Arrest Made in Morning Shooting

Officials said there are allegations of domestic violence between the victim and the shooter's daughter.

Updated: 2:20 p.m.

Tony McDowell, 47, of Woodstock was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after shooting his son-in-law Kamoana Hopeau, 30, of Blue Ridge this morning.

Hopeau has been discharged from after being treated for a gunshot wound to the back, said Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

McDowell is in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center without bond.

Updated: 11:50 a.m.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the back and ran to a nearby police officer for help this morning, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Kamoana Hopeau of Blue Ridge went to his in-laws' house at 2013 Bascomb Carmel Road to retreive his child at approximately 7:30 a.m., said Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

An altercation between Hopeau and his father-in-law, Tony McDowell, 47, of Woodstock, ensued and McDowell shot Hopeau with a small caliber handgun, Baker said.

Hopeau ran up to a 's patrol car that was conducting a traffic stop near Highway 92 and Lovejoy Lane and was then transported to  with non-life threatening injuries.

McDowell is being questioned by detectives, but no charges have been filed as the case remains under investigation.

Baker said there are allegations of domestic violence between Hopeau and McDowell’s daughter.

Check back with Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch for more updates.

F. Greg March 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I wish the real truth was reported on these types of incidents..Mr. McDowell was protecting his life and the life of his family when his Son-In-Law, high on Meth, showed up to finish the abuse he had started on Sunday. He had been stalking Mr. McDowell's home since Monday night looking for his wife and kids, that he had just beat severely, who had fled and were in hiding in fear for their lives. What is wrong with this country when a man is charged for protecting his family...For leading a good Christian life..Standing on his own property..trying to defend his life from an abusive Meth addict? I think Mr. McDowell deserves a standing ovation. If someone had beat my child and came to my house threatning my life and my kids and grandkids lives, I would shoot him too. Regardsless of where the bullet landed....this man needs to be rewarded for his bravery..not charged with a crime. My prayers go out to Mr. McDowell and his family. I pray that our court system sees the travesty here and who the true victims where in this situation...I WAS NOT Kamoana Hopeau! God Bless! A concerend American..


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