Man shot outside of home

CONYERS - An ongoing dispute among neighbors in the Olde Salem Township subdivsion near the Rockdale/Newton County line turned deadly Monday morning.

Arthur James Threat, 39, was shot in the face while standing on the sidewalk in front of his house.

Sgt. Jodi Shupe, spokeswoman for the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, said Threat and a neighbor, Bobby Frank Gordon, were apparently arguing outside the victim's home at 3301 Coach House Way, when the suspect pulled a 38-caliber revolver and shot Threat.

The victim's wife called 911 about 9:30 Monday morning to report the shooting.

Investigators found the suspect in his residence across the road at 3401 Charter Court. He was taken into custody and charged with murder and aggravated assault.

"Early investigation has revealed that there has been an ongoing dispute between the suspect and the victim regarding the victim's dog and various other matters that have been unresolved," Shupe said in a press release Monday. "In the past there have been Magistrate (Court) hearings regarding the victim's dog. However, it is unknown at this time what the disagreement was about this morning."

She said that the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has responded to several calls at the location since 2005 for various complaints.

Witnesses at the scene told investigators the two had a history of arguing. The two fought recently, one man said, over the number of cars parked along the road during a graduation party.

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.