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06/12/06

Claxton Fatal Shooting Called Self-Defense

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Investigators are now calling a weekend shooting near Claxton self-defense. It happened on Church Street just outside the Claxton city limits Saturday morning around 8am. Sheriff's deputies say Danny Jones, Jr., shot and killed Ray Smith, Sr.

They arrested Jones in minutes, but now believe Smith fired his weapon first.

"They'd gotten in an argument earlier and the victim went and got a gun and came back and they fired at each other across the street," said Chief Deputy Randall Tippins.

Jones remains in jail, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The case is still under investigation.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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