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LaGrange PD reports man murdered while giving two strangers a ride

LAGRANGE, Ga. (WRBL) - A LaGrange Police Department report confirms a man is dead after a shooting Saturday night.

Police responded to the Well Star West Georgia Emergency Room around 8:20 p.m. to find the victim, James Jake Ponder, had been shot. An aquaintance told police he and Ponder had been driving along Troup Street when they offered two men walking a ride.

The aquaintance reports the two men got in the car and attempted to rob him and Ponder, during which time Ponder was shot. The witness says the two unknown men immediately jumped out of the car and ran away while he drove Ponder to the emergency room. Ponder later passed away from his injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the LaGrange Department at 706-833-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000. Tips can also be submitted through the LaGrange Police Department's Facebook page.


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