Accused killer arrested in Beech Island

By: Kate Tillotson
By: Kate Tillotson

Neighbors of a man shot and killed are asking for more police presence on their street, as the search for a killer comes to an end in Beech Island.

Robert Poole of Beech Island was killed Thursday, April 27. The gunman, investigators say, was 31-year-old Lee Freeman of Augusta.

Freeman was the target of a five hour-long search after he fled the scene of the shooting.

Just before 7 o'clock Thursday, freeman was spotted on Urquhart Drive. He was arrested and offered no resistance.

A power play search lasted through the afternoon as police pursued a man who shot and killed a man on Caprice Lane.

At 2:10 deputies found the victim lying face down in his driveway. They say the suspect then fled on foot and possibly into the woods.

"There's a lot of farmland, he could have gone way out," says neighbor Melissa Vanderhoff. She left her home so fast her kids didn't have time to get their shoes.

"It was a very scary, weird sight. I felt like we were in a fiction movie or something," says neighbor Annie Young.

And for three hours, police continued hunting their main character. They combed every inch from Louise Drive to Highway 125.

It's believed both the victim and the suspect had a working relationship.

"It's our understanding that the subject we're seeking is a carpenter of some sort and the reason he was at the house was to do some carpentry work on the back porch," Lt. Frank says.

Meanwhile, the victim's neighbors are left wondering just how safe their street really is.

"I just pray things get better and people don't do this type of thing," Young says.

"We need some help. We need Aiken County riding through. A lot of help," says Vanderhoff.

Lee Freeman has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
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