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Police: No charges in shooting, cutting

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A fight that left one man with a cut to his neck and the other with a gunshot wound won't lead to any charges, Decatur police said Tuesday.

Detective George Silvestri said police had already taken one of the men to jail following the fight Monday night at The Willows Apartments before learning he had been shot.

Officers dispatched to The Willows Apartments, 1242 Beltline Road S.W., shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, only had information that one man had suffered a cut and that a gun was possibly involved, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Bryan O'Neil Williams, 18, a resident of the apartment complex, was being rushed to the hospital at the time, but James H. Groves, 37, of Moulton was still at the scene, Mathews said.

According to the report Wil-liams made to police at Decatur General Hospital, Groves attacked him without provocation in the parking lot.

Officers arriving at the scene saw Groves running away, caught him and charged him with public intoxication, Mathews said.

Silvestri said Williams' injuries were not severe.

"He got his neck cut. It was more like a slash than a stab," Silvestri said. "But he shot the guy that cut him."

"When we got him (Groves) to jail, we realized he had been shot," Silvestri said. "I had talked to him up there (at the scene) and he didn't say anything about it. They got him up there (to the jail) and were dressing him out and noticed he was bleeding."

Groves declined to be taken to the hospital Monday night for treatment of the wound to his leg, but he went to Parkway Medical Center after getting out of jail Tuesday, Silvestri said.

Hospital staff called police when they saw the gunshot wound, and Groves made a report to officers, Silvestri said.

Silvestri said both parties claimed they acted in self-defense, but neither wanted to pursue charges against the other.

"Words were said and things escalated," Silvestri said. "... They're all going to just kind of learn from this and go on."

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