Man gets life in prison for killing uncle, shooting Douglas County deputy

Douglas County investigators gathered on North Bear Drive after a sheriff’s deputy was shot on Oct. 25. (John Spink /

Credit: John Spink

Credit: John Spink

Douglas County investigators gathered on North Bear Drive after a sheriff’s deputy was shot on Oct. 25. (John Spink /

A Douglas County man who shot and killed his uncle before turning the gun on a deputy pleaded guilty to the crimes and was sentenced to life in prison, the district attorney said Tuesday.

Jonathon Christian Roman, 28, pleaded guilty to various charges, including murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, multiple aggravated assaults, and terroristic threats in the October crime spree, DA Dalia Racine said.

After threatening to kill his aunt in the family’s home, Roman shot his uncle to death, according to investigators. Roman then shot one of the deputies who arrived at the scene. Another deputy shot Roman, striking him several times, authorities said.

“Our law enforcement officers constantly face danger to protect our community, and they do it without regard to their own safety and in the service of others,” Racine said in an emailed statement. “We are grateful for the true heroics they displayed and are extremely thankful that Deputy Davenport was protected by his fellow officers and is on the road to recovery. We pray that the families impacted by this tragedy can find healing, and we are hopeful that this resolution can help them in that journey.”

On Oct. 25, deputies were called around 9:30 a.m. to the 5900 block of North Bear Drive about reports of a person shot, spokesman Capt. John Mooney said after the incident. At the scene, deputies entered the home after giving commands and learning that Roman was still inside.

Deputy Charles “Ken” Davenport ordered Roman to “show me your hands,” the DA’s office said. Instead, Roman shot Davenport twice in the chest and once through the shoulder. The deputy’s vest captured two of the bullets.

Roman’s uncle, Walter Jack Johnson, 66, died at the scene, investigators said. He was a father of two and grandfather of five, according to his obituary.

Roman was taken into custody and was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. On Nov. 30, he was booked into the Douglas County jail. Davenport continues to recover from his injuries, the DA said.

Judge William McClain sentenced Roman to life in prison with the possibility of parole.