Murder suspect denied bond, family of victim calls shooting over paintball gun a tragedy

Police accuse Timothy Tarr of shooting his neighbor Alcides Washington to death.
Police accuse Timothy Tarr of shooting his neighbor Alcides Washington to death.

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The man accused in a deadly shooting outside a Columbus home faces a family full of questions. Timothy Tarr is charged with murder after police say he shot Alcides Washington at Tarr’s home on Stone Creek Court. The incident happened just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. CPD investigators told a judge Tuesday, May 31, that the shooting stemmed from an argument over a paintball gun.

When police arrived at Tarr’s house the night of the shooting, they found Washington, 33, lying on the ground and shot in the head. They also discovered Tarr, 50, standing in the backyard with his hands over his head. After speaking with witnesses, most of which were Tarr’s family, police say several people were irritated by how much Washington was shooting a paintball gun. The gun belonged to Tarr, and Tarr was worried Washington was using up paintball ammunition. Despite repeated warnings, officers say Tarr took out a pistol and placed it in a ready position, pointed at Washington. The 30-year plus veteran then fired his weapon.

Washington was later rushed to Midtown Medical Center after being shot somewhere near the eye, officers say. He died the next day.

Tarr’s attorney, Jennifer Curry, says her client did not realize he fired the gun.

“He did not intend to injure his friend,” Curry told News 3. “And so he was in shock and he immediately froze, placed his hands above his head and waited for law enforcement to arrive.”

Washington’s friends and family members showed up to the preliminary hearing Tuesday to hear more details about the shooting.

“It’s not easy for anybody,” Washington’s father-in-law Leland Sharp said. “It’s a very tragic thing that happened. And there’s a lot of things that’s being said that…we’ll see what happens.”

Sharp says Washington has six boys, all of whom were reportedly inside the Stone Creek Court home when the shooting happened. A judge denied bond to Tarr because of the murder charge. Meanwhile, Curry believes the murder charge is unfair to Tarr. She suggests a less menacing charge such as manslaughter because of Tarr and Washington’s past relationship. The two are neighbors and friends. Washington originally came over to Tarr’s house to do some installation work.




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