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Police investigating north Athens shooting in which one person possibly injured, another arrested

Nestor Bravo

By Joe Johnson

Police on Friday continued to investigate a weekend shooting incident in a north Athens neighborhood in which one person may have been injured and one suspect was arrested, according to Athens-Clarke County police incident reports.

The incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday on Lombardy Drive, when police received multiple reports about shots being fired.

According to the report, an officer met with a man standing next to his vehicle that had been damaged by gunfire. It reportedly was parked on the road near the driveway of 196 Lombardy Drive and that the responsible person had been shooting from the porch of that residence, then went inside but never came out.

He further stated that a green Honda or Nissan pulled out of the driveway of 196 Lombardy Drive and a male limped away from the residence and up the street and police saw a blood trail that began in the driveway of 196 and went up Lombardy Drive toward Danielsville Road, where the car crashed and its occupants fled, according to a police report.

When officers were searching 196 for the man who had shot from the porch, 25-year-old Nestor Bravo called out from a closet that he was coming out, at which time he was taken into custody. He was arrested when a dispatcher confirmed that there were multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest.

When searching the scene police found a pistol holster in the driveway of 196 and evidence that there had been a fight “based on the marks in the gravel,” Cpl. Daniel Whitney wrote in the report.

Additionally, multiple bullet cartridge casing were located, including one on the porch from where Bravo allegedly had been shooting.

Capt. Christopher Nichols, commanding officer of the Criminal Investigations Division, characterized the incident as an exchange of gunfire between Bravo and an unidentified person in the roadway on Lombardy Drive.

An occupied vehicle that drove by during the gunfight was struck by a bullet allegedly fired by Bravo, but the occupant was not injured, Nichols said.

On Monday morning, the day after the shooting incident, a Danielsville Road man reported he had found an assault-style rifle in the grass next to hid mailbox, according to a report. The American Tactical Omni Hybrid AR-15, which had an empty 30-round magazine, was placed into evidence and police were attempting to determine if the rifle had been involved in the shooting incident on Lombardy Drive.

Meanwhile, Bravo was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and at the jail was served with numerous warrants for family violence offenses and felony probation violations.

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