ELLIJAY, Ga. – The suspect of a home invasion last week, Willie Lee McCoy, was shot by law enforcement during the incident, but has now escaped custody at the hospital where he was being cared for.
According to Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson, McCoy was incapacitated and under heavy medication as he was life-flighted to the hospital for his injuries. Nicholson states he was kept under guard by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office for 18 hours.
During that time, Nicholson says he was assured multiple times by the hospital security that they would monitor and guard McCoy and would inform the Sheriff’s Office when he was being released. However, over the weekend, he got out of his bed and walked out the front door of the hospital. At this time, his whereabouts are unknown.
The Sheriff’s has notified those involved in last weeks incident about the escape and is currently looking for him. They are also looking for Loren Danielle Denson. Nicholson said that the Sheriff’s Office is only seeking Denson for questioning at this time as they believe she may have information about McCoy. He asserted that the office was only seeking Denson as a possible connection at this time.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to be aware of the situation and is asking anyone who spots or has information on McCoy to contact law enforcement immediately. They are asking citizens not to approach these two, but instead call 911 if you spot them.
McCoy is expected to still be affected by injuries to his hip and arm and that one of his injuries would be in need of follow up treatment.
According to the Sheriff’s BOLO McCoy is wanted for charges of aggravated assault on Peace Officer, Armed Robbery, and Home Invasion.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Willie McCoy, 39, of Ellijay was the only injury from Tuesday’s, November 6, shooting according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) press release today.
Requested to perform an “officer-involved-in-shooting” investigation by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, the GBI state that McCoy is alleged to have attempted to force his way into a residence while armed with a gun.
As officer’s from both the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellijay Police Department responded to the 911 call, they found McCoy as they approached the house. The GBI states that the McCoy was pointing a gun at officers and the ensuing action resulted in McCoy being shot multiple times.
The press release states that EMTs provided care before transporting him to the hospital. McCoy remains there at this time.
Stay with FYN as we reach out to local law enforcement for a statement on the incident. See the full press release as follows:
Ellijay, GA (November 7, 2018) – On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation in the area of Quarles Lane in Ellijay, GA. Preliminary information indicates that a 911 call was made to the Gilmer County 911 Center at approximately 7:31 p.m. The caller indicated that Willie McCoy, 39, of Ellijay, GA was asked to leave the area of the residence and refused. McCoy was also armed with a gun. As the situation unfolded, McCoy attempted to make entry into the residence. Given this information and the fact that McCoy had outstanding felony warrants for aggravated assault and home invasion, officers from both the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellijay Police Department responded to the location. Upon approach to the house, officers encountered McCoy who was pointing a gun at the officers. As a result, McCoy was shot multiple times. EMTs staged with officers and were able to provide immediate medical care to McCoy. McCoy was transported to a hospital for treatment, where he remains.
No law enforcement officers were injured in the incident.
The GBI will conduct its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.
Gilmer County, GA
Preliminary report in regarding a domestic home invasion which occurred on the evening of Tuesday, November 6th. Gilmer County Sheriff’s office assisted by Ellijay Police Department responded to a domestic related, attempted home invasion in the western portion of Gilmer County.
Officers approaching the scene were met with an armed suspect. Multiple shots were fired. The suspect has been transported to an area hospital. No officers were injured. The GBI is conducting an investigation at the request of the Sheriff’s office.
FetchYourNews will update as additional details become available.
ELLIJAY, GA – Saturday evening, July 8, around 5:30 pm, the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a home invasion in which the invader was shot.
According to Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson, deputies responded to the 911 call from Douglas Pritchett, 43, claiming his home was being invaded and he had shot the invader.
Several detectives began investigating. Shortly after arrival, though, the Sheriff’s Office contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to aid in the investigation. Sheriff Nicholson told FYN this is not an uncommon occurrence when dealing with certain situations including deaths that may be considered “off” in some way and involve acts of violence.
“Sometimes we contact them for the added manpower that they can bring, sometimes we contact them for the special units they can bring.” said Sheriff Nicholson. With GBI involved, joint work has begun to continue the investigation as the situation develops.
According to the Sheriff, there is reason to believe that Richard Danly, 53, the alleged invader and shooting victim, and Pritchett knew each other and Danly may have actually resided at the location. Danly was declared dead at the scene.
FYN also contacted the GBI for more information. Due to the ongoing investigation, certain details are not allowed to be released at this time. However, Special Agent in Charge Kim Williams of Region Eight of the GBI did offer the follow release.
On Saturday, July 8, 2017 at approximately 6:00 PM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a death investigation. At approximately 5:37 PM, a 911 call for assistance in reference to a shooting was made by a resident of 158 River Lodge Drive Ellijay, Georgia. Deputies responded to the scene where they found Richard Thomas Danley, 53, of Ellijay, deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Douglas Edwin Pritchett, 43, of Ellijay, was identified as the shooter. Pritchett was ultimately arrested on one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault. The autopsy for Danley is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2017. This investigation is ongoing.
As stated in their release, Pritchett is facing charges on Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault. Officials do have both the weapon and Pritchett in custody.
Sheriff Nicholson has confirmed they have a confession to the murder. (more…)