SNELLVILLE -- Murder charges may not be filed in what's believed to be Gwinnett County's first homicide of 2013.
Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead told the Daily Post on Monday that 48-year-old Covington man Darrell Johnson was shot and killed in an incident that began Friday night and ended early Saturday morning. The events that preceded his death -- allegedly at the hands of his daughter's boyfriend -- have made the investigation more complicated than usual.
According to police, 21-year-old Derrick Brown and his girlfriend, Johnson's daughter, were involved in a domestic dispute early Friday evening at a friend's home on Parkside Court, off Lenora Church Road near Briscoe Park. The female left but returned at about 3 a.m. with her mother, father and a friend.
An altercation reportedly ensued between Brown and Johnson, during which the latter allegedly "struck Mr. Brown with a club several times," Whitehead said. That incident was broken up and Johnson and his daughter "went upstairs to retrieve clothing."
When Johnson came back downstairs, though, he allegedly picked up a "metal barbell" and began assaulting Brown once more. One of the blows, it was later learned, fractured Brown's elbow.
Brown then "drew a handgun from his pajama pocket" and fired once at Johnson, police said.
"When Johnson continued to approach brown, he fired another shot at him," Whitehead said. "Everyone ran outside and Mr. Johnson collapsed in the driveway where he succumbed to two gunshot wounds."
Police officers and emergency personnel arrived but were unable to save Johnson. Brown was taken to Eastside Medical Center, treated for his fractured elbow and released.
The case is under investigation.
"The investigation is continuing to determine whether any charges will be brought," Whitehead said.
No further information was available Monday, nor were details regarding the original domestic dispute involving Brown and Johnson's daughter.
The incident was believed to be the county's first homicide of 2013. A spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department -- which covers the vast majority of Gwinnett via its unincorporated areas and those cities without local departments -- confirmed Monday that it had not yet reported a homicide this year.
The county's murder tally jumped from 28 in 2011 to 41 in 2012, its first increase since 2007. Gwinnett recorded an all-time high of 50 homicides that year.