Bostwick native arrested in shotgun shooting

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By Billy W. Hobbs

Herald–Journal Correspondent

A fight between two men last Friday afternoon at a residence in Woodville later left one man wounded from a shotgun blast and another man jailed in connection with the shooting, local authorities say.

Greene County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Monday that the investigation still was ongoing and that additional charges were expected.

The man shot was identified as 38-year-old Brian O’Mara, of 112 Fairfield Road, Jefferson, Ga., according to a report filed by Greene County Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Lt. Terry Surgick.

O’Mara was shot once in the right thigh. He was treated at the scene by personnel with the Greene County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the Woodville Volunteer Fire Department before he was taken by ambulance to Athens Regional Hospital.

Sheriff Harrison said another man, Benjamin Edward Nunn, 26, of 1041 Woodland Way in Woodville, where the shooting happened shortly before 5 p.m., has been arrested in connection with the shooting. Nunn is a native of Bostwick.

Nunn, who was immediately taken into custody shortly after Surgick arrived at the residence, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

He was taken to the Greene County Law Enforcement Center in Greensboro and jailed.

When Surgick drove up in his patrol vehicle, he saw an unidentified man, described as white, standing in the middle of the dead-end road with blood all over his face, both arms, chest area and both feet. With his service weapon drawn, Surgick commanded that the man get on his knees and place his hands behind his back.

Nunn reportedly told Surgick at the scene that he earlier had seen his fiancé, Amanda Wilson, get out of a vehicle with the victim. The couple walked towards the house. Once inside, Nunn said O’Mara jumped him and beat him up.

The suspect told Surgick he was mad because he had been assaulted. He reportedly told the supervisor deputy that as Wilson and O’Mara were leaving the house and closing the door behind them that he fired one round from his 20-gauge shotgun through the door with the bullet wounding O’Mara in the right leg.

Wilson, 25, who lives at the Woodville address where the shooting happened, was not injured.

Shortly after Surgick arrived at the residence, he received backup from Deputy Sgt. Thomas Moore and Deputy Travis Heath.

Surgick later contacted Road Patrol Division Capt. Darren Harland who instructed him to contact the sheriff’s office criminal investigation services (CIS). Within a short period of time, Investigator Eddie Sanders came to the scene and began an immediate probe.

Investigator Lt. Lee Stancill said a search warrant later was obtained for the residence and that a shotgun believed used in the shooting, along with spent shells were recovered.

Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the Greensboro Herald–Journal and is reprinted with permission.

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