Georgia Rescue Mission: Domestic disputes don't have to turn violent
MACON, Ga. -- A Macon couple's violent domestic dispute led to an innocent man's death Saturday.
Monday, WGXA spoke to the local Georgia Rescue Mission to see how these types of tragic incidents can be avoided.
According to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men in the U.S. have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.
Saturday, Bibb deputies say Edwin Jamaal Williams, 28, and his girlfriend Kristy Nicoshen Buckner, 23, of Macon, got into a heated altercation at their apartment.
Witnesses say that Williams assaulted Buckner by choking her, then left the apartment. Shortly after, Buckner retrieved a pistol and went after Williams, who left the complex in his car.
Buckner reportedly got in her car and began to follow Williams while firing several shots at his car. As Williams tried to get away from Buckner, he ran a red light and crashed his car into that of 47-year-old Precell Carlton Brooks Jr., who was thrown from the car and died from injuries.
Georgia Rescue Mission has steps to avoid situations like these.
It says the most important thing for you to remember is to stand up, step up and speak up in a domestic violence situation. Call them or 911 for help and resources. Rescue Mission say you don't have to take matters into your own hands.
Georgia Rescue Mission adds they have resources for victims of domestic violence. They say victims aren't just women -- it can be men and children too.
Georgia Rescue Mission on Hazel Street in Macon can be contacted at (478)-743-5445.