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Police: Son called 911 after fatally shooting father

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Updated: 5/30/2013 9:14 am
HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Police questioned the man they said killed his own father inside an auto parts shop Wednesday night.

Investigators said John Wesley Morgan, 79, got into a disagreement with his son, John Wesley Morgan, Jr. inside the Stockbridge business and the son fatally shot his father.

Morgan, Jr., in his late 40s, talked to detectives Wednesday night about why he shot his father several times and killed him.

One witness told WSB's Tony Thomas it came out of the blue.

"He was a good man," said David Gentry, talking about Morgan, who he said he worked for for about 20 years.

Gentry was one of several workers and family members inside Morgan Auto Parts when police said one of Morgan's son's shot and killed him.

"Did you hear anything?" Thomas asked Gentry.

"I just heard shots, that's all," Gentry replied. "They are good people. I don't know what snapped him or whatever."

Henry County police said they were called to the business by a 911 call made by the same son who fired the shots.

News Chopper 2 arrived a short time later as officers searched the property. Investigators said the older Morgan's body was behind the business, shot several times.

"The shooter was actually located inside the garage area sitting at the desk. Officers encountered him ordered him to the ground and he complied," said Maj. Jason Bolton with the Henry County Police Department.

Thomas watched into the evening as investigators served a search warrant, gathering more evidence in the case.

Investigators told Thomas they recovered the weapon and spent hours interviewing several witnesses along with the shooter himself.

"He is being cooperative and he is willing to talk to detectives and tell them what occurred," Bolton said.

"I don't know anything about what sparked it, I just work here, I've been working for the man for years," Gentry said. "He's always been a good man to me."

Authorities have charged Morgan, Jr. with murder. None of the family members at the scene wanted to talk about the situation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this article

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