GBI Investigates Armed Robbery/Murder in Fitzgerald, GA

August 10, 2016

Fitzgerald, GA – On Tuesday, August 09, 2016, at approximately 4:45 PM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene of an apparent armed robbery and shooting at the request of the Fitzgerald Police Department.


On Tuesday, August 09, 2016, at approximately 4:30 P.M., officers of the Fitzgerald Police Department (FPD) were dispatched to the Global Meat Market, formerly the Rockin’ Pig Country Market, 715 North Merrimac Drive, Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County, GA pursuant to a shooting victim at that location.  Upon arrival, officers discovered that the store clerk, Narendrakumar J. Patel, had been shot inside the store, during an apparent armed robbery.  Patel, 32 years old, died from his wounds at the scene.


 The GBI is asking for anyone with information about this investigation or who may have seen any suspicious activity or persons in the area of the Global Meat Market to contact the GBI at (478) 987-4545 or the Fitzgerald Police Department at (229) 426-5000.

Contact Information: 
Bill Bodrey - Assistant Special Agent in Charge - 478/987-4545