James Elliot Blocksom
Photo: Hall County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Hall County Sheriff's Office

Hall County murder suspect now charged with threatening an officer

A Hall County man previously accused in a fatal shooting at a QuikTrip gas station is now charged with threatening an officer, according to a new indictment. 

James Elliott Blocksom, 24, was indicted Feb. 4 on charges of terroristic threats and obstruction of an officer, Hall court records show. 

Blocksom was still in custody when he allegedly threatened to kill a Hall sheriff’s officer on Jan. 23, according to the indictment. He is also accused of obstructing another officer on the same day. 

Blocksom was previously charged with murder after allegedly following a man to the QuikTrip on Gainesville Highway off I-985 and shooting him multiple times in Feb. 2019. 

Hall authorities previously called the incident “targeted” and said the victim, 36-year-old Chester Morrison of Commerce, knew his shooter.

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Blocksom had chased Morrison and a woman from the Buford area to the QuikTrip station, AJC.com previously reported. 

When the victims pulled their car into the parking lot of the gas station, Blocksom allegedly fired at Morrison multiple times. The woman got out of the driver’s seat, and Blocksom opened the passenger door and fired six more shots, according to video footage of the incident. 

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Morrison was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Blocksom was gone by the time deputies arrived, but the driver was able to identify him, Ware said. He was arrested at his home in Canton and charged with murder. 

“The female was cooperative with deputies and investigators and was able to assist very quickly with details regarding Blocksom’s identity, place of residency and vehicle description,” Ware said. 

During a search of the home, authorities also recovered the handgun they believe was used in the shooting.

Charges in the fatal shooting are still pending against Blocksom. He is currently in the Hall jail. 

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