Weekend shooting in Swainsboro neighborhood


Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, September 2, the Emanuel County 911 center received a call stating that a person had been shot on Harrison Drive in Swainsboro. Upon arrival of law enforcement officials an adult male was found with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was later identified as Frederick P Anthony, 33, of Swainsboro. He was transported to the local emergency room and later transferred to an Augusta trauma center.

Within the hour, a second call was received regarding a home invasion with shots fired on Glenwood Road in Swainsboro. When law enforcement arrived, the suspect had already fled the scene. At that time, no injuries were reported. The suspect in both incidents was identified as Johnnie Lee Dixon, Jr, 35, of Swainsboro. While multiple local law enforcement agencies were searching for Dixon, the vehicle he had been driving was found at a residence on Glenwood Road, adjacent to what was believed to be Dixon’s residence. Sheriff Jeffrey Brewer contacted the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and requested a SWAT team for assistance. Local law enforcement surrounded the residence while the SWAT team made entrance. However, Dixon was not located there. At approximately 9:00 a.m., Sunday, September 3, Dixon presented himself at the Emanuel Co Detention Center and was taken into custody. Dixon had a gunshot wound to the right chest he apparently suffered sometime during the night. At that point Dixon was transported to Emanuel Medical Center and then to an Augusta trauma center. Investigators are working to determine the circumstances involved in the gunshot wound to Dixon as well as all other unresolved details associated with the case. Law Enforcement officials have stated that no weapons were fired at any time by department personnel during the response to these two incidents. As of press time, there was no update on the condition of either of the gunshot victims.

Sheriff Brewer commended the actions of the involved public safety agencies, and requested anyone with additional information regarding these two incidents contact the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office.