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Man claims self-defense in west Athens shooting

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was arrested Friday after he claimed to have shot someone in self-defense.

Deon Christopher Romeo, 20, told police that he was moving out of an apartment on Crane Drive that he shared with the mother of his child when the woman’s brother and other males “began to jump him,” said police Lt. Shaun Barnett.

“When Romeo exited the apartment, one of the individuals involved in the altercation began reaching into a vehicle.” he said. “Subsequently, Romeo discharged his firearm, striking the subject in the foot.”

A police incident report notes that a witness who had been eating lunch in the parking lot of nearby Georgia Square Mall heard gunshots and then began to video record Romeo involved in an argument and holding up his arm as if he had a gun.

Romeo was arrested for aggravated assault, and he was released the following day upon posting bond at the county jail.

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