Elderly man allegedly shoots neighbor over insults

By Joel Hall


A 79 year-old Conley man was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly shooting a man in the chest, after the man insulted his wife.

On Sunday night, Jessie Rufus Harris allegedly shot his neighbor, Luther Jenkins, 51, during a verbal altercation at Harris' residence, located at 1497 Iris Drive in Conley.

According to a Sheriff's warrant filed with the Clayton County Magistrate Court, Harris, "assaulted Luther Jenkins with a deadly weapon, being a .22 caliber handgun, which when used offensively against another, is likely to cause serious bodily injury."

According to police reports, Clayton County Police received a call about the shooting at approximately 7:30 p.m., on Sunday night. Harris allegedly shot Jenkins after Jenkins told Harris, using profanity, that he intended to have sex with Harris' wife.

Harris allegedly fled the scene, while Jenkins was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. According to Lt. Rebecca Brown, police spokesperson, Harris was arrested between 4 and 5 a.m., on Monday, at a Waffle House restaurant in the county, and charged with aggravated assault.

Brown said the altercation and the shooting were "unusual."

"Usually, people who are older are a little more patient about things," said Brown. While she does not believe Harris and Jenkins to be related, she said Jenkins resides around the corner from Harris, on Camellia Trail.

On Monday afternoon, Brown said that she did not know Jenkins' medical status. Harris is being held in the Clayton County Jail.