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A convicted Georgia felon with a ‘long criminal record’ was on parole when he allegedly shot and killed his neighbor during an argument over the weekend, according to local police officials.
Lamarion Sharod Banks, 35, of Griffin, Georgia, part of the Atlanta metro area, was on active probation at the time of his arrest Friday for the murder of Rafaeil Thomas, 46.
The Griffin Police Department said in a statement that officers responded around 7 p.m. to the 100 block of West Tinsley Street to calls about a shot person. Upon arrival, they discovered that Thomas had been shot in the upper body and he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries.
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Witnesses told police that Thomas and Banks had an argument before the shooting, although investigators are still investigating the potential motive. Police obtained a search warrant for Banks’ address a few doors down the same street, where they found a 9mm handgun with the same type and brand of ammunition recovered from the scene of the shooting, according to the department.
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Banks was arrested and charged with malicious murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, FOX reported. 5 Atlanta.