Gilmer County Shooting Death

July 11, 2017

Ellijay, GA – On Saturday, July 8, 2017 at approximately 6:00 PM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a death investigation.  At approximately 5:37 PM, a 911 call for assistance in reference to a shooting was made by a resident of 158 River Lodge Drive Ellijay, Georgia.  Deputies responded to the scene where they found Richard Thomas Danley, 53, of Ellijay, deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.  Douglas Edwin Pritchett, 43, of Ellijay, was identified as the shooter.  Pritchett was ultimately arrested on one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault.  The autopsy for Danley is scheduled for Thursday, July 13, 2017.  This investigation is ongoing. 


Kimberly Williams - Special Agent in Charge | Cleveland | 706-348-4866