Man shot while allegedly dragging woman with car

COVINGTON - An argument between a man and his girlfriend Tuesday night ended with the man being shot in the head by the girlfriend’s step-father. The step-father has not been charged in the incident.

According to a news release from the Covington Police Department, officers responded about 8:53 p.m. to the 2000 block of Brown Street in reference to a person shot. When they arrived, they found the victim in his car suffering from a gunshot wound to his face. The step-father, identified as Jon Winters, was standing beside the car and allegedly admitted he had shot the man. He was taken into custody without incident, and his revolver was recovered.

EMS arrived and the victim was transported by air ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center. His condition was not immediately known, nor has his name been released pending notification of family members.

Officers spoke with Winters’ step-daughter, Michelle Wilkins. She said the victim was her boyfriend and had come over and started arguing with her. During the argument, Wilkins said she tried to get away from him, but he knocked her into some bushes, took her cell phone, and ran back to his car.

Wilkins said she ran after him to get her cell phone back, and alleged that the victim put her in a choke hold and dragged her to his vehicle. The victim got into his car, still holding Wilkins in a choke hold outside his door. He started to back down the driveway, still holding and dragging Wilkins.

She said her 13-year-old daughter saw what was happening and started screaming for her grandfather. Winters heard the screams and exited the house with his revolver. Winters told police he fired one warning, then fired another shot toward the victim.

Wilkins said she heard the gunshots and the victim let go of her. When she and her family members noticed the victim’s car had stopped and he wasn’t getting out, that they took a closer look and realized he had been shot and they called 911.

Winters was transported to the police station and interviewed by the Criminal Investigations Division. He was released and has not been charged at this time.

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Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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