Thomasville police close shooting probe

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 05:25 PM

Thomasville police have closed the investigation into a January shooting that left one man dead.

Police officers have arrested Clifton Gregory Dennis, 56, of 211 Pine St., and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Jan. 19, police responded to the residence in reference to a shooting. Once on the scene, they found David Rayvon Braswell dead from a gunshot wound, according to police reports.
“Dennis turned himself in by notifying the Randolph County Sheriff’s office of his location and where we could meet him,” said Detective Steven Currie. “With the exception of the prosecution for the possession of a firearm charge, the case is pretty much closed. The families of Dennis and Braswell were informed and have been advised of the district attorney’s decision.”
Police said the investigation showed Braswell was physically assaulting his girlfriend when her father, Dennis, shot Braswell with a .22 rifle. Thomasville detectives, in cooperation with the Davidson County District Attorney’s office, have concluded that the actions taken by Dennis were justified as self-defense or the defense of others. They will not be filing charges against Dennis in the shooting.
“State law says that an individual may use deadly force to protect themselves or a third party from what they reasonably believe is an imminent threat or serious injury,” Currie said. “After reviewing witness statements, the physical evidence that was at the scene and interviewing Dennis, the district attorney’s office determined that it did meet the criteria of self defense.”
Dennis received a $50,000 secured bond and currently is in the Davidson County Jail.
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