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Man shot after reportedly refusing to buy alcohol

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A Riverdale man was shot in the chest after he allegedly attempted to end one woman's New Year's celebration.

Jonathan Carl Lee, 36, told Clayton County Police that Chloris D. James, 38, asked him to buy her more alcohol, in the early morning hours of Jan. 1. He "told her 'no,'" because "she becomes hostile when intoxicated," according to Officer Wayne Thrift's police report.

After the argument, Lee left the 1262 Branchfield Court residence, outside Riverdale. He went to his brother's for a little while.

When he came back, he told police, a file cabinet drawer was opened and a Hi-Point 9 mm was missing.

The 36-year-old man went into the bedroom, police believe, got a .45-caliber semi-automatic from the night stand, and barricaded the bedroom door with a maroon-colored recliner.

A little before 4 a.m., James and Lee exchanged fire.

According to Lee's statement, the intoxicated and known-to-be-hostile woman kicked down the door and fired into the room, hitting Lee in the arm and the chest. He then grabbed the .45 -- a black gun with gold trim and pearl-handled grips, according to the police report -- and fired back.

The shot missed James, but struck the recliner.

When Officer Thrift arrived, early New Year's Day, 9 mm and .45-caliber shell casings lay on the bedroom floor, and Lee lay there, bleeding from the arm and the chest,

James was arrested at the scene, carrying the 9 mm, but told police that, actually, Lee had hit her in the left eye and then left the house and shot himself with the 9 mm.

"The evidence at the crime scene indicated that all of James' comments were fraudulent," Thrift wrote in his report.

James was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. She spent the rest of New Year's Day in the Clayton County jail.