GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in DeKalb County

UPDATE:

DeKalb County, GA (December 27, 2021) - The man involved in this OIS has been identified as Benny Antonio Hood, age 30, of Atlanta.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

DeKalb County, GA (December 24, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in DeKalb County, GA.  The DeKalb County Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Friday, December 24, 2021.  One man has died.  No officers were injured.

Preliminary information indicates that at 1:04 p.m., a Walmart Loss Prevention Officer at the Walmart on Gresham Road, DeKalb County, Georgia made contact with a man who had been putting items in a large backpack and who had attempted to leave the store without paying for the items.  A DeKalb County P.D. officer working an off-duty job and another DeKalb County P.D. officer attempted to make contact with the man as he was walking out of the store.  The man ran back into the store and police officers and the loss prevention officer followed.  The man drew a handgun and fired at the police officers and loss prevention officer.  During the incident, an officer attempted to tase the man.  The man ran outside of the store, holding the gun. During the incident, an officer fired his gun, hitting the man.  The man died on scene. 

Arrest Made in Dublin Homicide Investigation

Dublin, GA (December 27, 2021) – On Monday, December 27, 2021, Alyssa Danielle Wild, age 29, of East Dublin, was arrested during a traffic stop in Franklin, TN. Wild was wanted in connection to the murder of Charles Stephen Holmberg, age 38, of Cuthbert. Wild is charged with Murder with additional charges pending. She is currently being held in the Williamson County (TN) Jail. The investigation revealed that Wild and Holmberg were in a relationship.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (December 27, 2021) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an officer involved shooting investigation in Atlanta, Fulton County, GA. On Sunday, December 26, 2021, the Georgia State University Police Department asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident that occurred on 17th Street in Midtown Atlanta. One teenage male was shot and is in stable condition.

GBI Arrests Seven People in Home Invasion & Aggravated Assault Investigation

Cairo, GA (December 22, 2021) - The GBI has arrested seven people in a home invasion and aggravated assault investigation in Cairo, GA. Five of the seven arrested are under the age of 16.  The Cairo Police Department asked the GBI to provide investigative assistance on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at around 12:50 a.m., for an incident that happened on 4th Street in Cairo.

The victim in the case, an elderly woman, was awakened by the sound of someone breaking into her home.  She confronted the intruders who fired a weapon at her, hitting her at least one time.  The homeowner was also armed with a weapon and shot back at the intruders.  No evidence from the scene indicates any of the multiple intruders were hit.

The following men were arrested:

Dekalin Williams, age 17, of Baconton, GA

Jeremy Williams, age 17, of Cairo

Seven people are charged with Aggravated Assault, Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, Armed Robbery, Cruelty to an Elderly Person, Burglary, and Home Invasion.  Additional arrests and charges are possible in this case as agents continue to investigate.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Savannah

Savannah, GA (December 22, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Savannah, GA. The Savannah Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. One man, identified as Shawn Martin, 45, died. No officers were injured.

Preliminary information indicates that on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at around 8:30 p.m., Savannah police officers initiated a traffic stop on a stolen 2013 silver BMW X1 based on a Be on the Lookout (BOLO) from the Beaufort County (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Office. South Carolina authorities were investigating an aggravated assault incident where the victim suffered multiple skull fractures and had her car stolen. Police believed that Martin had the car.  

Officers did not find Martin in the car; however, the driver told officers that Martin was at the driver’s mother’s home. Subsequently, officers went to the home and received permission from the homeowner to search for Martin.

At 9:38 p.m., while searching the home, an officer opened a closet door when Martin came out swinging a knife. Officers gave verbal commands to drop the knife, but he did not comply. Two officers fired their weapons, both hitting Martin.  Officers administered first aid and Martin was taken to a local hospital in Savannah where he was pronounced dead.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Columbus

Columbus, GA (December 20, 2021) –  The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Columbus, GA.  The Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Wednesday, December 16, 2021.   One deputy was injured in this incident. 

