A 20-year-old Thomson man is now jailed and charged with murder in the death of 41-year-old Jesse Brown, on Sills Street over the weekend. At press time Tuesday, no bond had been set. Twaquavious Laquan Harris, of an address in the 400 block of Pecan Alley, has been charged with murder and possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies. The Thomson Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation asked for the public’s assistance in locating Harris midday Monday. About 2:30 p.m. Harris entered the McDuffie County Jail accompanied by two women and turned himself in. Police responded to the a report of a person having been shot outside a Sills Street home New Year’s Day night. Officers found Brown wounded and McDuffie County EMS transported him to University McDuffie Hospital. According to McDuffie County Coroner Paul Johnson, Brown was pronounced dead at 11:10
p.m. at the hospital. Sgt. Robert Brown, an investigator with the Thomson Police Department, said the shooting happened during a fight in the yard of the Sills Street home. “There was a gathering at the house. An argument ensued and then shots were fired,” said Brown. The investigator said multiple shots were fired from a handgun and casings were recovered as evidence. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting police with the case and responded to process the crime scene. Sgt. Brown said the autopsy, which was scheduled for Tuesday, will reveal how many times the victim was shot. A car nearby was damaged, but the investigator said that damage may have been done by an ejected casing. “EMS transported Mr. Brown to McDuffie ER and that is where he was pronounced dead. He was alive when he left us,” Sgt. Brown said. The investigator said he did not yet know how many people were at the location when Brown was shot. Eight cars remained at the scene after the shooting and three belonged to residents of the home. After the shooting, there were six to eight people still at the scene. Jessie Brown worked for McDuffie County. Harris, according to Sgt. Brown. Harris had no previous arrest history, according to the investigator.