Three arrests made in Monday morning murder

STAFF REPORT :::

Three people are in custody, charged in connection with the Monday morning murder of 52-year-old Anthony Reid who was shot at the Quality Inn located at 2014 North Expressway.

The shooting was reported to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 3:30 a.m. and responding deputies located Reid on the floor of Room 204.

Reid had sustained two gunshot wounds.

WellStar Spalding Regional Emergency Medical Services transported Reid to the Spalding Regional emergency room where he succumbed to his injuries.

Deputies secured the scene pending the arrival of crime scene and other investigators.

“Shortly after EMS departed with Mr. Reid, my Investigators were notified that he had succumbed to his wounds. Spalding County Deputy Coroner Michael Pryor responded to the Hospital and met with my investigators after pronouncing Mr. Reid,” said Sheriff Darrell Dix.

Search warrants were obtained for the room where the crime occurred and additional rooms associated with the alleged shooter, now identified as 28-year-old Joshua Ray Fuller.

The SCSO SWAT Team conducted the entries to locate Fuller. While searching, agents also located a weapon investigators believe was used in the shooting.

Authorities say Fuller was found hiding in a nearby room.

“This investigation covered a large physical area and required multiple interviews with witnesses and others in order to piece together the chain of events that led up to the murder of Anthony Reid. We found that there were others involved in assisting Fuller after the shooting by attempting to aid him in hiding evidence of the crime. Those people were also arrested and charged,” Dix said. “From the look of the crime scene and the evidence we gathered, it appears that when he was surprised and attacked by Fuller, Mr. Reid had no other choice, did all he could do, and fought for his life in order to defend himself before being shot.”

Fuller, of 6654 Lamar Hutcheson Parkway, Riverdale, has been charged with murder, felony murder, malice murder, three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Also arrested were Kristen Elaine Fuller, age 26, of 2014 North Expressway Room 231, and Troy Edgar, age 48, of 828 E. McIntosh Road. Fuller and Edgar are both charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and tampering with evidence.

All three suspects are being held in the Spalding County Jail while awaiting their first appearance hearing before a Magistrate Court judge.

“Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Investigators met with Mr. Reid’s family today at their residence and talked to them about the chain of events, the arrests, and the investigation up to this point,” Dix said. “They are a strong family going through a very tough time right now in dealing with this tragedy. Please keep them in your prayers.”

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