On August 31, 2020, Douglas County Sheriffs Office patrol units were dispatched to a call of a person who was shot at I-20 and Lee Road in Lithia Springs, GA. Deputies responded and met with the victim who suffered gunshot wounds in the incident. The victim stated he was traveling west bound on I-20 between Thornton Road and Lee Road when a silver pickup truck approached his vehicle from behind flashing the bright lights at the victim. The victim exited to Lee Road whereas the suspect vehicle followed, and pulled up beside the victim. Without warning, an occupant of the silver truck shouted obscenities at the victim and then fired rounds into the victim’s vehicle striking him twice. The suspect truck then fled onto I-20 east.
The victim was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect vehicle and occupant information to deputies and investigators on the scene. A thorough investigation ultimately led to suspect Turan Rogers Melton, 25 years-of-age from Mableton, GA.
On October 2, 2020, Investigators executed a search warrant on the residence of Turan Melton where he was arrested and his 2010 Chevrolet Silverado truck was seized as evidence. Turan Melton is currently charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and criminal attempt to commit murder. His initial court appearance was held on Oct. 5, 2020, and Melton is currently being held at the Douglas County Jail without bond. Melton is also a suspect in several other shootings around the Metro-Atlanta area.