were searching the area for Mr. Dinkins, whom they consider dangerous, but acknowledged that he already might have fled the county. He is wanted on charges of murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and burglary. He is believed to be traveling in a black 1997 GMC Jimmy with a Georgia retired Army tag of RA4511.

Anyone with information on Mr. Dinkins is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/08/08 - 12:40 am
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My deepest sympathy to the

My deepest sympathy to the Price family and lots of prayers for the little baby. I am also glad Mr Bowman survived so far and hope he will recover fine. I hope they find this crazy maniac before he kills again!!!!

christian134
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christian134 09/08/08 - 06:11 am
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This trash has to be caught,

This trash has to be caught, prosecuted and made an example...The system needs to stop coddling these vermin, put them in stocks in the courthouse square and then put them on chain gangs for the rest of their lives...

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 09/08/08 - 06:12 am
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Is it any wonder that he was

Is it any wonder that he was her FOMER boyfriend? When will people learn that death is a final solution to a temporary problem. They need to find this person soon, as these may not be his last victims.

ripjones
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ripjones 09/08/08 - 06:33 am
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My thoughts and prayers are

My thoughts and prayers are with the child. She did not ask to be placed into this environment. This is another sad example of out-of-wedlock procreation. The harsh reality is that until we come up with a male "pill", women have to take the responsibility. While I'm sorry that Ms. Price lost her life, I'm really more concerned that there is now a two-year old who is now without her Mom, and Dad will either be in prison for the rest of his life, or executed. As stated above, she would not have asked to be in this life.

Amanda J. Wilson
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Amanda J. Wilson 09/08/08 - 07:37 am
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My deepest sympathy to the

My deepest sympathy to the Price family and for that little baby. But I have a comment for ripjones. It does not matter if the child was born out of wedlock. If they were married and divorced it could have still happened. And you know what is sad about this whole thing is when people like you try and judge. God said not to judge less you be judge also. People make mistakes. At least this mother was caring for her child! like I said my prayers are with the family. May this little child learn of how special her mother was and not forget her memories..

kai@reasontostand.org
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kai@reasontostand.org 09/08/08 - 07:39 am
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As tragic as this event is,

As tragic as this event is, and it is indeed; Where is the equal outcry at the events that lead up to this display of hatred? It seems to me that this case's only "innocent" victim is the child who witnessed first the destruction of any hope of a natural family she might have had and then this.

kai@reasontostand.org
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kai@reasontostand.org 09/08/08 - 07:41 am
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Amanda, read the rest of that

Amanda, read the rest of that passage in Matthew 7. Is Jesus really telling us not to call a spade a spade or is he telling us to be very careful with our judgments? First judging ourselves BEFORE we go to our neighbor. The facts are that BOTH the mother and the father and the live-in-boyfriend are all in the wrong.

pursesshoes all day
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pursesshoes all day 09/08/08 - 07:52 am
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hey rip jones, even

hey rip jones, even marriedwomen get shot and killed by their husbands , it has nothing to do with being born out of wedlock

Amanda J. Wilson
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Amanda J. Wilson 09/08/08 - 07:53 am
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I know that it is wrong. But

I know that it is wrong. But its not our place to Judge her. It is also a sin to say Gods name in vain or to lie. All are counted as a sin equally. No sin is greater than the other!.. Like I said before if people would start looking in their own closets and worry about what they do instead of everyone else. You might notice that you live a lot happier! It doesnt matter if this happen because she had a child out of wedlock. And I myself not even being family do not appreciate that comment. Things happen! Sad things! Just thank God that the baby is still here as well that the family didnt suffer the loss of the child as well.

pursesshoes all day
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pursesshoes all day 09/08/08 - 07:56 am
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kai, i am curious how is the

kai, i am curious how is the mother and live in boyfriend wrong?

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 09/08/08 - 07:57 am
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Well I will call you a spade.

Well I will call you a spade. How are the Mother and her current boyfriend not victim? I hope you are not saying the fact that they were not married caused this? The only cause is the idiotic ex that should be hunted down and held accountable for his actions. It's funny on one page people are praising a 17 year old for keeping her child, and on this one a couple of you have implied that a Mother's death might be due to having a child out of wedlock. Damned if you do, Damned if you don't.

pursesshoes all day
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pursesshoes all day 09/08/08 - 07:59 am
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all these opinions , and no

all these opinions , and no one knows why this woman left that man !!! maybe her boyfriend moved in because she was afraid of something like this! things arent always as they seem . no one knows what goes on behind closed doors

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MS B 09/08/08 - 08:01 am
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respond to kia, shame on you.

respond to kia, shame on you. how dare you call all parties involved wrong. the only person we can truly say is wrong happens to be mr dinkins. judge not. look at your own life and deal with your skeletons and you truly would not have time to say such hurtful things about the deceased and the young man in the hospital. do you not have a heart?

Amanda J. Wilson
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Amanda J. Wilson 09/08/08 - 08:04 am
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HYPOCRITES 08 Thank you! You

HYPOCRITES 08 Thank you! You see my point. That it does not matter that she had a child out of wedlock or if she had a live in boyfriend. What matters is that she had an idiotic ex who should be accountable for his acts. I am married. Non of my child are out of wedlock. but I dont judge those who are either. Like I said before if people would start looking in their own closets and worry about what they do instead of everyone else. You might notice that you live a lot happier! Clean out your own Closet be fore looking into someone else's!

hope2009
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hope2009 09/08/08 - 08:32 am
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The message...........or just

The message...........or just something to think about, domestic violence is still a problem and we need to take it seriously. Ladies if you are involved with someone who is violent or have issues (you know the signs) and/or if you jump out of one relationship into another (and you know the anger and excess baggage is still there) you are inviting trouble and endangering other people. Take any threat seriously, trust me, I know.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 09/08/08 - 08:51 am
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Death penalty..bring back the

Death penalty..bring back the chain gang.

