HARRIS COUNTY, Ga. (WTVM) - The death of a Harris County man who died over the weekend after being shot in the head is now being investigated as a homicide.
60-year-old George “Bick” Bickerstaff was shot in the head on Friday, July 12 in the area of Hamilton Mulberry Grove Rd. He passed away at Piedmont Columbus Regional in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 14.
According to Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley, a domestic dispute between Bickerstaff and his sister is what led to the fatal shooting.
“They were arguing, to our understanding, over cows getting out and getting inside a garden,” Jolley said.
According to Jolley, this led to Bickerstaff firing one to two shots with his own gun before his sister’s boyfriend shot Bickerstaff in the head once.
Police are not yet releasing the boyfriend’s name.
“Harris County doesn’t have that many shootings and deaths," Jolley said. "This is a family squabble that went terribly bad.”
A friend of Bickerstaff, James Wood, said the whole situation is shocking because he always knew Bickerstaff to be family oriented.
“No matter what, Bick’s gone," he said. "But it does add something for him to go like that.”
Jolley said they are not calling this a murder because there are still a lot of questions to be answered.
“We’re looking to see if it could have been some type of self-defense,” he said.
According to those News Leader Nine spoke with at Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate, Bickerstaff was a very distant relative.
Wood said Bickerstaff owned the B& B Gear and Powertrain Repair Shop in Columbus. He said Bickerstaff was passionate about drag racing and cars and was well-known throughout the community.
“A lot of people are going to be missing Bick Bickerstaff,” Wood said.
Bickerstaff’s body is being taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.