Moultrie Observer

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June 2, 2014

Lawmen probe two shootings

MOULTRIE — Alcohol and firearms don’t mix, as two men are learning after separate incidents that fortunately resulted in only minor injuries.

Moultrie police said Thomas Ryan Moore, 22, of 1519 Elton Clark Road, Omega, was charged with reckless conduct Saturday after accidentally shooting Adam Wood, 27, of Moultrie.

Wood suffered “superficial injuries,” according to the police report. He was treated at Colquitt Regional Medical Center and was released, police said.

Moore said he was walking out of Bentley’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1520 S. Main St., about 1:30 a.m. Sunday with Wood, lounge owner Joshua Meister, and Meister’s fiancee Jackie Newton. He told police Newton had a revolver and he took it from her.

Moore said he didn’t think the revolver was a “real gun” because it had a laser on it. He was pointing it around, and when he pointed it at Wood, it went off.

“Moore’s eyes were bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet,” the officer reported. “I also detected the odor commonly associated with metabolized alcoholic beverages coming from his person. Moore admitted to me he drank several beers and also had at least two shots of Fireball whiskey. He said this probably affected his judgment in regards to the revolver.”

Meister said he was in the next room when he heard the gun discharge but otherwise corroborated Moore’s story. The gun, a .38 Smith & Wesson, is registered to Meister, police said.

A Colquitt County sheriff’s deputy was initially dispatched to the call because the parties reported the shooting took place elsewhere because they didn’t want Meister to get into trouble, the deputy told the reporting MPD officer.

In the other incident, which also happened during the early morning hours of Sunday, the assault was not accidental.

Hope Lamb, 200 block Erve Crosby Road, summoned deputies to an incident that happened in the road in front of her house. The responding deputy found a blue truck parked on the road at Lamb’s driveway, and she said it had been boxed in by a gold truck and a white car when the incident began.

Lamb said she saw a man in a red shirt get out of one of the cars and started chasing the driver of the blue truck. She heard a gunshot, and the gold truck left at a high rate of speed. The white car turned around and left in the same direction, she said.

The driver of the blue truck — Mario Hernandez of Tampa, Fla. — had gone to a neighbor’s house and asked them to call 911, so deputies met up with him at that residence. He told an investigator he had been punched and kicked by two men he knew. He tried to flee, saw one of the men pull a black semiautomatic pistol from his waist, and heard a gunshot behind him. He didn’t know if the shot was fired at him or into the ground.

Another officer located the suspects at a residence in the 400 block of Doc Lindsey Road. Hernandez identified them, and an investigator found a .22-caliber handgun that appeared to have been used in the assault.

Guillen Demesa Geronimo, 28, and Asiel Perez-Rodriguez, age unknown, both of 435 Doc Lindsey Road, were arrested, the incident report said. Geronimo was charged with felony battery, discharging a firearm while under the influence and misdemeanor reckless conduct. Perez-Rodriguez was charged with felony battery.

Hernandez said the assault sprang from an alleged domestic incident.

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