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Family mourns Swainsboro homicide

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Swainsboro Police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year. The GBI is also involved, looking for the person who shot and killed 55 year old Nathaniel Johnson in the backyard of his home Wednesday night.

"It's very uncommon for us to have this kind of situation in Swainsboro, Georgia," said Swainsboro Chief Randy Ellison.

 

The retired military man had family and children. Johnson was well liked in the community but lived alone in his home on Mable Avenue.

Swainsboro Police do not believe this was a random act. A family member even said someone attempted to rob Johnson at gunpoint just days prior to his murder.

"He wrestled, got the gun away from the guy because the guy didn't know how to use it," said victim's brother David Johnson.  

This time, that wasn't the case for Johnson and now his family wants answers.

"Justice. Who did it, why did they do it?" said victim's brother Daniel Johnson.

Answers police say may come sooner than later.

"We are on to something as we speak. We feel good about the information we've gotten and we are hoping these next 24 hours to name a suspect," said Chief Ellison.  

Johnson's family asks if anyone has any information to contact the Swainsboro Police Department.

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