The preliminary information indicates that on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at around 7:00 p.m., a Muscogee County deputy was stopped by a man who reported that his car had just been stolen from the Circle K gas station located at 7330 Veterans Parkway in Columbus, Georgia.  The man, a FedEx driver, had his package scanner in the car and deputies were able to track the car to the intersection of Toney Drive and Buford Avenue.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the stolen car with one deputy blocking the front of the truck and the other deputy behind it. The suspect backed the car into the rear deputy’s patrol car and then pulled forward, hitting a deputy in the leg.  Both deputies fired their handguns multiple times at the car as the suspect drove away.  The FedEx package scanner was later found at the intersection of Victory Drive and Engineer Drive.

Police recovered the abandoned stolen car on Thursday night, December 16, 2021.  The GBI determined that the car was hit twice with gunfire that did not penetrate the passenger compartment.  Police have not located or identified the suspect at this time.

The injured deputy was treated and released from the hospital.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Columbus

Columbus, GA (December 20, 2021) –  The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Columbus, GA. The Columbus Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Monday, December 20, 2021. One teen, age 16, was injured in this incident. No officers were injured.

The preliminary information indicates that on Sunday evening, December 19, 2021, a Columbus Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on the driver of a car for a traffic violation.  Immediately as the officer approached the driver’s side of the car, the driver (male) pointed a handgun at the officer. The officer retreated and there were no shots fired by the driver or officer. The driver of the car sped away from the scene and was not caught.

Later, Columbus Police Department officers were able to identify the driver of the car as a 16-year-old. Police obtained arrest warrants charging the teen with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a handgun (under 18 years old), and fleeing to elude police.

On December 20, 2021, at 11:36 a.m., a Columbus patrol officer recognized the car from the previous incident. The officer attempted to stop the car, but the driver (male) sped away and hit a car on Veterans Parkway. The driver abandoned his car and ran into the woods on Veterans Parkway. After a short search, an officer located the person, and he had a handgun. The officer gave him verbal commands to drop the handgun, but he did not comply. The officer fired her handgun, hitting the person in the leg. Police administered first aid and the person was taken to a local hospital in Columbus for treatment.  

Police later determined that the person was the 16-year-old involved in the December 19, 2021 incident.

Claxton Woman Arrested for Multiple Drug Charges

Claxton, GA (December 20, 2021) – After a joint drug investigation, GBI agents and Evans County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Mary Tillman, 50, of Claxton, GA for multiple drug charges.  On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SRDEO), the Evans County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, and Uniform Patrol Division executed a search warrant at 510 Union Church Road, Claxton, Evans County, Georgia.  Agents and investigators had previous information that people were selling controlled substances at that address.

After further investigation, police issued a search warrant on the home and seized methamphetamine, alprazolam, tramadol, approximately $3500.00 dollars, and drug-related paraphernalia consistent with distribution.

Tillman is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Related Objects, and Drugs Not in the Original Container.

Cindy Livingston, 36, of Claxton, Georgia, is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Related Objects, and Drugs Not in the Original Container.  She is not in custody yet.

GBI Investigates Child Death in Evans County - UPDATE

UPDATE:                                            

Claxton, GA (December 16, 2021) – On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Daequan Roberts, 21, of Claxton, GA, was arrested for the death of his girlfriend’s 10-month old baby boy that died from blunt force trauma injuries on November 29, 2021. Roberts is charged with Murder, Aggravated Battery, and Cruelty to Children. Roberts was taken into custody during a traffic stop by the Georgia State Patrol in Bulloch County based on arrest warrants previously obtained by the GBI. Roberts was booked into the Evans County Jail.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Claxton, GA (November 30, 2021) - The GBI is investigating the death of a 10-month old boy in Claxton, Georgia.  On Monday, November 29, 2021, at around 1:00 p.m., Evans County Sheriff Mac Edwards asked that agents in our Statesboro regional investigative office assist with this investigation.  The preliminary information indicates that at around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, the child’s mother’s boyfriend brought the child to Evans Memorial Hospital when the child became unresponsive.  Hospital personnel provided medical treatment, but the child died.  A GBI Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy at the GBI Crime Lab in Pooler.

Three Men Arrested in Muscogee County for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Columbus, GA (December 10, 2021) – On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, and Wednesday, December 8, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, with the assistance of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, executed four 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 Columbus, Muscogee County, GA.