Arrest made in Bleakley Street fatal shooting

Published: Nov. 19, 2023 at 10:53 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A suspect has been arrested on multiple charges following the fatal shooting on Bleakley Street that killed a man on November 11.

On Sunday, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the arrest of 33-year-old Anthony Orlando Jones in reference to a fatal shooting incident on Bleakley Street just a week before.

The shooting happened on Saturday, November 11 when officers responded to the 1500 block of Bleakley Street at 1:22 a.m. in reference to a homicide.

Deputies say they found Irvin shot at least one time.

Coroner Mark Bowen confirmed the victim to be 50-year-old Charles Irvin, who was pronounced dead at 2 a.m. after being taken to Wellstar-MCG Emergency Room by ambulance.

Now, Anthony Jones is being held on charges including: possession of firearm by convicted felons, possession of firearm or knife during crime, kidnapping, felony home invasion in the first degree, battery and murder.

The victims sister told us she would do anything to be able to hug her brother one more time.

“He was just with me. He was just with me Thursday,” said Joyce Monfort, Irvin’s sister.

She says her family has lived on Bleakley Street for at least 20 years.

“They ain’t ever had anything happen like that in their neighborhood before. And all the years my momma lived there we ain’t never had a problem like that. Nobody kicking a door in and shooting nobody,” she said.

She remembers her brother as someone who was thoughtful and looked out for their family.

“There wasn’t nothing he wouldn’t do for me. It wasn’t only me. He loved his children the same way, all the kids in the family,” said Monfort.

Making the loss even more difficult.

“He said ‘sister’, I said ‘what’ and he said ‘Charles gone’, and I said ‘gone where?’ and my boyfriend said I screamed and passed out. And then he put in the GPS and had to take me to the nearest emergency room to get help,” she said.

Now they are holding onto their memories with him.

“You don’t know what it feels like until they take your loved one like that, it hurts so bad. I can’t sleep at night I ask God before I go to sleep to let me dream about him,” she said.

Even though there was an arrest in the case, they are still worried justice won’t follow suit.

“I just can’t believe the life has left his body. He’s gone and he’s never coming back,” she said.