Rome Police: Suspect in Aug. 17 murder of Rome man surrenders at the Floyd County Jail; Atwater was wanted on homicide, aggravated assault counts.

Rome Police: Suspect in Aug. 17 murder of Rome man surrenders at the Floyd County Jail; Atwater was wanted on homicide, aggravated assault counts.

 

From Rome Police:

Joe Paul Atwater turned himself in to the Floyd County Jail late last night on his murder warrant.

From Floyd County Jail:

Atwater, 19, of Rome is being held without bond on charges of murder and aggravated assault. There’s also an additional hold for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

Background:

Aug. 17: The Rome Police Department is investigating the shooting of Jonathan Lynn Hull, 26, of a Walnut Avenue address in Rome. On Aug. 17, 2019,  at 5:27 p.m.,  a “shots fired” call was reported outside an apartment complex at 3 Cliff View Drive off Chateau Drive in Rome. Hull was found at the scene; warrants were later issued for the arrest of Atwater.


From Aug.  21

Tuesday morning, Rome Police issued new mugshot of murder suspect Joe Paul Atwater, 18, of Rome. Police say the photograph was “recently acquired.” The media release adds this note:

“If you see Mr. Atwater, please contact 911 immediately. He has active murder warrants and should be considered armed and dangerous.”

Atwater, of a Chambers Street address, is described as  5 feet 9 inches and weighing 185 pounds.


Services set for Jonathan Lynn Hull, 26, of Walnut Avenue who was killed Saturday afternoon in a shooting in East Rome. Hull was a graduate of Rome High School and former classmates are filling social media platforms today with notes of sorrow and support.

There will be a Funeral Mass for Mr. Hull on Monday, Aug, 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. with Father Rafael Carballo officiating. Interment will follow at Floyd Memory Garden. Daniel’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. We’ll post a separate announcement in Thursday’s obituaries.

Rome Police have warrants out for the arrest Joe Paul Atwater on charges of aggravated assault and felony murder.

 

Monday morning: The manhunt for Joe Paul Atwater continues.

Sunday morning: 

Media release: The Rome Police Department is investigating the shooting of Jonathan Lynn Hull, 26, of a Walnut Avenue address in Rome. On Aug. 17, 2019,  at 5:27 p.m.,  a “shots fired” call was reported outside an apartment complex at 3 Cliff View Drive off Chateau Drive in Rome.

A black male was found outside the building and a resident began first aid measures and alerted responding personnel that it was an actual shooting at the location. The victim was transported to Floyd Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. The victim will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab awaiting an autopsy.

The incident is under investigation at this time by the Rome Police Department to determine the cause for the altercation.

The suspect has been identified as Joe Paul Atwater,  18, of Chambers Street in Rome. Atwater’s location is not known at this time. He is considered dangerous. Warrants have been issued for aggravated assault and felony murder.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Rome Police Department Criminal Investigation Division. If you have a location of the suspect, call 911 immediately.

 

Late Saturday:

Rome Police are searching for a suspect(s) in the shooting dead of 26-year-old Jonathan Hull of Rome.

According to Lt. John Walters with Rome City Police, a shots fired call came into E-911 around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at an apartment complex at 3 Cliff View Drive. A woman who lived at the complex found the victim shot on her front porch and began CPR until first responders arrived. The victim did not permanently reside at the house, but did stay there on occasion with a relative who lives in the complex. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Walters says they are following a few leads, but have little information on a potential suspect at this time. They are searching for a black SUV with a broken tail light that was seen in the area, but they do not know if it is connected to the case at this time.

If anyone has any information on the case, please contact Investigator Corey Bowers at 706-238-5111 or email at cbowers@romepolice.com.

Previous report:

Floyd County Deputy Coroner Brent Whatley confirms one man has been killed in a shooting incident at 3 Cliff View Drive in Rome on Saturday afternoon. The victim has been identified as Jonathan Hull, 26, of a Rome address. He was pronounced dead at Floyd Medical Center from gunshot wounds. His body will be sent to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy.

This is the second murder within the City of Rome in 2019. Wallace Junior Chambers, Jr. has been indicted on murder charges in the May 30th shooting death of 74-year-old Johnny Lewis Price on Rome. He was shot following an altercation in the 500 block of Hardy Avenue. Background

 

 

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