Son of prominent Columbus businessman arrested

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - The son late Frank Lumpkin Jr., a prominent Columbus businessman faces an aggravated assault charge after authorities say he shot a teenager he found in his stolen car.

According to authorities, 50-year-old Frank Lumpkin III was released
from jail on $2,500 bond.

Police said he is accused of shooting a 16-year-old in the side
with a 9 mm pistol Tuesday night at a gas station.

Lumpkin's lawyer, Frank Martin, said Lumpkin shouldn't have been charged.

Martin said Lumpkin got into an argument with the teen when he
saw the teen driving his wife's stolen SUV.

Martin said Lumpkin accidentally fired a shot as the teen tried to escape and wrecked the SUV.

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