Domestic incident leads to fatal shooting

By Stewart Voegtlin


One local woman is dead and a man seriously wounded after a domestic confrontation in Jackson late last Saturday night.

According to Sheriff Gene Pope, Jackson Police Officer David Esterly responded to a criminal damage to property call at 825 North Oak Street on Saturday night. Shanikos Denson, 35, of Jackson, told police Joe Holder, 28, of Jackson, allegedly kicked her door open, which caused damage to her residence. Holder fled the scene before Esterly arrived.

Holder and Denson have a four-year-old daughter.

Shanikos Denson's nephew, Jameson Denson, 19, allegedly went to Holder's 266 Valley Road residence and produced a knife when he encountered Holder. Holder allegedly produced a gun and Denson fled. Shanikos Denson reported the incident to JPD, and David Esterly was again asked to respond.

BCSO Lt. Tim Filbeck told the Progress-Argus while Esterly was in route to Denson's North Oak Street home, six of Denson's family members were on their way to Holder's residence and once there went into the home and confronted him.

JPD officers were then dispatched to 266 Valley Road for a shots fired call.

Sheriff Pope said BCSO deputies were called to assist JPD because a crowd had gathered at Holder's address.

"There was lots of yelling and screaming coming from [Holder's residence] so people started gathering and the gun shot drew an even bigger crowd," Filbeck said.

Filbeck said between 75 and 100 people gathered outside of Holder's residence.

Holder suffered numerous stab wounds in the fracas, but it remains unknown who attacked him. It has also not been determined who shot 52-year-old Willene Denson, the mother of Shanikos Denson.

BCSO Investigative Division was called. Four investigators responded to the Valley Road scene; one responded to Sylvan Grove Hospital where Coroner Ralph Wilson pronounced Willene Denson deceased from a single gunshot wound. One investigator responded to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where Holder was life-flighted.

"The investigation continues and at this time no charges have been filed," Sheriff Pope said.

Sheriff Pope asks anyone who was at the scene and has information pertaining to the incident to please call BCSO Lt. Tim Filbeck at 770-775-8216.