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Alleged shooter in Athens Checkers trash dispute arrested

Updated: Jun 4, 2022

Deaundrea Silmon

CORRECTION: ON Friday, June 3, 2022 Classic City News misidentified Deaundrea Silmon as Deauntrea Silmon

By Joe Johnson

An Athens woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly shooting a man following a confrontation at a westside fast food drive-thru, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Police identified the suspect as 22-year-old Deaundrea Silmon of Windy Hill Way.

According to police, officers responded at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to the area of Checkers, 2198 W. Broad St., to investigate a report of gunfire in the area.

Upon arrival, officers located a 29-year-old homeless man whose hip had been grazed by a bullet, according to police, who said the man declined an offer to be treated medically.

A Checkers manager reportedly told police that he was sitting in his car when he saw a man arguing with occupants of a vehicle in the drive-thru line in which the man threw some trash into the vehicle.

The manager said he watched as the vehicle followed the man to the adjacent parking lot of Walgreens, where Silmon and a male passenger exited their vehicle and engaged the man in a verbal altercation, according to police.

The manager reportedly went over to intervene, and as the parties began to separate, the manager heard four gunshots as the suspect’s car sped away.

In addition to declining treatment for the gunshot injury, the victim stated that “he did not want to press charges on the female, that he only wanted to be left alone," an officer wrote in a police incident report. “I was not able to get a good address for (the victim), as he is homeless and stated that he bounces around from camp to camp every night.”

“Detectives conducted interviews, reviewed surveillance footage, and examined evidence associated with this event. As a result, Silmon was identified and arrested,” said Athens-Clarke County police Sgt. Scott Black, a supervisor in the Criminal Investigations Division.

The investigation is ongoing, and police asked for anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Sgt. Black at 762-400-7058 or

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