Grand Jury declines to indict shooting suspect who claimed self-defense
The matter involved a fatal shooting in a road rage case last fall in Catoosa County
RINGGOLD, Georgia (WDEF) – A grand jury declined to indict a man in a road rage incident last fall that ended in a fatal shooting.
The shooting happened last September on Elm Avenue next to the Catoosa County sports complex off of I-75.
Jack Chandler Pedigo was found shot in his vehicle.
Deputies took a man into custody but did not charge him.
The case was presented to the Catoosa County Grand Jury this week and they declined to prosecute him.
He said he shot Pedigo in self-defense, saying he feared for his life because of a road rage confrontation.
District Attorney Chris Arnt says he cannot reveal details of the Grand Jury’s deliberation.
But he did say their job was to determine if any Georgia criminal laws had been violated.
And, clearly, they did not.
“This is a tragic case for everyone involved in this matter,” said Arnt.
“I have met with Mr. Pedigo’s family to discuss the matter, and they are heartbroken over the loss of their loved one. While this is a terrible situation, Georgia’s self-defense laws are very clear.
Arnt goes on to say the law requires that a prosecutor must be able to answer two questions.
Did the shooter initiate the confrontation?
Did he believe his life or others was in imminent danger due to the behavior of the deceased.
It’s up to the jury to determine if the person was right to believe that or not.
“My office presented the facts and evidence to the Grand Jury and they made their decision,” said Arnt.
“Despite the limitations I have in providing more information to the public about this matter, it’s important for the community to know that I take each of these situations seriously and I address them without fear or favor.”