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Two arrested in shooting death
BCSO: Victim shot multiple times
jerry thomas pritchard
Jerry Thomas Pritchard

Sheriff’s investigators charged two in the Tuesday night shooting death of a Portal area man.

Brandon Trey Lively, 26, Colfax Road, died Tuesday night after having been shot during a dispute at the intersection of Burkhalter Road and Highway 80, between Aces and PoJo’s convenience stores, according to Bulloch County Sheriff’s reports.

Jerry Thomas Pritchard, 26, Bennett-Grooms Road, Brooklet, and Spencer Michelle Dutton, 26, Burkhalter Road, are each behind bars at the Bulloch County Jail, with charges pending as the investigations continue, said Bulloch County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bill Black.

Spencer Michelle Dutton

Dutton is charged with obstruction while Pritchard is expected to be charged with murder and possibly other crimes, he said.

Around 9 p.m., an off-duty sheriff’s deputy was pumping gas at Pojo’s when shots rang out. As other deputies were on the way to the scene, the unidentified deputy reportedly gave Lively CPR, but Lively was later pronounced dead. He was shot multiple times, Black said.

The shooting culminated as a result of an “ongoing dispute,” he said.

The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office issued text alerts to residents in the area warning them of a suspect at large, as Pritchard had fled the scene after the shooting.  East Georgia Regional Medical Center was locked down after Lively was transported to the emergency room, where he was pronounced dead. Hospital staff told the Statesboro Herald lockdowns are protocol whenever a gunshot victim is received.

A few hours later, after midnight, deputies located Pritchard after someone called with a tip as to his whereabouts, said Bulloch County Sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens.

Black said Pritchard was found at a home in the 6000 block of Highway 46. He was arrested, as was Dutton.

Since the investigation is ongoing and deputies were still gathering evidence and serving search warrants Wednesday evening, details of Dutton’s involvement, as well as other details surrounding the homicide, were unavailable, Black said.

Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown said additional information will be released after continued investigation. Additional charges against each suspect are pending, he said.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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