AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio reported last week on the shooting of Tony Gilley of an old Highway 337 address in Menlo. Gilley was shot by his former son-in-law, 27 year old Matthew Christol. Christol was charged with aggravated assault in the incident.
Gilley escaped any life-threatning injury, despite being shot in the forearm by Christol. The incident is still under investigation by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department and the Lookout Mountain District Attorney’s office. Investigator Larry Kellett told AM 1180 on Monday that the district attorney’s office may file charges against Gilley who was at the home of his daughter and ex-son – in – law when the incident took place. Family members of Christol told AM 1180 that Gilley had broken out a glass door at the home before the shooting took place and that, according to Christol, he was simply defending his home. Christol and his ex-wife have been living together for several weeks prior to the incident.
Kellett told AM 1180 that he had explained to Gilley that charges might be forthcoming against him after the district attorney’s office reviewed the case.
Also, Kellett said that there had been reports from Cherokee County, Alabama that a "retaliation" incident may have taken place against some of Christol’s family members across the state line below Menlo. Kellett said that he has forwarded his report on the incident to Cherokee County authorities and that investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department are sharing information with him regarding the case.
In the end it will be up to the Lookout Mountain District Attorney’s office to sort through the domestic incident and decide what final charges might be brought for indictment.