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Arrest made in Meriwether County triple shooting

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Timothy J. Chambley (source: Meriwether County Jail) Timothy J. Chambley (source: Meriwether County Jail)
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WOODBURY, Ga. -

After a manhunt spanning several counties, the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a Harris County man in Powder Springs, Georgia, wanted for shooting three people, and killing one in Woodbury.

The arrest occurred just after midnight Sunday in the Atlanta suburb.  Chambley has already been transported to the Meriwether County Jail where he arrived just before 5 a.m. Sunday. He will have his first appearance in front of a judge Monday morning.

Police were able to track Chambley to his brother's house in Powder Springs with help from the Harris County Sheriff, who has the addresses of all Chambley's known relatives on record.  Investigators looked up cell phone records to determine that Chambley made a call in the Powder Springs area late Saturday night. Armed with that information, U.S. Marshals served a warrant on his brother's address where they found Chambley hiding.

U.S. Marshal spokesperson, James Joyner, confirmed task force members arrived at the Powder Springs address and found the deceased victim's stolen vehicle outside.  Chambley looked out the front door and retreated inside when he noticed officers approaching.  After making entry into the house, Chambley was arrested without violence or injury. During the arrest, officers recovered a firearm from inside the residence.  Several other people were inside the house with Chambley, but they told police they did not know he was wanted for murder.

Family members at the crime scene in Woodbury were visibly upset as they spoke with investigators about the death of Bessie Webster, 82.

Webster was killed with a shotgun while at her own house at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Neighbors said Webster was a widow and retired factory worker who enjoyed fishing and camping at West Point Lake. A Woodbury resident for at least twenty years, Webster recently moved back to Williamson Circle after living with an elderly couple she met through friends. Margaret Ledford, Webster's next-door-neighbor, said Webster devoted herself full-time to taking care of the couple in need of assistance.

"This is the first murder reported in Meriwether County since January.  We had people contact 911 telling us there had been three people shot.  There were some shots fired inside and out in the backyard," said Meriwether County Sheriff, Chuck Smith.

Investigators accuse Timothy Chambley, 53, of Pine Mountain Valley of committing the crime. Authorities believe he went to the address on Williamson Circle with the intention of killing the deceased victim's grandson, Chris Webster, and another woman named Margaret Smith.  According to police, Bessie Webster may have been a collateral casualty and not the original target of the shooting.  Police are still investigating whether or not this attack was motivated by jealousy, the result of a love triangle involving Smith.

Police said a 6-year-old child was present during the shooting and was briefly abducted by Chambley, but was later released unharmed in Pine Mountain Valley. 

The two surviving victims were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition where they are being treated in the trauma unit.

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