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.

Recommended for you

Support Local Journalism

Now, more than ever, the world needs trustworthy reporting—but good journalism isn’t free. Please support us by subscribing or making a contribution today.

Senior Reporter

I've worked in community newspapers for 30 years, including Editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus from 1993-1999. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016. Started as Senior Reporter at the Jackson Progress-Argus in December 2019.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please log in, or sign up for a new, free account to read or post comments.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.