New evidence has surfaced in the shooting death of a Pooler
man that occurred early Monday afternoon.
Evidence indicates that Jeffery Adam Beckworth died as a result
of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy conducted by the GBI Crime Lab
supports the initial report made at the scene by Chatham County Sheriff's deputies.
Beckworth was being sought by the Chatham County Sheriff's
Fugitive Squad because he failed to appear in court for an aggravated battery
charge, violation of parole and felony probation violations. Those charges are from events that occurred on Sept. 26,
2010 in Garden City.
When deputies arrived at Beckworth's home in Pooler, he fled
and then turned and aimed a handgun at the deputy pursuing him.
The deputy fired one shot that missed Beckworth. Beckworth
then took his own life. This was consistent with interviews and physical
evidence collected by Pooler Police at the scene.
That evidence has been released to the Crime Lab for further
Beckworth was on felony probation at the time of the event
for a prior conviction in Bulloch County. Because of the probation, he was
prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.
The investigation continues by both Pooler Police and
Chatham County Sheriff's Office.