According to Police Chief James Godfrey, at approximately 11:04 a.m., on Friday, August 24, officers of the Baxley Police Department, Appling County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Altamaha Drug Task Force responded to 181 Bay Street in reference to a female being shot. On arrival officers observed a female laying on the ground and after checking on her officers discovered that she was deceased. The female was later identified as Tiesha Kenyetta Davis, 26, of Baxley. The coroner’s office was contacted and the victim’s body was released to the coroner.
Relatives at the house told officers that the victim’s boyfriend, a James Vann, had pulled up and got into an argument with Davis over a child custody issue. The argument escalated and Vann shot her several times and sped off in a small blue vehicle.
Other officers at the scene observed a subject take off on foot, gave chase and caught him around IGA where the subject was detained pending investigation. As a result of the subject being detained, a firearm was seized from him.
A lookout was posted to other units and surrounding counties for James Cornelius Vann, of Baxley, and the vehicle he was last seen driving in connection with this incident. Members of the Baxley Public Works Department, along with members from the EMA were called to the scene for assistance in traffic and security control.
James Cornelius Vann
At approximately 1:10 p.m. Appling County Deputies, after responding to several calls in reference to a home invasion near Surrency, took Vann into custody in connection with the shooting and the home invasion without further incident.
Upon taking him into custody officers observed what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his back. Vann was transported to Appling HealthCare for his injuries. Vann’s wound apparently was the result of the glass in the vehicle he was driving that was shot out by a subject who was chasing after him from the scene.
Vann, 28, of Baxley, was arrested on charges of one count murder/felony murder and aggravated assault under the Domestic Violence Act. The other subject is currently being detained pending further investigation.
Chief Godfrey would like to express his sincere thanks to the officers of the Appling County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Altamaha Drug Task Force, Baxley Public Works, Appling County E.M.A., and to the citizens of Baxley and Appling County for their assistance with this shooting.
This is in reference to the death of a very loving frien tieasha davis she will be greatly missed by all.her death was.caused by a man that has no morals os a heart he left 3 loving children with out a mom because he couldn't controll her any more so he took her life for his osn selfish reasons
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