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Shooting was a near miss, according to chief deputy

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

TALUCAH — A shot fired following an argument Thursday barely missed a woman's head, Morgan County Chief Deputy Mike Corley said Friday. Corley said the woman, Annie Burton, 55, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Teresa Clark, 22.

The women were leaving a residence at 1168 Talucah Road following a dispute with Timmy Lee Chatman Jr., 25, when Chatman fired a rifle at the car. Chatman's first shot missed, but a second struck the windshield, penetrated the headrest of the passenger seat and went out the front windshield, Corley said. The bullet missed Burton's head by about two inches.

"It's a miracle that the round missed the passenger as it pas-sed through the headrest," Corley said.

Clark and Burton had gone to the Talucah Road residence after Clark's brother, Brian Loon-ey, came to Clark's home on Burton Road complaining he had been assaulted by Chatman and asking for a gun, Corley said.

Clark and Burton refused to give Looney a gun. Instead, the two went to Chatman's residence with the firearm, Corley said. In the meantime, Chatman's father, Timmy Lee Chatman Sr., had arrived at the residence on Talucah Road with a rifle in his car, Corley said.

An argument between Chatman Jr. and Clark ended with Chatman Jr. pulling the rifle from his father's car and firing it twice into the air, Corley said. The women said Chatman Jr. would have shot at them but his father grabbed the gun and deflected his aim into the air.

As the women drove away, Chatman fired at them, but missed. Clark told investigators she pulled her gun as she drove away but fired it upwards, not at Chatman. That's when Chatman fired the shot that nearly struck Burton, Corley said.

Investigators charged Chatman with shooting into an occupied vehicle. Morgan County Jail released him Friday on $1,500 bond.

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