WW1949
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WW1949 09/08/08 - 09:03 am
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The fact that the child was

The fact that the child was born out of wedlock has no bearing on the killing of this young woman. The fact is that Mr. Dinkins was probably a very abusive person and that his girlfriend moved on and left his standing and that he was a very jealous person that does not control his temper or judgement. I hope he spends the rest of his life in jail.

BarstoolDreamer
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BarstoolDreamer 09/08/08 - 09:03 am
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If something bad happens to

If something bad happens to someone a christian considers a good person what do they blame then.....oh yea "gods will"....all seems very convienient to me.

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InChristLove 09/08/08 - 09:50 am
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BarstoolDreamer, let me say

BarstoolDreamer, let me say that not all things are "gods will"as you put it. Evil is ever present in the world and sometimes bad things happen to good people, not because it's God's will but God will allow evil things to happen because mankind has choosen to serve other gods instead of the One Almightly. God could intervene and remove all manner of evil from earth but then we wouldn't have free will, some of us who so adamantly demand for ourselves. Things do happen for a reason and hopefully God can turn this tradgey around for his Glory and we do not know what Christ has in store for this young child from here on out in her life. I pray his hand will be on her life and grant peace to the family of this young woman.

i.b.e.w..electric
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i.b.e.w..electric 09/08/08 - 09:56 am
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i have yet to meet the woman

i have yet to meet the woman i would kill myself over or do life in prison for.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/08/08 - 09:57 am
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Let us hope that this tragedy

Let us hope that this tragedy is a lesson to woman. Before you become involved with a man, first get to know him. We can all say that she shouldn't have been having sex with this man outside of marriage (with the new boyfriend or with the father of her child) but the truth is not many woman wait now a days. Ladies, please be very selective and get to know these gentlemen. Be observant of their behavior and be cautious of any red flag towards abusive tendencies. Jealousy might appear to be a romantic idea but let me tell you, if your man is overly jealous, seems to me that's an indicator of lack of trust and could possibly lead to abusive behavior.

Farful
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Farful 09/08/08 - 10:21 am
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ibew, nor have I. Once

ibew, nor have I. Once again, AC, stop with the "Mr." titles. This guy deserves no respect as he is a common criminal and murderer.

ripjones
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ripjones 09/08/08 - 12:12 pm
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You all missed part of my

You all missed part of my point. InChristLove said basically the same thing I did. I'm not saying that marriage is the total answer -- there are messed up husbands ans wives too. What I was trying to say, is that there should be a stronger committment between husband/wife, than boyfriend/girlfriend. I'm sorry, but face facts. More violence happens between boyfriend/girlfriend, because this kind of relationship is more "disposable". A child is NOT, and the innocent child is the one that will suffer. I stand by my original post.

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adrian22 09/08/08 - 01:11 pm
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I understand what you are

I understand what you are saying ripjones. I too believe in the sanctity and reason for marriage. Why you are blessed moreso for making the commitment. It probably isn't the best time to mention that right now. Regardless married or not crimes like this happen and innocent people are left to deal with the mess. Like this boyfriend and this child. They would of never thought. But they are both 2 key pieces to a story that is still under way. And you are right a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship is not held to the highest of standards because it is disposable. Its no big deal. I know there are some serious boy/girl friend relationships but having it fully recognized by church, state, God is hardly heard of. I support marriage and agree with you rip jones. But this is not the point. The point is everyone be on your guard so we can find this monster, pray about the people that you are with, be careful, and most importantly pray for yourself. Poor baby.

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jewel 09/08/08 - 02:15 pm
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The article never stated

The article never stated live-in.

MISSTUTTARGA
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MISSTUTTARGA 09/08/08 - 02:32 pm
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no one has the right to

no one has the right to judge...and getting back to the point a child has lost her mother, a boyfriend has lost his girlfriend, a mother her child, a aunt her neice, and so on and so on. come on negative people a life has been taken have sympathy..no one's perfect... we sin everday... the same people that judge people are the same people who needs to look at their own lives...and get a life......
only god has the final say so.

swinter05
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swinter05 09/08/08 - 02:52 pm
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Everyone thinks telling the

Everyone thinks telling the truth is judging. Rip is stating facts, not judging the person's heart. That is what the bible refers to as judging...trying to figure out if a person is truely a believer of Christ or not. Only that person knows the relationship they have with God. Rip was simply stating facts.....they were not married and while that may have had nothing to do with this incident, the poor child would not have been in the middle of this if they would have waited until they were married to be with child. My prayers go out to the little girl and the family of this young woman.

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061207 09/08/08 - 03:30 pm
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The point period is that

The point period is that there is a child that will never know their mother. Buddy will have to answer for what he has done. Please believe that

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corgimom 09/08/08 - 03:44 pm
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Marriage does not lessen the

Marriage does not lessen the threat of domestic violence. It is about power and control and domination and force and a marriage ceremony doesn't change that.

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MISSTUTTARGA 09/08/08 - 04:11 pm
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like i said don't 4get about

like i said don't 4get about the bigger picture.....a life is loss...why judge????......pray for the family...how would you feel if it were your family member and some one gets on here saying how they were living wrong and etc. etc judging...keep in my mind u dont know what went on so stop trying to figure things out and judge their situation period.............

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