FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Sheriff and GBI Investigating Shooting Death on Self Lake Road
Sheriff Mitch Ralston Reports:
At about 11: 50 a.m. yesterday (February 24), deputy sheriffs and other emergency personnel were dispatched to 1815 Self Lake Road in response to a report of a man having been found dead. The man’s family had initially found his body and called 911. Sheriff’s deputies and detectives located the body of a 53 year old white/male, subsequently identified as one Joseph Ledford, deceased after having suffered an apparent gunshot wound. A witness was also located at the scene and was subsequently questioned at the Sheriff’s Office. Agents from the the Region 1 Office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) were summoned to the scene to assist the Sheriff’s Office personnel. Detectives and GBI agents spent several hours at the home collecting physical evidence and interviewing potential witnesses. Investigating officers recovered the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting, and the victim’s body was removed by ambulance to be taken to the State Crime Laboratory in Decatur, Georgia to undergo a post-mortem examination. No fugitives are being sought in connection to this incident at this time, but as the circumstances surrounding this event were questionable, the investigation is still active.