An incident of domestic violence in Clayton, Ga., on Sunday, ended with a Franklin man driving himself all the way to Angel Medical Center with a gunshot wound. Investigators with both the Clayton Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are still trying to put the pieces together.
At approximately 9 p.m., Clayton Police officers reportedly responded to a complaint of domestic violence on Duncan Street, behind the post office in downtown Clayton. Upon arrival, officers Riley Owens and Shawn Wilson detected a strong odor of alcohol on Marty Thompson, Nikki Wykle, Brandon Coalley and Lesley Anglin, all of Franklin, whom were reportedly “shaken” by what had just transpired minutes before. According to reports, officers noted that they appeared to be inebriated.
According to reports, shortly before authorities arrived, Wykle and her boyfriend Edward Astling of Franklin were having a heated argument at the scene in their white 1985 Chevy Van.
“At some point, Wykle's friends pulled up and jumped out,” explained Clayton investigator Troy Taylor on Wednesday. “From what we've gathered, [Wykle] jumped out, Astling put the vehicle in drive, hit one friend (Anglin) and the other (Thompson) shot through the window and hit him.”
At that point, investigators believe Astling left the scene in the van and drove to neighboring Macon County's Angel Medical Center after being shot. “When he saw the gun, he put his arm up. The bullet went through his forearm and entered into his throat,” explained Taylor. “It is lodged too close to his backbone to be taken out.”
According to authorities, once Astling arrived at Angel, he was immediately taken to Mission hospital by ambulance. “He is not paralyzed, he can still talk,” said Taylor.
Astling was allegedly shot by a Smith and Wesson 9 millimeter pistol. Thompson reportedly told authorities upon their arrival that he had shot Astling. The two females, Anglin and Wykle, reported sustaining injuries during the altercation. Anglin said that she was struck by the van while Wykle stated that her back was injured and that she was pregnant. Medical treatment was refused by both females, according to reports.
The investigation is ongoing and more details are forthcoming.