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Augusta Killer Wanted for Norris Lane Shooting


An Augusta killer is on the loose after a Sunday night killing on Norris Lane, authorities said.

Walter L. Johnson, 60, of Norris Lane (pictured), is wanted for murder in the shooting death of 50-year-old Marion Utley.

Officers responded to a shooting on Norris Lane off of 12th Street about 8 p.m. Sunday. The victim was found lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced deceased at the scene, sheriff’s Sgt. Glen Rahn said in a press release.

The shooting happened after the suspect and victim had a verbal altercation.

“Johnson was seen leaving the scene walking north bound on 12th Street,” Sgt. Rahn said. “Johnson is to be considered armed and dangerous.”

Warrants are being obtained for Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at 706-821-1080 or 706-821-1020. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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