Confrontation led to fatal shooting in Decatur intersection, report says

Tommie Lee Salad, 36, was taken into custody May 24 at an apartment complex in Redan.

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

Tommie Lee Salad, 36, was taken into custody May 24 at an apartment complex in Redan.

A month after a man was found shot to death in a Decatur intersection, his suspected killer was arrested at an apartment complex in Redan, according to DeKalb County officials.

An incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has revealed new details about the circumstances around the killing of 39-year-old Lewis Harmon on April 22.

Tommie Lee Salad, 36, was taken into custody last week on charges related to Harmon’s death, DeKalb sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said.

According to the incident report shared by DeKalb police, officers responded to a person shot call around 5:45 p.m. at the intersection of Hooper Street and Hillside Avenue. At the scene, officers found Harmon unresponsive inside a red 2023 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. He was confirmed dead when fire crews arrived a few minutes later.

Witnesses told officers that a dark SUV had pulled up alongside the red truck and occupants of both vehicles started arguing, the report said. As the argument continued, Harmon got out of his truck and another man exited the SUV. The man from the SUV then returned to his car and got a gun, the report said. A witness said the man fired one shot at Harmon, who collapsed as he tried to get back into his truck.

More than a month after the shooting, police took out warrants against Salad on one count of malice murder. A SWAT unit was sent to an apartment on Walden Walk Circle in Redan, where officers were able to find Salad and take him into custody without incident, the report said.

Salad was booked into the DeKalb jail, where he remains without bond. He also has been indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, court records show.

According to public records, Salad has a long criminal history that includes convictions for violent crimes and drug charges.

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