Man killed, another charged with murder in Dodge

rmanley@macon.comAugust 23, 2010 

A man was shot several times and killed Sunday afternoon near Eastman, authorities said.

The alleged shooter, identified as Michael Dean Crenshaw, 40, was arrested and charged with murder about two hours later, Dodge County sheriff’s Capt. Tony Winborn said.

“He was arrested within a mile of the scene. He had fled on foot,” Winborn said.

Deputies responded to a 3:15 p.m. call about a shooting at 511 Chester Highway. When they arrived, they found a 40-year-old man, Billy Ray Fountain, dead from gunshot wounds, including one to the back of the head, Winborn said.

A third man was taken to a local hospital and treated for what likely was a panic attack or high blood pressure, Winborn said.

The three men were at the residence arguing when Crenshaw pulled out a pistol and started firing, according to a news release from the Dodge sheriff’s office. Deputies said alcohol was involved.

Crenshaw surrendered about 5:30 p.m. when he was found on North Street in Eastman by Dodge deputies, troopers from the Georgia State Patrol and members of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office special response team. Eastman and Chauncey police and the Dodge Correctional Institute K-9 Unit also assisted in the manhunt.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI are investigating.

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