Drive-by shooting claim proves false

Fri, 12/22/2006 - 2:26pm
By: Ben Nelms

Sometimes things just do not go as planned. That was all too true for a Fairburn man Dec. 12 who was arrested after he and three friends claimed he was the victim of a drive-by shooting.

Dominique Lathan, 18, was charged with discharging a firearm and obstruction in the incident, according to Fairburn Det. Ben Pace.

The situation unfolded as Lathan and three friends arrived at Fairburn Police Department saying that Lathan had been hit in the left arm above the elbow during a drive-by shooting on Fayetteville Road. Two of the three friends quickly acknowledged that the injury to Lathan’s arm had been the result of the drive-by shooting.

An officer took one of the men to the scene of the shooting while Lathan was being treated for his wound. The scene of the shooting turned out to be a residence in Trotter’s Farm subdivision, said Pace. Finding blood on the driveway of the Francis Lane residence, the officer returned to the police department. Noting the inconsistency in the men’s report, Pace continued questioning the men.

During the interviews each of the three men admitted that Lathan had shot himself, Pace said, adding that the self-inflicted gunshot wound had occurred at the Francis lane residence and was precipitated over recent relationship issues with a female.

Charged with obstruction for fabricating the drive-by story and giving false information were Durrun Dunnum, 19, of Palmetto; Solomon Bailey, 20, of Red Oak; and Cedric Clark, 18, of Union City.

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