Friends ask, "How did it get to this?" after Chickamauga shooting death

Saturday, GBI agents spent conducted an investigation at 1009 Hood Ave. in Chickamauga. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE: On Monday, Wooten was suspended without pay from the Walker County Sheriff's Department.


Members of the Chickamauga community are shocked - after an alleged murder this weekend. The GBI says a father shot and killed his own son Saturday. Pat Wooten is charged with malice murder after the GBI says he killed his son, Lance Wooten.

Nathan Cook says he went to Gordon Lee High School with Lance, and also knew Pat. Cook says he and Lance played football together. Pat was their coach.

"Great people," said Nathan Cook.

It came as a shock when Cook learned Pat was charged with malice murder in Lance's death Saturday. Cook says Lance was also a dad, to a little girl.

"I hurt for both," said Cook. "Because Lance was Pat and Judy's only son. And not only have you lots your son, you've lost a father and husband."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Chickmauga Police got a call just before noon Saturday.

When they arrived to this home on Hood Avenue, they found Lance dead - and shot in his chest.

"Everything that happened yesterday - is just heartbroken," said Cook.

According to the GBI, Pat is an officer at the Walker County Detention Center. He used to be a Chickamauga Police Officer. Now he's on the other side of the law at the Catoosa County jail.

"I think that's the biggest question - is how did it get to this?" said Cook.

Investigatiors haven't said -what happened in the moments before the shooting. Cook isn't sure he wants to know.

"I even told my mom last night, I was like - I could probably care less what happened because it makes me almost sick to my stomach that it came it this," said Cook.

GBI agents tell us Lance's official autopsy report will be available in about two months. We asked the Walker County Sheriff about the status of Pat's job at the detention center and his history in the department - we're still waiting to hear back.

This is a developing story. Depend on us to update you as we learn more.

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