UPDATE | Services set for Jordan Middleton

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Services have been set for a Columbia County teen who was shot after deputies say he tried sneaking into a home to visit a teen girl, and her father thought he was a robber.

The service will be Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College.

The viewing will be Saturday at the chapel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Gardens.


Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

4:10 p.m.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Columbia County Coroner's Office has rule the death of a 17-year-old a homicide.

Coroner Vernon Collins said Jordan Middleton died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

According to the incident report, deputies responded to the Coventry Avenue home on Feb. 25 in reference to a shooting and possible burglary.

When deputies arrived around 2:55 a.m., they observed 49-year-old Dereck Fulton attempting to perform CPR on 17-year-old Jordan Middleton.

When deputies removed everyone from the house, they found an apparent gunshot wound in the upper left torso on Middleton. The firearm used to shoot Middleton was on the kitchen counter, which investigators said Fulton had already unloaded.

9:53 a.m.

The investigation continues into a shooting in Grovetown that left a 17-year-old dead after he reportedly entered a girl's home to visit her and was shot by her father.

According to the incident report, deputies responded to the Coventry Avenue home on Feb. 25 in reference to a shooting and possible burglary.

When deputies arrived around 2:55 a.m., they observed 49-year-old Dereck Fulton attempting to perform CPR on 17-year-old Jordan Middleton.

When deputies removed everyone from the house, they found an apparent gunshot wound in the upper left torso on Middleton. The firearm used to shoot Middleton was on the kitchen counter, which investigators said Fulton had already unloaded.

Fulton told investigators that his dog began barking, so he grabbed his gun and yelled for anyone in the house to come out. Fulton said when he checked the closet in the guest bedroom, a black male ran out towards him.

According to the incident report, Fulton then fired one round to defend himself and the man ran and fell in the dining room. Fulton later learned the man was his daughter's friend, Middleton.

The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed in the case at this time.



Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A teen girl who deputies say Jordan Middleton snuck in to see before being shot by her father was not in the room at the time of the shooting.

According to Maj. Steve Morris with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the daughter was upstairs at the time of the shooting and not down in the guest room where the incident took place.

When deputies arrived at the home, the father was performing CPR on 17-year-old Jordan Middleton.

It happened around 2:30 Saturday morning on the 700 block of Coventry Ave. in Grovetown. Deputies say they received a call about a burglary and a suspect shot in the chest.

An autopsy will be performed on Middleton on Monday.



Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- 17-year-old Jordan Middleton is dead after deputies say he tried sneaking into a home to visit a teen girl, and was shot by her father.

It happened around 2:30 Saturday morning on the 700 block of Coventry Ave. in Grovetown. Deputies say they received a call about a burglary and a suspect shot in the chest.

Deputies say Middleton went to a home to see a 14-year-old girl. The teenage girl reportedly brought him into the home without her parents knowledge.

The girl's father, Dereck Fulton, heard a noise and went to see what was happening. The father grabbed his handgun and began to investigate.

The family dog began barking loudly at the guest room door. Deputies say the father said loudly that he was armed and the intruder needs to come out. The dog continued to bark aggressively toward to guest room door.

As the father entered the guest room, deputies say Middleton ran out of the closet and Fulton fired one shot and hit Middleton in the chest.

No charges have been filed. We will continue to update you with more details as they come.