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Bainbridge authorities arrest suspect connected in fatal overnight shooting

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Published: Jul. 1, 2019 at 10:31 AM EDT
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By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

July 1, 2019

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WCTV) -- A Bainbridge man wanted for a deadly Monday morning shooting was arrested by Donalsonville Police around 4:30 p.m.

Bainbridge Public Safety says 48-year-old Jamel Jackson is being charged for the murder of 34-year-old Leon Chandler.

Investigators believe what started as a card game, involving drugs and gambling, turned into a deadly shooting overnight.

In the early hours of the morning, public safety officers responded to a gunshot victim at the ER.

Investigators say Chandler was taken there by private vehicle, but he died on the way from a gunshot to the head.

"It was a little chaotic. We had family members there that were upset. Then at the hospital, once they pronounced him dead it became worse with a lot of mourning," said Chip Nix, the responding investigator.

Nix says eyewitnesses watched Jackson pull the trigger, during a small gathering at his house at 707 Dennard Street.

In the middle of the game, they say Jackson accused Chandler of stealing money and shot him.

After, Jackson fled on foot. He left behind his car and marijuana that investigators believe he was dealing.

"In this case, we feel comfortable in saying he will be brought to justice. We feel sorry and remorse for the family and their loss," said Nix.

BPS investigators were also contacted by the Department of Community Supervision.

They say Jackson also has warrants out for violating his probation from recent drug and gun charges.

They say the house he fled from doesn't match the address filed in his probation records.

By 5 p.m., Jackson was arrested and in the process of being transported back to Bainbridge, after being recognized inside a Donalsonville Hardee's restaurant.


By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News

July 1, 2019

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Bainbridge Public Safety says they have arrested a man wanted in a deadly shooting that occurred early Monday morning.

BPS says Jamel Christopher Jackson was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Monday around 4:30 p.m.

Officials say Jackson entered the Donalsonville Hardee's restaurant and was recognized.

Authorities say sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene and placed him under arrest.

Officials say he is being brought back to Bainbridge Public Safety for booking.

BPS says he is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of 34-year-old Leon Chandler.


By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News

July 1, 2019

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Bainbridge Public Safety is asking citizens to be on the lookout for a suspect wanted in a deadly overnight shooting on Monday morning.

BPS says around 2 a.m., officials were dispatched to an emergency room of a hospital in reference to a shooting.

Officials say a card game at a residence on Dennard Street turned into an altercation, resulting in the shooting death of 34-year-old Leon Chandler.

Authorities say the shooter, 48-year-old Jamel Christopher Jackson, fled the scene and is considered armed and dangerous.

BPS says anyone with information on Jackson's whereabouts is urged to call 229-726-4119 or

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