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UGA football leads to gunfire when daughter didn’t want to watch game, cops say

UGA QB Justin Fields runs the ball during the second quarter of  the UK-Georgia football game at Kroger Field in Lexington, KY on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
UGA QB Justin Fields runs the ball during the second quarter of the UK-Georgia football game at Kroger Field in Lexington, KY on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Macon

A Milledgeville woman is accused of shooting at her parents after her father would not let her change the TV channel from the University of Georgia football game.

Tambria Chaprii Palmer, 28, was arrested Saturday after allegedly opening fire on family members at their home in the 200 block of Hudson Drive in Baldwin County.

“I think it’s a culmination of things but the last part of it was dad was going to watch the ballgame and she wanted to watch something else,” Baldwin County sheriff’s Capt. Brad King said.

Palmer grabbed the remote control and changed the channel while her father, Darrell Palmer, was watching the Bulldogs play the Kentucky Wildcats, according to the Baldwin County sheriff’s office incident report.

The two started arguing and Darrell Palmer turned off the television, prompting his daughter to try to turn it back on but he blocked her.

He told investigators “his daughter then began cussing at him and attempted to hit him in the face,” the report stated.

He grabbed his daughter and sat her on the couch but she continued “cussing” before he let her get up. She went to the bedroom stating “she was going to send everyone in the house to hell,” according to her parents’ account shared in the report.

Darrell Palmer thought he heard the sound of a “gun chambering a round” and went toward the bedroom where Tambria was sitting on the bed with a handgun in her lap, the report stated.

She allegedly pointed the gun and fired a shot, which sent her father scrambling to get out of the house.

Tambria Palmer’s mother, Le’Trice Palmer, was holding her newborn granddaughter when she heard two shots and ran out of the house.

As Le’Trice Palmer headed across the front yard and toward the neighbor’s house, Tambria Palmer was chasing her and continuing to fire the gun. Le’Trice Palmer fell multiple times while dodging the bullets.

Baldwin County sheriff’s deputies answered a call for an “active shooter” and arrived with Milledgeville police to find Tambria Palmer outside at about 3:40 p.m.

“She threw the gun into the bushes, into the hedges,” Baldwin County sheriff’s Capt. Brad King said. “She shot every round in the magazine.”

Officers drew guns, ordered Palmer to the ground and arrested her.

They found her other three children, ages 2 to 10, in a back bedroom inside the home.

“It’s a tragedy for a family to go through that but we’re extremely pleased we didn’t have anybody hurt. Actually, I’m on the verge of being amazed,” King said.

Tambria Palmer, who is unemployed and living back with her parents, faces six counts of aggravated assault, 4 counts of cruelty to children and one count of reckless conduct.

“My understanding is they had been having some issues,” King said.

Her parents are caring for the 3-month old baby and her other children, King said.

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart said his team battled their way to a win Saturday night against the Kentucky Wildcats in a winner-take-all game for the SEC East title -- and a spot in the SEC Championships.

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