Man Arrested in Valdosta for Aggravated Assault

Leroy Brown
Posted at 12:15 PM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 12:15:00-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - A 58-year-old man is behind bars after he shot a customer at a Valdosta business and got hurt by his own gun in the process. 

The Valdosta Police Department said that on Saturday, around 9:40 p.m., they received a call from a local business about a disturbance.

Employees with "Hill Street Booze" on East Hill Avenue told police that two people were arguing and that one possibly had a gun.

While police were on the way, they got an alert that shots had been fired. When they arrived on scene however, they didn't find anyone who was injured. Witnesses told officers that the two people had been shot, but had left the scene. 

They said that they were also told that the victim had been taken to the hospital by a friend.

Through an investigation, they learned that the suspect, Leroy Brown, got into a argument with a customer in the store. When the customer tried to leave to avoid him, Brown pulled out a pistol and shot the subject in the arm.

VPD said witnesses told them that the tried to physically restrain Brown after he shot the customer and while they were struggling over the gun, his gun went off, hitting Brown in the leg.

Police said that they found Brown at a home with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, then was transported to the Lowndes County Jail.

Brown faces charges related to aggravated assault, aggravated batter, possession of a gun, and criminal damage to property.