Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Charges Unlikely in Boy's Shooting; Deadly Force Protected by Law in Home Incident

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Charges Unlikely in Boy's Shooting; Deadly Force Protected by Law in Home Incident

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON

BRUNSWICK - It is unlikely that any charges will be filed against the tenant who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy who was inside the adult's home Sunday, police said Tuesday.

The continuing investigation has revealed nothing to indicate the shooter did anything criminal that caused the boy's death in the 900 block of Egmont Street, Brunswick police Capt. David Seawell said.

Police responded to a 4:35 p.m. call of a burglary at the house and "upon arrival they noticed a young man on the sidewalk facedown," police spokesman Alex Robinson said.

The preliminary investigation indicates the victim ran from the house and collapsed on the sidewalk about two doors away from the two-story house where the shooting occurred, Seawell said.

The tenants, a man and a woman, were on the second floor of the house when the shot was fired, Robinson said.

Police still have not issued an incident report, but Tramala Ratliff has said she identified the slain boy as her son, Deveron Smith, from a picture.

Police said three minors were at the home where the boy were shot, but it is thought that only he and one other entered the home, Seawell said.

Both of the other minors, whom Seawell described only as younger than 16, have been released to their parents.

Egmont Street is a mostly quiet street throughout its length on Brunswick's South End. It is lined with trees and has a number of Victorian houses that have been restored, and there are several bed-and-breakfasts.

Residents fly the American flag, landscape their yards and, judging by the number of signs opposing Glynn County's plans to expand its downtown jail, get involved in local issues.

Although Deveron lived about a dozen blocks away, he lived in a different world.

Glynn County Coroner Jimmy Durden said the autopsy was completed Monday at a state crime lab in Savannah, but his office does not have the examiner's report. …

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