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UPDATED: New details emerge in fatal home invasion shooting

UPDATE: More details have emerged in the fatal April 3 home invasion shooting at the Salem Terrace apartments.

The suspect-turned-victim, identified as Quintarious Damareo Reed, came to Apartment 156-B Salem Terrace. He entered the apartment after one of the occupants in the apartment was walking out to their vehicle. Reed reportedly confronted and forced that person back into the apartment at gunpoint.

Once inside the apartment a physical altercation ensued. During the physical altercation one of the apartment occupants pulled out a gun of their own and allegedly shot Reed.

Another occupant of the apartment then called 911. EMS and Deputies arrived at the scene.

Witnesses were interviewed by investigators of the Newton County Sheriff's Office both at the scene and at the Sheriff's Office.

Due to the witness interviews and evidence located at the scene there were no arrests made at this time.

Reed's body was taken to the GBI Crime Lab by the Newton County Coroner's Office where an autopsy has been performed. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending. Evidence was submitted to the GBI.

Once the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the Newton County District Attorney's Office.


(April 3, 2015) At approximately 2:35 a.m. the Newton County Sheriff's Department received a call regarding a shots fired incident at a Salem Terrace apartment Friday. One male was dead inside of the apartment.

The deceased male has been identified as 30-year old Newton County resident Quintarious Damareo Reed.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., 911 received a call from a resident of Salem Terrace Apartments. Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) units responded to the call and found three male occupants and three female occupants along with some underage children in the residence as Reed was on the floor with gunshot wounds.

Medics arrived on scene and the Newton County coroner and the NCSO criminal investigation division were notified after.

Witnesses were interviewed with them being transported down to the NCSO. A search warrant was executed to the other residents. During that search warrant, there were two handguns recovered. One belonged to one of the occupants of the home and the other possibly belonged to Reed, according to NCSO deputy Felicia Jefferson.

According to Jefferson, somewhere around 2 a.m. a female occupant of the residence exited and came upon Reed in the breezeway of the apartment. Reed reportedly forced the female back inside. A struggle between Reed and the adult occupants of the home ensued, resulting in Reed being shot and an adult male occupant of the home being grazed.

Reed has been transported to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy. The cause and manner of death will be released by the Newton County Coroner's Office. After the investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the Newton County District Attorney's Office for further review.

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