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Thomson man charged with shooting his brother

A 28-year-old Thomson man has been charged with shooting his brother following an altercation that involved their mother at a residence near Mesena on Sunday night, according to authorities.

Willie Benjamin Myrick was taken into custody without incident following the shooting of 22-year-old Carlos Myrick, of Macon, about 8:30 p.m. at a residence in the 300 block of Springdale Drive, according to McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Investigator Larry Adaway. Mr. Myrick, was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The suspect appeared for a first appearance bond hearing before McDuffie County Magistrate Chief Judge Bryant Swan on Monday afternoon in which bond was set at $10,000. The hearing was held in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson.

Mr. Myrick's brother, Carlos Myrick, was shot once in the head, according to Deputy Al Reeves.

Mr. Myrick, who was said to be conscious and alert, was taken by ambulance to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta. He initially was treated by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services.

Gary Nicholson, special agent in-charge of the GBI Region 7 Office in Thomson, along with GBI Special Agent Steve Foster, responded to the scene of the shooting at the request of Investigator Adaway. State agents helped in the interview process of several individuals, including the suspect. Agent Foster also processed the crime scene.

Deputy Bret Bentley, who along with Deputy Marc Coy responded to the call, said in a report filed by Deputy Reeves that when he arrived, he found Carlos Myrick sitting on the ground in the front yard of the residence. The victim was bleeding from a head wound.

When Deputy Bentley asked him what had transpired, the victim indicated that his brother had shot him, records show.

Then Deputy Bentley spotted a woman sitting on the front porch, holding a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. The woman, later identified by authorities as Gloria Harvey, said she had shot her son after he attacked her in the front yard. Witnesses reportedly backed up her version of what happened.

Authorities, however, unraveled the case a little differently, indicating that the real shooting suspect was Willie Myrick.

Web posted on Thursday, December 18, 2008

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