Earl Curtis Weems
Photo: Paulding County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Paulding County Sheriff's Office

1 fatally shot, 2 injured in Paulding County domestic dispute

A domestic dispute turned deadly in Paulding County on Tuesday when a 77-year-old opened fire on three people, killing one of them, authorities said.

Deputies were dispatched to a home on Wesleyan Way in the Ivey Meadows subdivision shortly before 6 p.m., Paulding County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ashley Henson said.

They arrived to find three people with gunshot wounds and arrested the suspected shooter, 77-year-old Earl Curtis Weems.

The victims were identified as Ebony Janel Copeland, 23, Takiyah Weems, 42, and Amauri Ali Beavers, 21. Deputies rendered aid to all three, but Beavers later died of his injuries at a hospital.

According to investigators, Takiyah Weems is married to Earl Weems and Beavers was her adult son. Copeland was Beavers’ girlfriend, Henson said. 

It’s still unclear what led to the fatal dispute, but Earl Weems was arrested at the scene. As of Friday afternoon, he was only charged with aggravated assault, but investigators said additional charges are expected. He is being held without bond at the Paulding County Jail, records show.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 770-443-3015. 

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