Thursday, October 07, 2021

GA: Domestic Defense? John Townley, Hatchet, Two Men, one Woman

On October 2, 2021, at approximately 8:44PM, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department responded to a shooting at a residence in the 200 block of Morton Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located a 30-year-old female and a 31-year-old male, both of whom had been shot. The initial investigation indicates that John Townley, 31, arrived at the Morton Avenue address that was occupied by Laura Townley, 30, and Zachary Anderson, 32, of Dunwoody, GA. Shortly after Mr. Townley arrived at the residence, there was an altercation between Mr. Townley and Mr. Anderson involving a hatchet. At some point during the altercation, Anderson fired several shots from his firearm. As a result, Ms. Townley and Mr. Townley were struck. Both were transported to a local hospital. John Townley died as a result of his injuries. Laura Townley sustained serious injuries and is expected to survive.

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John Townley was wielding the hatchet. Laura had been John's wife, but was estranged and/or divorced. The relationship between Laura and Mr. Anderson is uncertain.

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