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Dalton Police Department investigating an early morning fatal shooting

Updated: Jul 15, 2019

The Dalton Police Department has identified the man who was killed in an early morning shooting Saturday at the Motel 6 on Chattanooga Road. 36-year-old Gregory Eugene Walker of Ringgold was killed in the shooting after reportedly attempting to force his way into a motel room. The room was occupied by 23 year old Jaycob Rory Kelsey of Dalton, who told investigators that he fired on Walker in self-defense. The shooting is still being investigated by the Dalton Police Department and Mr. Kelsey has cooperated with the investigation. Police were first called to the Motel 6 at 2200 Chattanooga Road at approximately 2:30 am to a report of a disturbance in progress. Mr. Walker was staying in a first floor room and called in a noise complaint about the rooms above his. When officers arrived, they found the occupants of the rooms in question asleep and found no evidence of a disturbance or excessive noise. After leaving the scene the first time, officers were called back to the motel when Walker complained about noise coming from a different room, which officers found to be vacant. A short time later, at about 3:20 am, witnesses told police that Walker still believed the upstairs occupant was making noises and went upstairs and began banging on the door of Room 226 and trying to enter the room. Witnesses told police Walker made threatening statements, saying that he was going to “f*** them up.” Mr. Kelsey was inside Room 226 and armed with a handgun, and when Walker tried to force his way into the room, Kelsey told police he shot Walker multiple times. Kelsey then began to render aid to Walker, putting pressure on his wounds. Kelsey made a 911 call to report the shooting at 3:27 am and officers and EMS responded to the scene. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene and detectives were called to investigate. This incident is still being investigated. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information is asked to please contact Detective Scott Murray at 706-278-9085 extension 9148.