Houston & Peach

Cousin: Shooting victim was trying to break up a fight

WARNER ROBINS -- A man shot and killed early Saturday was trying to break up a fight, according to a relative who was at the scene when it happened.

A Houston County Sheriff’s Office release identified the victim as Jarvis Rouse, 20, of Macon.

Markees Rouse, his cousin, said they were at a party when a fight broke out. He said he did not see the shooting but was told by others that Jarvis Rouse tried to break up the fight and was shot. Markees Rouse said his cousin was shot in the head and likely died immediately.

“He was a fun person, fun to be around,” Rouse said. “He was just loving and caring. He didn’t have a problem with anybody, for that to happen. He was just trying to have a good time.”

The shooting happened in the 100 block of Carter Circle near Knodishall Drive about 1 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office release. It also confirmed that it happened at a party, but did not say how it happened. It said Rouse died of a single gunshot wound. Sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland said the investigation is still in its early stages but there are no suspects in custody.

“We are making good progress,” he said.

Markees Rouse said there were at least 100 people at the party, many more than had been expected. There were so many people, he said, that his cousin had discussed leaving just before the fight broke out. He did not know who did the shooting and said “everyone scattered” when it happened.

Deputies had a house on a sharp curve blocked off after daybreak Saturday, and a GBI crime scene van was there. The address was 152 Carter Circle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 542-2080.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.