According to reports, Jimmy Dewayne “Bo” Smith, 34, of 1407 McFarland Ave., forced his way into the residence of his ex-wife, Linda McDougal Smith, at 75 Bell Court, Chickamauga, where she was accompanied by a male com-panion.
Smith forced his way into the house through the back door. The compan-ion attempted to exit the front door but could not unlock the deadbolt in time. He turned and fired one shot from his handgun, a .45-caliber Ruger, fatally striking Smith in the head.
McDougal Smith called 911 at 1:25 a.m. alerting police her ex-husband called to threaten her and he was intoxicated, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said. Deputies went to the scene and patrolled for about an hour but never saw Smith.
At 3:12 a.m., McDougal’s companion called 911 again, saying Smith was coming up the driveway, Wilson said. There was noise in the background that sounded like the back door being kicked in, then the phone went dead.
Moments later, McDougal’s companion called 911 a third time, reporting that he shot Smith.
“The shooting weapon belonged to the shooter,” Wilson said. “It was his personal weapon and he did have a permit for it.”
Wilson said the shooting is considered domestic-related.
“Our investigation seems to indicate, at this time, that the shooting was in self-defense based upon the evidence that we found at the scene, based upon the aggression of the victim breaking into the home, the previous calls, and the previous history,” Wilson said.
There was a history of aggression between Jimmy Smith and his ex-wife, who were divorced in August, Wilson said. McDougal Smith filed six reports against her ex-husband since April 1, or four months before their divorce.
Three weeks ago, Smith had called threatening to commit suicide if they couldn’t “patch things back up,” Wilson said. Soon after the call, Smith crashed his Jeep into a tree.
“Apparently he had been stalking her,” Wilson said. “She (McDougal Smith) had actually sought and received a temporary protective order.”
As of Monday morning, Nov. 26, no charges were filed, and the shooter’s name had not been released.
Walker County Sheriff’s Department is working with GBI on the case.
The case is not closed, the sheriff said. District Attorney Buzz Franklin will review the case file and make the final decision on charges, he said