Two Arrested in Newton County for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Covington, GA (January 21, 2022) – On Thursday, January 20, 2022, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, with the assistance of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the GBI Atlanta Regional Office, and the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, executed two residential search warrants related to separate investigations pertaining to the Sexual Exploitation of Children. The investigations began after the GBI CEACC Unit received numerous independent and unrelated cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Those cybertips involved the possession and/or distribution of explicit child sexual abuse material, commonly referred to as child pornography, which resolved to Newton County, GA.

GBI Conducts Death Investigation in Evans County, GA

Claxton, GA (January 16, 2021) - The GBI is investigating a shooting incident that happened on Saturday, January 15, 2022. At about 10:30 p.m., the Evans County Sheriff's Office asked the GBI to assist with the incident that occurred at a house party at 2790 Caddie Green Road, Claxton, GA. When law enforcement arrived, they found that Eric Brown, Jr., age 18, of Glennville, GA, had been shot and died at the scene. Brown was taken to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy. 

Barrow County Woman Arrested in Death of Arcade Child

Arcade, GA (January 14, 2022) – On Friday, January 14, 2022, the GBI arrested Sugey Castro-Solis, age 24, of Barrow County, for Felony Murder related to the death of a 23 month old child in Arcade, GA.

On Monday, January 11, 2021, Arcade Police responded to a 911 call in reference to an unresponsive child and asked the GBI for assistance in the investigation. The child was transported to the hospital and later died. Castro-Solis was the caretaker of the child at the time 911 was called.

GBI Investigating Double Shooting in Vidalia - UPDATE


(January 12, 2022) – Joshua Magual Sanders, age 27, of Birmingham, AL, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Flagstaff, AZ today on charges relating to the shooting deaths of Latorey Harden and Pamela Harden. Sanders was arrested on outstanding warrants for Aggravated Assault (two counts), Felony Murder (two counts), Possession of a Firearm During Certain Crimes (two counts), and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (one count). He will be extradited to Georgia. Pamela Harden’s 2021 Nissan Rogue was taken from the scene of the shooting and recovered in Birmingham, AL on Sunday, January 9, 2022.


Vidalia, GA (January 7, 2022) – The second victim, Pamela Harden, of Vidalia has died. The GBI investigation is active and ongoing.


Vidalia, GA (January 6, 2022) – On Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 12:55 p.m., Vidalia Police Department officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute at 802 E. 5th Street, Vidalia, Toombs County, GA. Before officers arrived, a second 911 call was received regarding a shooting at the same address. When officers arrived, they found two shooting victims, identified as Latorey Denise Harden, age 24, and Pamela Harden, age 42, both of Vidalia. Latorey Harden was deceased and Pamela Harden was transported to Memorial Health in Savannah in critical condition. Pamela Harden is Latorey Harden’s mother. The shooter has not been positively identified, but was seen leaving the scene in a blue 2021 Nissan Rogue with a busted window, Georgia license plate RRX1184.

Walton County Man Arrested in Shooting Death of His Mother

Loganville, GA (January 12, 2022) – The GBI has been requested to assist the Walton County Sheriff’s Office with a shooting death investigation. One woman has died and one man has been arrested.

GBI Investigates Homicide in Snellville, GA

Snellville, GA (January 9, 2021) –  On Friday, January 7, 2022, the Snellville Police Department asked the GBI to investigate a homicide which left one man dead and another man injured.  After receiving multiple 911 calls, officers responded to 2900 Summit View Court, Snellville, where a male victim was found on the front porch of the residence.  It was determined that the victim had been shot and died on scene.  Another shooting victim was located inside the residence.  This victim had also been shot and was taken to a local area hospital where he remains in critical condition.  The identity of the deceased victim is pending notification of next of kin. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Lyons, GA

Lyons County, GA (January 9, 2021) –  The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lyons, Toombs County, GA.  The Lyons Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Sunday, January 9, 2021.  Charles James, age 32, of Vidalia was taken into custody.  Taliyah Williams, age 17, of Vidalia, was injured. No officers were injured. 

The investigation shows that Lyons police officers responded to a bank alarm call.  While checking the bank, officers heard shots being fired. Officers called dispatch at 12:11 a.m. stating they heard shots fired.  Dispatch also received a 911 call about shots fired near CKT trailer park at 254 East Clifton Avenue in Lyons.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Crawford County

Crawford County, GA (January 9, 2021) –  The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Crawford County, GA.  The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Sunday, January 9, 2022. 

Denrick Demond Stallings, age 47, of Roberta, has died.  No deputies were injured.

Preliminary information indicates that at 12:16 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a traffic violation (speeding).  The driver, later identified as Denrick Stallings, refused to stop and that led to a vehicle pursuit.  The chase lasted several miles until Stallings crashed the car.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Columbus

Columbus, GA (January 7, 2022) –  The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Columbus, GA.  The Columbus Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Friday, January 7, 2022.  One man, Tabias Maddox, age 39, of Columbus, was injured in this incident.  No officers were injured.

The preliminary information indicates that on Friday, January 7, 2022, at around 1:00 A.M., Columbus Police responded to a 911 call about gun shots being fired in the vicinity of Habitat Drive and Annette Avenue.  Upon arrival, police observed a car leaving the area and began to pursue it.  The pursuit ended nearby in the vicinity of Buena Vista Road and Chesterfield Avenue.  At that time, Maddox, the driver of the car, got out and while running away, shot a handgun at police.  An officer returned gunfire, hitting Maddox in the leg.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Calhoun

Calhoun, GA (January 6, 2022)The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Calhoun, Gordon County, GA. The Calhoun Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Thursday, January 6, 2022. One man was shot and has died. No officers were injured.