Drug Arrests in Toccoa, Stephens County

Toccoa, GA (September 23, 2020) - On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Toccoa Police Department, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office conducted a search at 182 Hughes Street, Toccoa, Stephens County, GA. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Oconee County

Oconee County, GA (September 22, 2020) - The subject in this OIS has been identified as Julia Moss, age 40, of Athens, GA.

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Oconee County, GA (September 21, 2020) – On Monday, September 21, 2020, at approximately 11:03 a.m., the GBI was requested by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) to investigate an officer involved shooting.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia (September 22, 2020) – On Monday, September 21, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Atlanta Police Department to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation. 

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 7:25 p.m., a 911 call was placed about a domestic disturbance near 510 Cassanova Street SE, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.  When officers arrived, they observed Dearian Bell, 28, of Atlanta, and his wife inside a vehicle.  At some point, Bell retrieved a firearm from the vehicle and exited the vehicle.  For approximately 12 minutes, Bell held the firearm and walked around the area ignoring verbal commands to put the gun down.  At one point, Bell advanced toward an APD officer.  At that time, the APD officer discharged her firearm, striking Bell.  Officers rendered aid to Bell at the scene.  Bell was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

GBI Makes Arrest in Coffee County Murder and Aggravated Assault

Douglas, GA (September 22, 2020) – On Saturday, September 19, 2020, the GBI arrested Oscar Manuel Camacho, 71, and charged him with one count of Felony Murder, two counts of Aggravated Assault, and Possession of Firearm during the commission of certain crimes. Camacho was booked into the Coffee County Jail.v

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Pickens County

Talking Rock, Georgia (September 20,2020)  – On Saturday, September 19, 2020, at approximately 11:40 a.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation. 

The investigation revealed that at approximately 11 a.m., the Pickens County 911 Center received a trespass call at a residence in Talking Rock, Georgia.  The subject was identified by the 911 caller as Derek Cooper, 52, of Acworth, Georgia.  The caller indicated there was a restraining order against Cooper and that Cooper attempted to kill his wife during a domestic incident this week.  Cooper was in fact out on bond for the domestic violence incident with conditions of no contact with his wife and children.  The wife, children and another family member were hiding inside the residence. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Brunswick

Brunswick, GA (September 20, 2020) – On Saturday, September 19, 2020, at approximately 5:36 p.m., the GBI was requested by the Brunswick Police Department to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation that occurred on Grant Street located in downtown Brunswick.

GBI Arrests Six Men on Child Exploitation Charges in Columbus

Columbus, GA (September 18, 2020) – Within the past two months, a total of six men were arrested and at least one child victim was identified during a coordinated effort between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, the GBI’s Special Enforcement Team (SET), and the Columbus Police Department. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with this effort.

GBI Arrests Columbus Police Officer for Battery and Violation of Oath of Office

Columbus, GA (September 18, 2020)On Friday, September 18, 2020, the GBI arrested Columbus Police Officer Clayton Watkins, 35, and charged him with Battery and Violation of Oath of Office following an investigation of an allegation of excessive use of force. 

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the GBI was requested by the Columbus Police Department to investigate an allegation of use of excessive force by Officer Watkins during an arrest of Donnell Russell, 43.

Joint Task Force Investigates Houston County Missing Person

Warner Robins, Houston County, GA (September 18, 2020) – On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, a joint task force was formed to search for missing person Jesus Mancilla-Velez, age 35.  The task force includes the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Peach County Sheriff’s Office, the Byron Police Department and the Fort Valley Police Department. 

On Saturday, September 5, 2020, an abandoned vehicle was found on a dirt road by a landowner in Crawford County, Georgia.  It was later identified as Mancilla-Velez’ vehicle. 

Brantley County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Nahunta, GA (September 17, 2020) – On Saturday, September 12, 2020, Brantley County resident Gary Kreitzman, 33, was charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Kingsland regional field office and the GBI Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC). An investigation into Kreitzman’s internet activity by the GBI began after a report was received from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) related to the online sharing of child pornography by Kreitzman via the internet. This investigation led to a search warrant of the residence where Kreitzman resides in Brantley County, GA, and subsequently Kreitzman’s arrest. The GBI was assisted in the search warrant by the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office.