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VPD Chief: "Retaliation will not be tolerated"


Valdosta's Police Chief has some tough words for anyone thinking about retaliation after a murder Saturday at a Valdosta apartment complex.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, 18 year-old Brian Levon Charlton-Simmons met up with 37 year-old Rufus Ellis, III in the parking lot of the Park Chase apartment complex.

Police say Simmons shot and killed Ellis.

According to police, the two had been feuding since an argument at a Valdosta night club Thursday night. Chief Brian Childress says retaliation will not be tolerated.

"There will be no retaliation. Because if there is, people will go to jail. It's just that simple. I don't want to come across heavy handed here, but this kind of nonsense is not gonna happen," Childress warned.

Simmons fled to Hamilton County, Florida after the shooting, but he was spotted and arrested by Hamilton County sheriff's deputies around 7 p.m. Saturday.

While the shooting can be traced back to trouble at a club, Chief Childress says that doesn't mean the night spots are dangerous. "No, I do not," said Childress. "I can tell you, we've had good relationships with the night clubs from a police department standpoint. We communicate with them a lot."

He says this murder is not the club's fault. "I don't fault the clubs for this. Each individual person has to take responsibility for their own actions."

And that's precisely why Simmons remains in the Hamilton County jail tonight, waiting to be transferred back to Lowndes County to face murder charges.

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