A Troubled Home: How escalating problems turned deadly in Macon neighborhood

Neighbors spent months calling Bibb deputies before a fatal shooting at a Lizella home in July. The sheriff's office said there's nothing they could have done to prevent it.

Investigating calls made to Briar Creek Trail WMAZ

Neighbors spent months calling the Bibb County Sheriff's Office about problems at this house.

Deputies were called to 156 Briar Creek Trail 19 times, to be exact, between May 13 and July 17.

The Lizella home was well known to Bibb County deputies and dreaded by several of the people who live near it.

Within those dozens of 911 calls to the house, one now stands out as prophetic.

"They've been shooting guns for two hours and I haven't seen any police ... I hope no one gets killed," the caller told a 911 dispatcher.

911 Call: "Now they're shooting off rounds ... I hope nobody gets killed"

911 call about shooting at Nettles' home WMAZ

Someone was eventually killed there one on July 12. A 16-year-old Bibb County boy was shot dead at the house during an alleged gun swap gone wrong, according to the sheriff's office.

No one has been charged in the death of Chase Gillis who reportedly showed up at the house looking to trade a Glock pistol for an AR-15.

Logan Nettles, 19, a resident at the home, was there when Gillis died along with a third man, 23-year-old David Billingsley.

Billingsley is the one who reportedly shot the teen alleging it was in self defense after Gillis held a gun to his head, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Five days after the homicide, deputies were back at the home. This time it was for a domestic disturbance between Nettles and his father, Clint Nettles.

According to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office incident report, Clint Nettles and his son got into a fight after the 19-year-old took his father's cell phone, cigarettes, and lighter.

The incident report states Logan Nettles hit his father upside the head a couple of times with a gun causing him to bleed and bruise and telling him, "Next time, I will kill you."

Logan Nettles remained in the Bibb County jail Thursday on $8,450 bond charged with aggravated assault family violence.

911 Call: "... my son put his hands on me"

911 call from neighbor about Nettles' home (1) WMAZ

Neighbors spend months pleading for help before teen's death

In the months leading up to Gillis's death, neighbors called the Bibb County Sheriff's Office dozens of times for help. Several of the calls were for people firing guns at the home.

During their pleas for help, some of the callers voiced their frustration with the lack of help from Bibb deputies.

"I called twice yesterday once today," said one of the 911 callers who was reporting shots fired at the home. "I don't know why this can't be stopped."

Another frightened caller - who was also reporting gunfire told the dispatcher, "I'm scared to live in my own home."

911 Call: "They're shooting again ... I don't know why this can't be stopped" 

911 call from neighbor about Nettles' home (2) WMAZ

911 Call: "I don't know what they're shooting. They do this all the time"

911 call from neighbor about Nettles' home (3) WMAZ

 

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911 call from father about Nettles' home WMAZ

Bibb County Sheriff's Office: "We did all we can do"

Maj. Eric Walker of the Patrol Division at the Bibb County Sheriff's Office was asked about the sheriff's office response to the dozens of calls at 156 Briar Creek Trail

Walker says they did all they can do in the months leading up to that fatal shooting.

According to their records, deputies were called to the home nine times in the previous three months for reports of loud noise and shots fired.

All 9 times, deputies reported that they arrived at the scene but didn't talk to anyone at the house or take any further action.

156 Briar Creek Trail 911 Call History:

  • May 13, 2016 – Fight/Disorderly Conduct  
  • October 27, 2016 – Trespassing 
  • October 30, 2016 – Burglary 
  • January 8, 2017 – Fight/ Disorderly Conduct 
  • February 14, 2017 – Suspicious Vehicle
  • February 15, 2017 – Domestic Disturbance
  • March 1, 2017 – Shots Fired (Caller did not want to make contact)
  • March 8, 2017 – Shots Fired (Check for shots fired)
  • March 8, 2017 – Shots Fired –(Check for shots fired)
  • April 6, 2017 – Noise Complaint – (Check for subjects riding dirt bikes)
  • April 10, 2017 – Noise Complaint – (Check for loud music)
  • April 11, 2017 – Noise Complaint – (Check for loud and possible drug activity)
  • April 30, 2017 – Shots Fired – (Check for shots fired in area)
  • May 6, 2017 – Shots Fired – (Check for shots fired)
  • May 7, 2017 – Shots Fired – (Check for shots fired)
  • May 25, 2017 – Theft – (Reference to a theft of a gun)
  • May 25, 2017 – Police Services – (Reference to Child Abuse)
  • July 12, 2017 – Homicide (Shooting)
  • July 17, 2017 – Domestic Disturbance – (Domestic between Clint Nettles and Logan Nettles)

"It's a little higher than normal," Walker said about the frequency of calls to the Briar Creek Trail home, "but a lot of times when we have an area where there are a lot of calls for service come in, we try to put a deputy to ride the area a little bit more.

"Those shots fired calls, they could be gun enthusiasts and like to go gun target shooting in that backyard,” Walker said adding that that activity is illegal.

Because of the number of calls to the home, the sheriff's office beefed up patrols in the neighborhood, Walker said.

“We'll send a deputy out, they'll drop the windows in the car and try to listen out and sit there a few minutes ... see what they can hear," Walker said adding that they'll also asked people who are outside if they heard any gunfire.

As for doing anything to prevent the eventual shooting death at the home, Walker said officers would have to be psychic to do that.

“It's hard to know what someone's contemplating in their mind. If the law enforcement were psychic, it would be nice because we'd know what a crook was going to do or a violent person was going to do, and there is no way to anticipate that,” he said.

911 Call: "A story is unfolding on TV about a shooting. I need to know my boy is OK"

911 call from mother about Nettles' home WMAZ

 

Logan Nettles, 19, of Lizella appeared before a Bibb County magistrate judge Wednesday. He charged with aggravated assault. WMAZ

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