Man arrested after shooting that killed 15-year-old in Metter
METTER, Ga. (WTOC) - A man has been arrested for the June 14 death of a 15-year-old in Metter, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Michael Mincy, 34, has been arrested and charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for his involvement in the death of 15-year-old Treyveon Lanier.
Lanier died and a 14-year-old girl was also injured in the shooting. The shooting happened around on North Leroy Street.
According to the GBI, officers responded to a call about a dispute over a missing dog.
They say a few minutes later another 911 caller said they heard what sounded like kids fighting. This incident was investigated and resolved by the police.
Later on, officers were dispatched to the same area round 9:19 p.m. after multiple 911 calls regarding shot being fired and people being shot.
Police say a stray bullet struck Treyveon Lanier in a crowd during a heated neighborhood dispute.
Metter’s police chief said the charges in this case come after studying the evidence for several weeks and a host of interviews with witnesses that were in the crowd that night.
“In this case, I don’t know that it didn’t start initially as self-defense but it escalated way past that where innocent people get shot,” said Chief Robert Shore
Shore says they talked with neighbors and others who were watching this dispute. He says Lanier had no part in the dispute, in fact quite the opposite.
“He was basically down there to find some other family members and get them out of the situation.”
Earlier this month, an emotional vigil was held by family members after Trey’s death. Loved ones say it’s been difficult to wait on the investigation, but they’re grateful for the arrest and charges.
“I definitely feel more confident in the case. It shows me that you extensively investigated and somewhere you found enough evidence to bring charges against this guy.”
Mincy remains in jail. The chief says they could possibly add charges against other people involved in the dispute that night.
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