Deputies investigate shooting death near West Point

Andy Simmons Staff Writer

January 2, 2014

Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a shooting death this morning.

According to a report from the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call at about 2 a.m. today on Baughs Cross Road in West Point. Investigators found Joseph E. Howard, 44, of West Point, dead at the location.

“He was found by a family member and had a gunshot wound,” said Capt. Mike Caldwell of the Troup County Sheriff’s office. “Hopefully we’ll have some more information within the next 48 hours.”

Howard was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for additional forensic analysis. The investigation is ongoing.