Justin Tyler Davenport, named a person of interest in the shooting death of a man in the Ingles parking lot in Jackson Tuesday evening, was captured without incident around midnight after he walked out of the woods near his residence on Hillcrest Drive.

The Jackson Police Department, Butts County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) were searching for Davenport, who was last seen on foot behind the Masonic Lodge beside Ingles.

Jackson Police received a call from E-911 about 6:09 p.m. about shots fired in the Ingles parking lot. When responding units arrived, they found a white male in his late 40’s laying on the ground next to his vehicle on the east side of the parking lot. The male was pronounced dead at the scene from gunshot wounds.

A witness told police they saw a suspect wearing dark clothing running away from the scene.

According to Jackson Police Chief James Morgan, Davenport is believed to be the step-son of the victim.

The GBI and Jackson Police are continuing to investigate the shooting, and have not yet released the name of the victim.

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I have worked for community newspapers in Butts, Henry, Newton, Rockdale, and Upson counties for 30 years. I was Editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus from 1993-1999, and returned to the Progress-Argus as Senior Reporter in 2019.

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