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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting at Warren Williams Homes

The parking lot near the 301 Building of Warren Williams Homes was dotted with evidence markers after a man was shot to death Saturday afternoon.
The parking lot near the 301 Building of Warren Williams Homes was dotted with evidence markers after a man was shot to death Saturday afternoon. Columbus

A murder suspect has been arrested in the Saturday shooting of Calvin Denson outside an apartment at Warren Williams Homes, Columbus police said Wednesday.

Timothy Lamar Jones, 42, was taken into custody in the Atlanta area and charged with murder, said Police Maj. Gil Slouchick of the Bureau of Investigative Services. He will be extradited to Columbus at a later date.

Denson, 44, was found shot outside the 301 Building of Warren Williams Homes Saturday afternoon. He was pronounced dead of multiple gunshots at 6:03 p.m. at Midtown Medical Center.

Police were called to the public housing complex at 1100 12th St. around 5:28 p.m. when patrol officers found Denson lying on the ground and suffering from gunshot wounds. He appeared to have two gunshot wounds in the chest and one in the leg.

A preliminary report from an autopsy conducted Tuesday shows that Denson died of two gunshot wounds to the torso, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said.

The victim was found just west of the building located directly behind the Columbus Housing Authority’s office building on Wynnton Road.

Joyce Greene, the sister of the victim, said she doesn’t know the man who was arrested in connection with the shooting.

“Was my brother familiar with him or not, we don’t know,” she said.

A father of four children, Denson was a 1990 graduate of Russell County High School, attended Columbus Technical College and was a self-employed carpenter. Greene said her brother worked during the day on Saturday and has a friend who lives in an apartment at Warren Williams Homes.

Denson’s funeral is set for 11 a.m. Saturday in the C.T. Chapel of Taylor Funeral Home, Phenix City, where Ricky Wood is officiating. Burial will follow in Green Acres Cemetery in Columbus. Visitation is 1-8 p.m. Friday, according to Taylor Funeral Home Inc.

Bryan said the death is the first homicide since the March 26 shooting of Anthony Meredith at Peachtree Mall and the seventh of the year. Police said that shooting was gang-related and a suspect was arrested.

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