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Jay Vernon Chastain
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Birth: Feb. 22, 1927
Death: Dec. 8, 1974

Georgia sheriff, dies in shoot-out

HIAWASSEE. Ga. "AP" - Towns County Sheriff Jay Chastain was shot and killed early Sunday as he stopped a car for a traffic violation just east of this town near the North Carolina - Georgia border, police said.

However. Chastain. 46, managed to shoot back at his assailant before he died, authorities added

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Roy Struben Lockaby. 42. of Hiawassee was killed in the exchange of gunfire with officers arriving at the scene

GBI agent R C McCracken said the shooting occurred when Chastain and Deputy Sheriff Rudy Eller stopped a car two miles east of here at the intersection of US 76 and Georgia 288 for a traffic violation.

McCracken said the driver of the car. identified as Ernest Harold Hollifield. 36. of Dahlonega. was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The agent said Eller was escorting Hollifield to the patrol car when Lockaby. a passenger the car. fired three shots, striking Chastain once in the chest.

The sheriff was dead on arrival at Towns County Hospital, McCracken said

The agent said a search of the trunk of Hollifield's car revealed items identified as having been taken from two recent robberies in Towns County.

McCracken declined to-say if bond had been set for the Dahlonega man or whether he would be charged in connection with Chastain's death. He indicated that the GBI investigation was continuing

Date: 1974-12-09; Paper: Augusta Chronicle

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  Eunata Jesse Chastain (1935 - 2010)*
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Burch Cemetery
Towns County
Georgia, USA
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Jay Vernon Chastain
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