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Man killed in gun battle with nephew over stolen fighting rooster

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A Meigs County man is dead after a shootout that started over a stolen rooster. Authorities say the argument started after the man accused his nephew of stealing his prized fighting gamecock.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. on Wednesday in the driveway of a home in the 200 block of Moore Cemetery Road in Decatur. Timothy Johnson, 52, was killed in the gun battle. According to the District Attorney's office, Timothy Johnson's nephew, 28-year-old Larry Johnson, shot his uncle dead.  The nephew, who survived a gunshot to the chest, was airlifted to UT Medical Center and is in critical condition.

According to the DA's office, when Timothy Johnson went to the house to retrieve the rooster, which was unharmed, the argument escalated outside of the home. 
Investigators are still piecing together the case, and are waiting on toxicology reports to come back.

"I didn't know this family, but I'm sure that both sides, the whole family, is hurting," said Sheriff Jackie Melton. 
At this point, no charges have been filed. The Sheriff plans to meet with the District Attorney to discuss taking the case to a grand jury. 

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