No charges will be levied in the Aug. 26 shooting death of Christopher “Jake” Montgomery Tulley, Sheriff Graham Atkinson confirmed Wednesday.
“There will be no charges at all related to that case,” he said, “against anybody.”
Tully was killed, according to authorities, while attacking a woman in a domestic dispute. Tully, according to the sheriff’s office, was holding the victim down in the front yard of her Hiatt Road home when the 17-year-old son of the victim shot Tulley and killed him.
Atkinson said the case was turned over to the county’s District Attorney’s Office shortly after the investigation was concluded by Detective Chad Hutchins.
Shortly after the death, the sheriff said it would be up to the prosecutor’s office whether any charges were lodged against the shooter.
The shooting occurred around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, when deputies were called to the scene.
Reporting the incident, the caller stated that the shooting was the result of a domestic assault in which she was the victim.
Upon arrival, officers with the sheriff’s office discovered Tulley, 41, dead of a single shotgun blast to the back of his head.
Investigators were informed that there had been a violent domestic assault at the home during which the female who reported the incident had been assaulted by Tulley.
“A third party at the home had witnessed the assault and tried unsuccessfully to intervene,” Atkinson said.
After being unable to stop the assault and fearing that the female would be killed, the third party shot Tulley once in the back of the head with a .410-gauge shotgun.
Atkinson confirmed later that the third party was the son of the female victim, and is 17 years old.
Atkinson said he is not releasing the names of either the assault victim or the shooter.
“It looks like there was a pretty violent domestic assault going on,” he said a couple of days after the shooting. “The female was being choked and the 17-year-old tried to intervene and was unsuccessful.
“(The juvenile) ended up getting the gun and shooting him in the back of the head.”
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