Man Armed with Shotgun and Machete Arrested After Struggle

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News Release: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office
April 20, 2015

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- On Sunday evening around 10:00 PM the victim was at home her home, when her estranged husband, William Marvin Wilson entered the front door of the home armed with a shotgun. Wilson pointed the shotgun at the female, a minor child and a male who was in the home. The female grabbed the shotgun and began wrestling with Wilson when he removed a machete from the rear of his pants as they continued to struggle. William Wilson fled the residence on foot taking the shotgun with him but dropping the machete.

Following the incident, deputies and investigators remained in the area attempting to locate Wilson. Arrest warrants were issued for William Wilson alleging aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and cruelty to children. The cruelty to children charge was the result to the event taking place in front of a minor child. Around 3:30 PM this afternoon, deputies found William Wilson as he emerged from the woods nearby the residence.

William Wilson was taken to the Lowndes County Jail where he was booked for an aggravated assault charge. He will appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court tomorrow where a bond will be considered.

Investigators are continuing to investigate and additional charges are likely. Sheriff Prine is asking anyone with information about William Wilson or this case can contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at {229} 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at {229} 671-2985 or on line at

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