Deputies: Two arrested following property dispute shootout

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Two people were arrested on multiple charges after a dispute over property lines turned into a shootout in Paulding County Monday, according to deputies.

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It happened at a home in the 8400 block of Dallas Acworth Highway just before 3 p.m. Monday. Paulding County Sheriff’s deputies said they received a call about a dispute which was quickly upgraded to a shooting involving several people. All were taken into custody without deputies having to use their firearms.

Deputies said it started as a land dispute. Investigators said Rickey Allen Kilgore, 62, who lives at the home, came out and confronted the two victims who were there to mark property lines. When things got heated, deputies said Kilgore first went back inside, returning with a hammer of some sort to threaten the pair, before going back inside for a rifle. Investigators said Kilgore opened fire, striking one of them in the leg.

The second victim was able to grab a firearm from a vehicle and return fire, forcing Kilgore to retreat back inside to get a shotgun, deputies said. Kilgore returned outside and pinned the two victims down behind vehicles firing his shotgun, deputies said.

Once the scene was secured, detectives and agents with the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force said they then executed the search warrant to search of the home, finding an indoor marijuana growing operation inside the mobile home. Several firearms and other evidence was collected at the scene.

Deputies said the victim who was shot in the leg is expected to recovery.

Kilgore was arrested on multiple charges including aggravated assault, aggravated battery, the manufacturing and possession of marijuana, and criminal damage to property.

Deputies also arrested 60-year-old Meloney Shirley and charged her with the manufacturing and possession of marijuana.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have passed the home on Monday between 2:45 and 3:10 p.m. to contact detectives at 770-443-3015.

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