Apparent suicide ends life of man sought in connection with Macon killing

A man being sought in connection with a recent homicide is dead after an apparent suicide.

Derrick Booze, 38, was found dead in the backyard of a home at 4145 Pinson St. on Monday. Bibb County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Randy Gonzalez said deputies responded to the home after receiving a call around 4:45 p.m.

“Apparently it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Gonzalez said.

Booze, who was being sought as a “person of interest” in the shooting death of 30-year-old La’Smockie Fountain, was not a resident of the Pinson St. home, Gonzalez said.

“From what I’m told, there were a lot of family over there and some friends,” he said.

Reportedly, Booze walked away from the gathering, and then a gunshot was heard before Booze was found in the backyard.

Fountain was also found in the backyard of a home on Saturday morning, her grandmother’s house at 3565 Case St. Booze had four warrants taken out against him related to a previous incident of aggravated assault involving family violence and “pointing a pistol at another.”

Gonzalez added that the investigation into Fountain’s death had not been closed.

Information from the Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331.