Deadly shooting self defense, GBI determines

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By Patrick Yost

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has concluded, in large part, its investigation into the shooting death of a Hancock County man on April 25, 2016 outside a single wide manufactured home in Madison.

According to Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, the GBI identified Martavious Jackson, no age listed, Madison as the person who shot and killed Antonio Smith, 26, of Sparta, outside the East Jefferson Street trailer.

However, Ashburn said, Jackson will not be charged in the shooting. “Based on evidence gathered and statements made to investigators, no charges will be filed at this time,” he said. “It appears it was nothing more than an act of self defense.”

GBI Special Agent Ryan Carmichael said the agency has determined that Jackson allegedly shot and killed Smith during “a home invasion.”

However, Carmichael said, “the reasons surrounding the home invasion are not clear at this time.”

Reports at the time of the shootings said that neighbors reported hearing five or six shots during the incident. Madison Police Department reports said the shooting occurred sometime between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

“The exact motivation behind the home invasion is still not clear,” Carmichael said.

Smith was shot once in the left side and was transported to the Morgan Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Chief Ashburn at the time said more than 15 people had been questioned regarding the shooting.

Agent Carmichael said several people were charged with false statements, including Jackson, regarding the shooting. Those charges have been given to the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

Ashburn said that although no charges have been filed directly related to the death of Smith, the GBI is continuing to search for information regarding the motives for the shooting. “The case is not closed,” Ashburn said.

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