Update: Police charge suspect in Sunday slaying of Terry Hargett of Columbus

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 31, 2013 

Columbus police have charged 19-year-old Devante Oshea Shepard in Sunday's fatal shooting of Terry Hargett, detectives said today.

At 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Hargett, 25, of Columbus was discovered slumped over in his car at the intersection of Old Cusseta Road and Antietam Drive in south Columbus when someone noticed there appeared to be a bullet hole in the driver’s door window, according to a news release from Columbus police Lt. Lynn Joiner.

The citizen flagged down a patrol officer, who went to investigate. The officer found the victim slumped across the front seats and saw it appeared he was suffering from a gun shot wound.

Fire and EMS were called. A faint pulse was found and Hargett was transported to The Medical Center. After trying to revive Hargett over a 30-minute period, he was pronounced dead at 1:48 p.m. by a physician, according to Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton.

“He had numerous gunshot wounds,” said Newton.

The body is being sent to Atlanta for autopsy, Newton said.

Hargett was driving a 2001 light blue Nissan Maxima with tinted windows and a Georgia tag. He was last seen leaving his residence around 9 a.m. going to Easter church services on Reese Road, near Fairview Drive, Joiner said. He was wearing a black suit with a blue shirt.

Hargett’s car was on Antietam Drive going south so it appeared he had driven out of the new development area of the Bunker Hill Subdivision, Joiner said.

Anyone who may have information should call 706-653-3400.

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