Fulton County police are continuing to investigate the Thursday night shooting death of a Juliette limousine driver in College Park.
Jeffry Eliot Powers, 51, was shot to death in what police are calling a “robbery gone bad” after stopping at a store off Old National Highway about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Powers was in the area to pick up a customer, police officials said.
“He had just purchased something when he was approached by one or two subjects,” said Sgt. Scott McBride, spokesman for Fulton County police. “He was killed at the scene.”
Powers was shot more than once, McBride said.
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Police aren’t sure exactly what was taken from Powers, since they still found items, such as his cell phone, at the scene.
According to the police report, a green Honda Civic with two men inside was seen leaving the store at the time.
McBride said the area has a lot of property crimes but not much violent crime.
Katina Biggs, Powers’ sister-in-law, said the family has been distraught since the incident.
“We have a minimum amount of information,” she said. “His wife and two kids are taking it badly. It’s not gotten any better. We’ve already had a service for him. My sister was married to him for 22-plus years. He’s all (family members) they know. It’s going to be hard, for sure, forever.”
Powers owned and operated Powers Transport for about 10 years, Biggs said. A graduate of Americus High School, he is survived by his wife, Deidre, and two children, Eboni, 20, and Jeffry Jr., 19.
“He was a wonderful family man,” Biggs said. “He had two beautiful children. This is a senseless death, and it’s a shame it had to happen.”
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.