No Charges Filed In Fatal Gun Battle Open Investigation

Witnesses continue to be interviewed and no charges have been filed related to last week’s shooting that claimed the life of 32-year-old Kevin Jermaine Jones of Thomaston, according to Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore.

Kilgore said UCSO deputies responded to a disturbance call at 1:45 a.m. July 5 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to learn that three shooting victims already had been transported to Upson Regional Medical Center by private vehicle.

Investigation revealed that Jones, who had been to the location and was involved in an argument earlier, returned and began firing a handgun as he exited his vehicle. Jones was met with return fire from 18-year-old James M. Fortner of Thomaston, according to the statement.

Witnesses at the scene said several other individuals also fired weapons during the incident, Kilgore said.

Jones, who was shot four times, died from his injuries later that morning. Savalas Everett, 19, of Thomaston, was shot in the hand; Jercedes Jones, 33, of Thomaston, was shot in the leg; and Fortner was shot in the arm, but did not seek medical attention.

The investigation remains active and ongoing, according to Kilgore.

Other unrelated arrests and charges reported by UCSO include the following:

Theodore Clements, terroristic threats and acts;

Steven Bruce Waller, felony failure to appear.

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