Crime

Man attacking woman killed in self-defense shooting near Byron, cops say

A Peach County man was killed in a self-defense shooting Friday night while he was attacking a woman at a house a couple of miles northwest of downtown Byron, authorities said.

The victim, Lloyd Goldie, 35, was found lying on the floor in what officials described as an enclosed carport at a house at 136 Twin Lakes Court, not far from the Crawford County line.

Someone at the house called for help shortly before 9 p.m., Kerry Rooks, the Peach coroner said Saturday.

Rooks said there was “an altercation” between Goldie and a woman there and that “her friend got involved ... and Mr. Goldie was shot several times.”

Peach Sheriff Terry Deese said the woman’s boyfriend, David Billings, armed with a .45-caliber pistol, intervened as Goldie apparently tried to get in the house.

Deese said his investigators along with the GBI have deemed the shooting an act of self defense on Billings’ part and that no charges would be filed.

The sheriff said he thinks Goldie may have done some yard work at the house on Twin Lakes in the past. Deese wasn’t sure what may have prompted Goldie to show up at the house and try to bust in Friday night.

Joe Kovac Jr.: 478-744-4397, @joekovacjr

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