Suspect arrested in murder of Augusta Code Enforcement Officer

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UPDATE: AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF) – Richmond County Sheriff’s Office investigators say the man wanted for murdering an Augusta Code Enforcement Officer has been arrested.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, there was assistance from the Aiken County SC Sheriff’s Office, Unites States Marshals Office, The A.T.F. and Richmond County Code Enforcement.

Melton was found in Aiken County, South Carolina where he will be held until extradited back to Richmond County.

Once back in Augusta, Melton faces charges of Murder and Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime.

Original article below:

What was described as a routine service call for Augusta Code Enforcement ends with the death of a city worker and a hunt for the suspect.

Sheriff’s deputies arriving on the scene on 1200 block of 13th Avenue shortly before 10 a.m. and found Code Enforcement Officer Charles Case lying on the street with gun shot wounds.

Life saving efforts were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 10:25 a.m.

Officer Charles Case

Police have begun a manhunt for 65-year-old Smitty Melton, the owner of the home who was being served.

Melton reportedly fled the scene in a black pick up, said to be a black Chevrolet S-10 or GMC Sonoma extended cab.

Melton is described as being 6′ weighing approximately 210lbs. He is considered armed & dangerous.

If you know of his whereabouts, please contact investigators at 706-821-1020 or 706-821-1080.

“We’re very disheartened that this happened to a city worker who was just performing what he believed as a routine call for service…our prayers will go out to his family,” says Sgt. William McCarty with Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials have also released the audio of the 911 call from the shooting:

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis released the following statement regarding the death of Charles Case:

“On behalf of the Augusta Commission and residents of Augusta, I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Charles “Chip” Case. The tragic loss of life due to a senseless act of violence is painful for all of us, and I want the Case family to know we are with them to support them as they grieve the loss of Charles. We are helping our employees who may need support with EAP and grief counseling services. This remains an active investigation and the Sheriff’s Office, and our District Attorney will pursue justice in this and every act of violence in our city.”


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