Man dies protecting his dog ... killer is still on the loose

Man dies protecting his dog and killer is still on the loose, police say

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. — A man who was just trying to protect a dog is now dead.

That man's family told Channel 2 Action News they can't understand why someone would murder such a good man.

Police are searching for Keyondre Preston. They said Preston shot and killed Shelvis Hillman last week along Washington Street in Covington.

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Police say this all started from argument at another location.

“One of the individuals that we’ve now identified as Keyondre Preston fired a shot inside the residence at a dog that was being aggressive toward him,” said Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcom.

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Police said Hillman came to the dog’s defense and confronted Preston. Authorities said a short time later, they believe Preston and two others targeted the victim.

“Keyondre Preston and two other individuals went into the Washington Street location where Mr. Hillman and two other people were robbed,” Malcom said. “According to info we have, Preston fired a shot at our victim.”

Family members and neighbors said Shelvis was a good guy, who knew the man that shot him.

“He was a hard worker, great guy, very respectful and willing help us put our swing set together. He was really nice,” said neighbor Kristin Collins.

Police said they believe the suspected killer may be in DeKalb County, and he may be armed and dangerous.

If you know anything about the suspect's whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.