Rome Police seeking murder suspect

August 18, 2019–2:51 p.m.


The Rome Police Department is investigating the shooting of 26-year old Jonathan Lynn Hull of a Walnut Ave. Rome address. On Saturday at approximately at 5:27 p.m. a ‘shots fired’ call was reported outside an apartment complex located at 3 Cliff View Drive.

Hull was found outside the building and a resident began first aid measures and alerted responding personnel that it was an actual shooting at the location.

Hull was transported to Floyd Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

The victim will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab awaiting an autopsy.

The incident is under investigation at this time by the Rome Police Department to determine the cause for the altercation.

The suspect has been identified as 18-year old Joe Paul Atwater (pictured) whose last address was Chambers Street in Rome. The suspect’s location is not known at this time. He is considered dangerous. Warrants have been issued for Aggravated Assault and Felony Murder.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Rome Police Department Criminal Investigation Division. If you have a location of the suspect call 911 immediately.

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