Bernie Hargrove: Man Fatally Shot Stepson During COVID-19 Lockdown Fight: Cops

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On late Wednesday night, a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed after getting into an argument with his mother and stepfather. The boy, who police identified as De’onte Roberts, was arguing with his family about wanting to leave their southwest Atlanta home, according to AJC. The state of Georgia is currently under a shelter-in-place order.

Roberts was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital after he was shot in the chest. He died at the hospital.

Robert’s stepfather, 42-year-old Bernie Hargrove, was arrested on a charge of felony murder and booked into the Fulton County Jail Thursday morning. According to the report, an altercation between Hargrove and Roberts started after Roberts left the house and returned home.

An Atlanta police rep said Roberts’ mom and Hargrove wanted the boy to stay home because of concerns with COVID-19, AJC reported.

In a statement, Officer Steve Avery said “Later, the victim returned to the home and kicked in the door to the house where a physical fight began between the suspect and the victim. During that altercation, the victim was shot.”

Cops said that Hargrove shot Roberts multiple times after the teen kicked in the front door and punched Hargrove in the face, WSBTV reported.

The Shelter-in-Place Order Requires Georgians to Stay Home to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

On April 2, the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, has issued a shelter-in-place-order.

The shelter-in-place order requires all Georgians to stay in their homes and to take “every possible precaution to limit social interaction,” according to 11 Alive.

According to the Executive Order, there are four acceptable reasons for an individual to leave their home during the shelter-at-home order:

  1. 1. They are conducting or participating in essential services
  2. 2. They are performing necessary travel
  3. 3. They are engaged in the performance of, or travel to and from, the performance of Minimum Basic Operations for a business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation or organization not classified as Critical Infrastructure; or
    4. They are part of the workforce for Critical Infrastructure and are actively engaged in the performance of, or travel to and from, their respective employment.

Gov. Kemp Is Planning on Reopening Some Non-Essential Businesses

On Monday, April 20, Gov. Kemp announced that on Friday, Georgians could start going to the gym, as well as get tattoos, massages, manicures, pedicures and haircuts, The New York Times reported. Then, next Monday, residents could start going to the movies and eat inside restaurants.

During a Monday press conference, Gov. Kemp said that he believed the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis has leveled off. The governor said that because of this, some non-essential businesses could start opening up again. He made it clear that social distancing measures are still required inside the businesses, and employees should have their temperature checked for fevers regularly.

During a White House briefing on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said about Gov Kemp, “I want him to do what he thinks is right, but I disagree with him on what he is doing. I think it’s too soon.”

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