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Accused Army vet shooter charged in armed sex assault

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man accused of inexplicably shooting a longtime friend and fellow U.S. Army veteran in the face has been charged in an armed sexual assault at his home the same day, records show.

Suwanee police charged Tim Amstutz, 47, with shooting Suwanee resident Carmon McCurrie, 43, on Dec. 15. According to police, Amstutz stood on the front porch of his friend's Grand Park Drive home about 10:50 p.m. and fired into the living room, hitting McCurrie in the face and knee as his children and wife lay in their beds.

McCurrie, who was playing a combat video game at the time, survived the attack and has undergone various surgeries, including reconstructions of his nose and ear. Police said Amstutz's actions were triggered by a personal dispute with McCurrie, who said the shooting baffled him.

An arrest warrant obtained by the Daily Post indicates Amstutz committed another violent crime hours earlier, when he held a rifle and pistol to a woman's head and forced her to have sex with him at his Lawrenceville home. That attack happened between 6 and 10:30 p.m., the warrant states.

The Daily Post does not identify alleged victims in sexual assault cases.

Amstutz fled Georgia after the shooting but was apprehended by authorities in Surry County, N.C., who spotted his tan Ford Expedition and arrested him Dec. 21. He was reportedly headed to his father's home in Virginia.

North Carolina authorities found a shotgun, 9 mm and .22-caliber guns in the Expedition, along with a spent shotgun casing on the floor, the Mount Airy News reported.

Amstutz was extradited and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Dec. 30.

McCurrie, a U.S. Army sergeant, had been deployed for tours in Afghanistan and Iraq but was medically released in 2005, due to injuries he suffered from a mortar-round attack on the latter tour.

McCurrie said his friendship with Amstutz dated back more than a decade, when they both were stationed at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Amstutz held the rank of specialist and was never deployed, McCurrie said.

"We were friends, from my understanding," McCurrie told the Daily Post last month. "We'd consider each other almost like brothers."

Amstutz is scheduled to appear in Gwinnett Magistrate Court for a probable cause hearing Jan. 13. He's being held without bond on multiple counts of aggravated assault.

Jail records indicate Amstutz was born in North Carolina, near the area he was apprehended.