According to an initial report, issued by Sheriff Benny Deloach on Monday, December 2, on December 1 at 5:24 p.m. the 911 office received a call advising of a hunting accident. The caller also advised that the person was unresponsive and not breathing. Sheriff Deloach, his officers, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rangers responded to the scene off Holland Road Extension.
Investigation revealed that Vince Lane “Buddy” Combee, age 16, was deceased due to a gunshot wound. The fatal shot was fired by a Johnny Tyler Odom, age 17. At the time of the initial report no charges had been filed in regard to the incident, but the report noted that the incident was still under investigation.
On Monday afternoon Sheriff Deloach issued the following news release regarding the shooting:
“According to Appling County Sheriff Benny Deloach on December 2, the investigation regarding the reported hunting accident that transpired December 1 has revealed that is was not a hunting accident. Johnny Tyler Odom, age 17, of Baxley, has been arrested and charged with murder. He is currently being held in the Appling County Jail pending judicial proceedings.”
I feel so bad for both familys they both are going threw so much .I didn't know Buddy but Tyler I know he is the niceties young man (child) there ever could be he wouldn't do something like this on propose I know this was not murder this was a incident . But I know that people think these type things don't happen unless someone means to shoot but the truth of it is things like this does. Its easier to say blame Tyler he is a cold blood murder someone needs to pay for this but that's not right just ask ur self this why would he shoot his best friend at the boys house and have to go tell Buddys mama and daddy that there son is dead Tyler is a mess because he knows he didn't mean to he wants to die his self he is scared he has never been away from home he is a great young child and now two lives are gone be lost. I am a mother and I can not image what buddys family is going threw I feel so bad for them but I just hope they know the pain Tyler is in for taken his best friends life and how sorry he is.