Walker Co. Sheriff's Office employee fired after indictment charges of murdering his son

Court documents show father and son had history physical fights before deadly shooting (Photo: WTVC)

The Walker County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) tells NewsChannel 9 that employee Patrick Ray Wooten, who has been indicted in the 2017 murder of his own son, was fired earlier this month.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged Wooten back in 2017 with the murder of his own son Lance and he was suspended without pay.

Wooten's firing came after an indictment by a Walker County Grand Jury in January.

Wooten was indicted by a grand jury on a malice murder charge back in early January and was fired by Sheriff Steve Wilson shortly after.

Wooten was a Chickamauga police officer at the time of the murder, and worked at the Walker County detention center as an officer.

Back in May of 2017, police say once they got on scene at 1009 Hood Avenue Saturday, they found Lance with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Court documents obtained by NewsChannel 9 shortly after Lance Wooten's death show the father and son pair had a history of physically fighting with each other.

His high school friend Nathan Cook says social media is how the two kept up with each other. However, he actually ran into Wooten a couple of months ago.

Cook said, "I asked him, 'Are you staying out of trouble?' You know, he's had some issues since we graduated."

About two years ago, before Wooten moved back in with his parents on Hood Avenue, Clyde Caldwell says he rented his extra house to Wooten, his then wife, and their little girl.

An arrest warrant says in August of 2016, Wooten tried to physically stop someone from making a 911 call.

Caldwell says when living in his house, Wooten's wife would often run to neighbors' houses to call the police and hide from him.

According to court records, Wooten has been charged in several different domestic violence cases, before and since then.

Arrest warrants tell story after story about physical fights that happened between Wooten and his father at their home on Hood Avenue.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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