Police: Covington man charged with shooting man near Canton car dealership

Cherokee Tribune
Cherokee Tribune
Kevon Duffus Cherokee Sheriff's Office

Updated 6:22 p.m. Wednesday:

A Covington man has been charged with shooting and injuring another man Wednesday near a car dealership in Canton, police announced.

According to Canton Police Department, officers responded to the Shottenkirk Hyundai on Liberty Boulevard at 1:08 p.m. Wednesday in reference to gunshots being fired.

An officer spotted a vehicle parked on the side of Liberty Boulevard that matched the description of a vehicle involved in the original dispatch. Inside the vehicle, an officer found a man who appeared to have a gunshot wound to his leg and a female who was unharmed.

The officer performed life-saving techniques, including applying a tourniquet to the man’s leg, police said.

The injured man, Uriah Tyrek James, age 24, of Douglasville, was transported to a local hospital, where late Wednesday afternoon he was conscious and alert, according to Canton police.

Investigators determined the injured man had been in an argument with another man at the original dispatch location, when gunshots were fired.

Kevon Phillip Duffus, age 30 of Covington, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting. He was booked into the Cherokee County jail.

The involved parties are not employees or customers of Shottenkirk Hyundai; police are still researching the nature of the parties’ relationship.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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