NWGA Scanner | April 27th, 2021

Chattanooga man arrested in Cobb County charged with murder of Cleveland man in Dalton

Dalton investigators have arrested 26 year old Devon Raphael Wheeler of Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Sunday morning murder of Rashad Goldston. The arrest was made early Tuesday morning at a motel in Smyrna, Georgia with the assistance of the Cobb County Police Department. Wheeler was arrested without incident. He is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The killing happened early Sunday morning in the parking lot outside of the Oyster Pub bar at 933 Market Street in Dalton. Investigators believe that some sort of dispute occurred inside of the bar between the victim Goldston and Devon Wheeler’s girlfriend which led to a disturbance. The disturbance continued later in the parking lot, and at approximately 2:30 am the fight escalated to Wheeler firing several shots into the gray Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Goldston. Goldston was hit by one of the gunshots in the back. Goldston attempted to drive away from the scene but crashed a short distance away, flipping the vehicle onto its side in front of the Dollar Tree store in the same parking lot. Goldston was attended to by a nurse who was on scene and later by responding officers from the Dalton Police Department. He was taken by ambulance to Hamilton Medical Center where he died later in the morning. Detectives from the Dalton Police Department responded to the scene to take over the investigation. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to determine that Wheeler was the shooter. On Monday, investigators developed intelligence that Wheeler had traveled to Smyrna. Dalton detectives traveled to Cobb County and contacted the Cobb County Police Department which joined the investigation. Officers from the CCDP’s SWAT team assisted with the arrest at a Smyrna motel at approximately 5:00 am Tuesday morning. Wheeler is currently being held in the Cobb County jail and is expected to be transported to the Whitfield County jail later on Tuesday. The Dalton Police Department thanks the Cobb County Police Department for their assistance with making this arrest.

Booking photo via the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office