By Muhammad Atef | May 5, 2021

Woman killed, man injured during search warrant service in Camden County

WOODBINE, Ga. (WSAV) – One person was killed and another was injured as deputies were serving a search warrant in Camden County Tuesday morning.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the Camden County Sheriff’s Office arrived at a home in the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 17 around 5 a.m.

The GBI says law enforcement knocked on the door before making entry. That’s when there was “an exchange of gunfire.”

Latoya James, 37, was shot and died at the scene. Varshawn Brown, 46, was injured and taken to a hospital, officials say.

First Coast News spoke with the victim’s mother, who said James and Brown are cousins. She said James was visiting Brown at his home on Highway 17 when the shooting occurred.

“I’m always scared for my babies,” said Betty James, the victim’s mother. “I’m always scared for my babies because of the color of their skin. And my fear finally came.”

Family members said Brown was hospitalized with at least four gunshot wounds.

The sheriff’s office requested the GBI to conduct an independent investigation. Once completed, the agency will turn over their findings to the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

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