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New Details in Weekend Shooting of Attorney in Martinez; Suspect Confesses to Pulling Gun for Intimidation


The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has released new details in Saturday’s shooting of a real estate attorney in Martinez.

Robert Burton McDonald, 56, of Evans, was shot Saturday morning at 119 Davis Road in Martinez.

Jshanine Barish, 22, of Keysville., Ga., has been charged with aggravated assault x2, false imprisonment and weapon possession.

Here is the deputy’s unedited narrative from his report:

“I responded to 119 Davis Rd in reference to reports of a shooting. While enroute deputies were advised that the white female shooter had gone and sat in a small blue passenger car. When I arrived on scene I located a blue Ford Focus with a white female in the driver’s seat. I ordered the occupant out of the car and took them into custody.

“The female, identified as Jshanine Barish, was placed in the rear of my patrol vehicle and in the presence of Dep. Beauford was read the Miranda Warning. Mrs. Barish stated that she understood her rights and wished to speak with me.

“I asked Mrs. Barish what happened and she stated that she met Robert Mcdonald in the parking lot of Mr. Mcdonald`s office building. Mrs. Barish stated that they went into the lobby of the office building where an argument ensued over a real estate property Mr . Mcdonald is the attorney for. Mrs. Barish stated that she pulled a handgun from her pocket in an attempt to intimidate Mr. Mcdonald at which point he rushed her and a struggle ensued over the firearm. During this struggle the gun went off striking Mr. Mcdonald. Ms. Barish stated that after the gun went off both Mr. Mcdonald and her ran out of the office building.

“Due to the seriousness of the situation on call investigators were requested with investigator Gaston, Investigator Bao and SSgt. Whittle responding.”

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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