Skip to comments.Man shot to death in Thunderbolt(GA)
Posted on 09/19/2011 5:57:09 AM PDT by marktwain
Police say a Savannah man killed his co-workers ex-boyfriend Friday night after giving the woman a ride home to Thunderbolt.
Vernon Michael Rich Jr., a 30-year-old resident of the 400 block of Al Henderson Boulevard, has been charged with murder. Police say he shot 35-year-old Troy Wells to death in Bonaventure Place Townhomes, located off Bonaventure Road.
It was Thunderbolts first homicide in nearly a decade.
According to Thunderbolt police, Rich and a female co-worker finished their shifts at Lab Corp, located off Southern Boulevard near Chatham Parkway, about 9 p.m. Rich offered to give the woman a ride home, and they stopped by a store on the way, according to statements given to officers.
When the woman got home, Wells was there, police say. Wells was her ex-boyfriend and was supposed to have moved out that day.
The woman told police Wells walked up behind her as Rich was turning his car around to leave. Wells started arguing with her, demanding to know who Rich is. Wells tried to hit the woman, police say, but she backed away and sprayed him with mace.
Thats when Wells allegedly walked over to Richs car and started hitting him as he sat in the drivers seat. It was 10:47 p.m. The woman said she heard a gunshot.
Police say Rich called 911, admitted to shooting Wells in his upper torso and gave them the gun used to do it.
Thunderbolt Chief Irene Pennington wouldnt comment Saturday on whether the shooting might have been self-defense except to say the investigation is ongoing.
Rich wasnt injured in the altercation, according to Thunderbolt Lt. Sean Clayton, who is investigating the case with the help of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Departments forensics and violent crimes units.
The last time someone was killed in Thunderbolt was Nov. 22, 2001, when Hemant Sheth, the 44-year-old owner of Discount Chevron, 2301 Victory Drive, was shot in the chest and head with a handgun as he stood behind the counter of the convenience store.
Police found the man who allegedly killed Sheth three days later, dead under a Georgia Lottery billboard off Interstate 95. Rostan Christopher Pierre, a 31-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. man, shot himself in the face in a car he stole from the Chevron, according to police. His father told officers Pierre was schizophrenic. He was in Savannah for a wedding.
The 2010 U.S. Census count gave Thunderbolt a population of 2,668. Pennington said the most serious crimes she typically deals with are thefts.
This is usually a very nice, quite community, Pennington said of Thunderbolt.
But residents of Bonaventure Place, many of whom bought their townhomes brand-new, say crime has been on the rise in their development.
Bonaventure Place includes row after row of nearly identical three-bedroom tonwnhomes, with brightly colored fronts of vinyl siding or stucco. Residents said the development is only about three years old, but mold grows on several banisters.
The original developer of Bonaventure Place pulled out of the project when the economy went bad, residents said, and things havent been the same since.
I just put my place on the market last week because of everything thats been going on in the neighborhood, said Thomas Powers, who lives in a Bonaventure Place townhome with his wife and toddler.
Its pretty scary, Powers said of the homicide.
Thunderbolt Mayor Anna Maria Thomas said shes reassuring residents startled by the killing that it was an isolated, domestic incident, and officers are on top of the case.
The police are taking care of it, and were dealing with it, Thomas said.
Most? Nah, many...
Spoken like a true liberal. When a liberal can’t rebut an argument on the merits, he/she personally attacks the integrity of the speaker.
I will defend your statement....and I am a female who has been happily married for 25 years. I have observed what you are saying in others’ troubled relationships over the years. Men are not all saints, but for the most part, somewhere a woman is the root of any of their problems.
Notice it is dems who now write these laws to stack against men? They created the chaos. Crisis management again.
I will probably be flamed too for saying the trouble all began with one woman whose name was Eve.
Yes. You with all your self-esteem would be the one to tell me what I need. You would have been right at home as a statist in the old Soviet Union. When a dissident spoke the truth and rejected the “party line”, the state electroshocked him, i.e., he got “therapy”. Why does my view of the perfidy of the female gender threaten you so much, that you find it necessary to invoke religious and pseudoscientific authoritarianism with which to impugn my “mental health”? Shall we also discuss the subject of abortion and the deaths of millions of innocents on the altar of a woman’s “right to choose” between wantonness as a lifestyle and the life of a child? And you pretend to ally yourself with religion? Yes, turn everything around like Alinsky tells you to do. It’s no secret the Soviet KGB targeted American females for a program of debauchery in the 60’s under the guise of “women’s liberation” because they knew from years and years of published medical and psychological research just how susceptible the female is to self-serving sexual addiction. And of course it worked. They succeeded in bringing out into the open what had been hidden for generations.
Thanks for your honesty. I have to say I’m not really surprised at being flamed. We are a sick nation not least because of this one issue. The institutionalization of depravity and its elevation to cult status as a “right” has taken its toll. We’ve murdered millions of innocents on that altar.
The equipment generally doesn't come out unless there's a cooperating female.
4Runner does have a point, although I wouldn't take it nearly as far as he does, in that many women do like playing games that result in men getting very upset, and more than one woman likes instigating conflict among men because she likes being competed for.
It seems that what 4runner did was provide a local example of this type of situation. He never said that he was involved in that particular situation. The situation he used is one of hundreds and most likely hundreds of thousands more that are happening across our country as we type. In every town, neighborhood, and family. We only hear about the ones where someone is killed, as in his example. Unfortunately children are exposed to many of these similar situations.
And as 4 runner also pointed out....that altar of convenience plays a HUGE role. Bravo to you 4runner for speaking the truth.
BTW, I completely AGREE that women who make up allegations of rape/sexual abuse/assault should have to pay the penalty for doing those things.