Crime

Live-in girlfriend charged with murder in Tip Top Drive shooting, police say

A 55-year-old Columbus man is dead and his girlfriend charged after a domestic dispute Wednesday on Tip Top Drive, Columbus police said.

John Allport was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound at 4 p.m. at 2950 Tip Top Drive, Muscogee County Coroner Bryan said. Allport’s body will be transported to the state crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy, he said.

A police investigation led to the arrest of his live-in girlfriend, Vickie Chavez, also known as Vickie Perez. She was charged with murder under Georgia’s Family Violence Stature. During a 9 a.m. Friday hearing in Recorder’s Court, Perez, 50, continued her hearing until 9 a.m. Tuesday with defense attorney Stacey Jackson.

Bryan said Allport was entering the house through a back window when he was shot in the chest. He was dead at the scene, the coroner said.

Police were called at 3:29 p.m. about a shooting at the house. Officers found Allport suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Perez told police that she and Allport were having a verbal dispute when she retrieved her pistol from a bedroom. She said the pistol went off, striking Allport. Police said Perez was determined as the primary aggressor in the dispute.

Police sealed off the house with yellow tape and blocked the street while detectives were going to neighbors searching for clues in the shooting.

Anyone with information on the shooting should contact Detective Jason Carden at 706- 225-4395 or by e-mail at jcarden@columbusga.org.

This is Columbus’ sixth homicide of 2019, Bryan said. It follows the Feb. 15 death of 24-year-old Ronnie Brooks Jr. who was pronounced dead at 1:40 p.m. in the intensive care unit at Piedmont Columbus Regional’s midtown campus, where he was dropped off around 4 p.m. Feb. 8. He died of complications from a gunshot wound to the neck, which left him on life support, authorities said. Police suspect he was shot on Parkchester Drive.

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