published Friday, August 27th, 2010

911 call: 'The man is killing people out here'

by Adam Crisp
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WARNING: This 911 call contains graphic language and violence

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WARNING: This 911 call contains graphic violence.

What began as a child’s birthday party turned into a deadly shootout Thursday evening in Dalton, Ga., Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said this afternoon.

Three men are dead and a woman hospitalized with gunshot wounds after a domestic dispute involving the woman’s estranged boyfriend, her ex-husband and her father, Chitwood said.

He said the incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. near Dawnville in southern Whitfield County at 1751 Rainbow Circle.

The sheriff said victim Mindy Bullard’s estranged boyfriend David Dwight Hartline, of Summerville, Ga., had been drinking and was told not to come to the party. When he did arrive, an argument broke out. Investigators

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    Staff Photo by Allison Kwesell Conasauga Circuit Distric Attorney, Kermit McManus, walks under crime scene tape blocking off a house deputies say three people were killed late Thursday during a domestic shootout near Dawnville in northern Whitfield County.

believe the boyfriend was the first person to fire shots, but there was an exchange of gunfire, the sheriff said. At least 25 shell casings were recovered at the scene.

When authorities arrived, Bullard’s father, Edward Henry Manz III, a Chattanooga resident, and Hartline both were dead in the home. Bullard’s ex-husband, Kenneth Simonson of Cleveland, Tenn., was alive in the home but later died at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Ga.

Bullard, also shot in the legs, crawled to a neighbor’s home. Her wounds are not believed to be life threatening, the sheriff said.

Whitfield County Coroner Bobbie Dixon said all of the victims had multiple gunshot wounds, and much of the gunfire was recorded in graphic 911 calls released to the Times Free Press this afternoon.

Dixon said the woman lived at the house with a few children as young as four years old. The children were in the home at the time of the shooting, she said, but they were not injured.

This story will be updated throughout the day, and a full report will appear in tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Adam Crisp...

Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...

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xsiveporsche said...

What a poor time we live in when things like this happen. Poor children having to live thru this.

August 27, 2010 at 2:04 p.m.
FM_33 said...

The sign of the times my friends but as the old saying goes........

When God is not present in a persons life then Satan the devil steps in !

In this case oh how true it was.

August 27, 2010 at 5:06 p.m.

Oh my gosh these recordings are absolutely horrific! Sounds like something you would see in a movie! Wow. I am so floored that there are people who are actually sick enough to do this. Lord help them all! Especially the kids who witnessed it! They will be forever traumatized!

August 27, 2010 at 9:17 p.m.
susieq261950 said...

Why do people think that only bad things happen to bad people???? where is your compassion? The last thing these poor people need are others judging them. Can you at least offer up a prayer for these children and their mother? I have lived through domestic violence, it really is saddening to know that there are still people out there that blame the abused, never the abuser, as if they have done something to deserve the abuse. God must not be present in our lives? Bad things only happen to bad people?? How rude of you to post such a thing here. Let's keep the focus on these children and their mom,let's pray for them to heal mentally and physically. I will also pray for you. Satan is roaming to and fro, seeking whom he make devour. Not just bad people, or non christians, satan will destroy whom ever he can.

August 27, 2010 at 10:32 p.m.
crtsports said...

Truly shocking

August 27, 2010 at 11:46 p.m.
Tmanz said...

I am going to give FM_33 the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is referring to David Hartline with his comments. However; I would urge careful consideration when voicing opinions about the departed.

August 30, 2010 at 8:36 a.m.
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