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Suspect charged in Clayton shooting, Atlanta robberies

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Squad, along with two other police agencies, have arrested a man who was wanted for a string of crimes, including a shooting in Clayton County and several armed robberies in Atlanta.

Jerry Walter Latimore, 35, of Atlanta allegedly shot a man three times March 7 in Conley, inside Clayton County, after the man refused to pay him $10 for a car ride, according to a Clayton County Police report.

The victim, Charles King, III, 25, of Smyrna, survived the shooting.

Clayton County sheriff's deputies, along with Atlanta Police and Union City Police, arrested Latimore Tuesday evening at the Oakley Shoals Apartments, at 6295 Oakley Road in Union City.

"Latimore was armed and barricaded himself in the apartment by blocking the door," Clayton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Sonja Sanchez said in a statement.

"Deputies made entry into the apartment, Latimore dropped the weapon and surrendered to the deputies," she said.

The shooting in March happened at a house located at 1660 Slate Road in Conley.

King told police that Latimore was a friend who agreed to give him a ride to the Slate Road address, and that he had been arguing with Latimore about driving recklessly and driving too fast, according to an application for an arrest warrant.

King said when they arrived at the destination, he refused to pay Latimore, and started walking toward the house.

"The victim reported the offender got out of the vehicle and started shooting at him... he fell to the ground ... the offender shot him again in the arm and stomach," according to court records.

"The victim reported the offender got back in the car and left him to die in the driveway of the incident location," court records state.

Clayton County authorities have charged Latimore with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon during a crime, and using a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to Sanchez.

Latimore was also wanted for five commercial robberies in Atlanta, according to Atlanta Police Officer Eric Schwartz.

Atlanta Police have charged Latimore with five counts of armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Schwartz said.

Sanchez said Latimore was being held in the Clayton County jail.