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March 24, 2014

Man shot, killed in Sunday night home invasion


A 62-year-old Tifton man is dead after a home invasion Sunday night.

The Tifton Police Department received a call at 10:42 p.m. Sunday night about the shooting and robbery at 704 East 6th Street in Tifton. Sylvester Downs, who lived at the residence, was shot and killed during the robbery.

According to a report from the TPD, Officer William Germaine responded to the call, where witnesses reported hearing several shots fired in the area of East 6th Street and Church Lane. 

The report states a 19-year-old who was at the residence that evening reported a group of people were playing cards at the home when two black males entered the residence and robbed them, shooting Downs, who was unresponsive when Germaine arrived at the scene.

Witnesses said one of the suspects was carrying a black and silver handgun. The first entered through the front of the home, while the second, carrying a bag, entered at the rear of the home. The suspects were yelling, "Give me the money!" 

The report states that Downs fought with the subject with the gun in the hallway of the home prior to a shot being fired. After Downs was shot, the men fled the scene.

The TPD is continuing to investigate the incident, and is asking anyone with information about the case to call them at 229-382-3132. The Tift County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Tift County District Attorney's Office is assisting in the case.

To contact editor Angye Morrison, call 382-4321.



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