Athens man arrested for allegedly targeting estranged wife's home in drive-by shooting


Corey Sharod Dillard

By Joe Johnson

A man was recently arrested for allegedly shooting at the home of his estranged wife in east Athens.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, a 37-year-old woman reported Friday night that her husband, 48-year-old Corey Sharod Dillard, from whom she is separated, had earlier in the evening come by her home on Cabin Lane Extension to retrieve some belongings.

The woman said she allowed Dillard in to grab some bags before closing and locking the door, and that he remained outside, knocking to be let back in, according to the report.

She told police that she believed that her husband urinated on the door while waiting to be let in and he also fired a gun into the air. The report noted that an officer observed a fresh wet spot on the concrete by the door.

The woman said that Dillard drove away at about but returned a short time later and fired the gun three more times, “this time aimed at the home,” according to the report.

The report noted that one bullet struck the living room, coming to rest under a couch; another went into the bedroom and got embedded in a wall; and the third bullet went through the woman’s bed and into a nightstand, coming to rest in a drawer.

While police were on the scene, Dillard called his wife to ask about coming over again to get some clothes, at which time the woman asked Dillard from where he was calling, and police subsequently went to that location and detained him, according to the report.

Officers reportedly found five bullet cartridge casings in the road in front of the victim’s home, and also retrieved three bullets from inside the home.

Dillard was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, and as of Tuesday morning he was being held at the Clarke County Jail without bail being set.

Anyone who is in an abusive relationship can seek advice and services by calling Project Safe’s 24-hour hotline at (706) 543-3331, or by visiting http://www.project-safe.org.

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