The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating a possible homicide that occurred on July 14.
According to a news release from Lamar County Sheriff Brad White, at approximately 9:35 a.m., Spalding County 911 received a call from a male subject stating he had just shot a man in the chest and was going to put the weapon in the road. The man called from a cell phone and hung up before Spalding 911 could get an address, but he did leave his name. Numerous attempts were made to ping the cell phone, which if successful could have provided a possible location of the cell phone and the victim. However, those attempts were unsuccessful.
At approximately 1:23 p.m., Lamar County911 received a call about a male subject lying unresponsive in the driveway at 939 Chappell Mill Road. Upon arrival at the location, Sheriff’s Lieutenant Chris Webster found a deceased male in the driveway with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest. The crime scene was turned over to the GBI for further investigation. The victim has been identified as Donald Tramaine Clark.
Investigators with the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office located the male subject who made the phone call. He has been identified as Joshua James Cox. He was found in the Butts County Jail on domestic violence charges.
The investigation is continuing, and search warrants have been conducted by investigators in Lamar and Butts counties.
The Thomaston Police Department is warning residents to not give out personal information to anyone coming to their home, and to notify police about suspicious persons soliciting in their neighborhood.
Accorded to a news release by Lieutenant Andrew Pippin, on July 14 at approximately 8 p.m., officers responded to the area of Magnolia Avenue at Peachtree Street in reference to several male subjects going door to door selling security alarms to local residence. Citizens were concerned that these individuals may be trying to possibly scam people living in this area.
Officers responded to the area and located five male subjects stating that they work for a security alarm company, but didn’t have the proper permits to solicit sales within the city of Thomaston. All five subjects were charged with Soliciting without a Permit, which is a City Ordinance Citation.
Please note that when a soliciting permit is approved in the City of Thomaston, they are required to wear a photo identification badge that is provided by the Thomaston Police Department and has to be visible while soliciting within the city limits.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.