Recent shooting death to be presented to grand jury

by | July 13, 2018 11:00 am

Last Updated: July 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm

   On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at approximately 5 p.m., Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 377 Oak Chapel Road, a residence in Pinetucky community of northern Emanuel County, in reference to a person having been shot. Upon arrival, deputies and Emanuel County EMS medics located and began to render first aid to the victim of shooting, identified as Dustin Chase Wilson, 31. Wilson was transported to Emanuel Medical Center and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

   As with most homicide investigations, the sheriff’s office immediately requested assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the district attorney’s office for the Middle Judicial Circuit. The investigating agencies quickly determined that the shooting stemmed from a domestic related incident after Wilson appeared at the residence of his ex-girlfriend, identified as Priscilla Riner, 45. According to previous incident reports made to the sheriff’s office, the two formerly lived together at the address and had allegedly been involved in previous domestic disputes.

   Due to Wilson and his mother having been previously employed by the sheriff’s office, Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens asked that the GBI assume the primary responsibility of investigating this case so that no inferences of bias or impropriety could be alleged against the sheriff or his staff.

   According to Sheriff Stephens, GBI agents have worked diligently on this case since the day of the shooting and have performed numerous interviews and gathered multiple items of evidence. A recent review of the investigative information gathered by the agents prompted the sheriff and his command staff to request that District Attorney Hayward Altman consider having a grand jury assemble and examine the evidence thus far to determine what, if any, charges are appropriate in this incident. Altman granted the sheriff’s request and announced that a grand jury will be convened on Thursday, July 19, 2018, and will receive a presentation of facts of the case.

   Sheriff Stephens said, “This is indeed a very tragic situation to both families. It is our hope that the grand jury will assist us in coming to some type of resolution in this matter. Until then, we extend our deepest sympathy to both families.”

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