GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in DeKalb County

Lithonia, GA (December 2, 2021) –  The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lithonia, GA.  The DeKalb County Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.  One man died in the incident. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Ben Hill County, GA

Rochelle, GA (December 2, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Rochelle, Ben Hill County, GA. The Ben Hill County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI conduct an independent investigation of the incident on December 1, 2021. One man is shot and in stable condition.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Clayton County

Update: The suspect has been identified as Arthur Allen Gilliam, age 35, of Rex, GA.

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Rex, GA (December 1, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Rex, GA.  The Clayton County Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.  One Clayton County Police Officer identified as Henry Laxson, 2 women, and one man have died.  One Clayton County Police Officer was injured.  

The preliminary information indicates that at 8:38 p.m., the Clayton County Police Department received 911 calls about a domestic disturbance at 3668 Jervis Court, Rex, Clayton County, Georgia.  As officers were responding to the scene, additional 911 calls indicated that shots had been fired.  When officers arrived, they encountered an armed man who shot and killed Clayton County Police Department Officer Henry Laxson and wounded another Clayton County Police Department officer.  Officers on scene returned fire, hitting the man, who died on scene.  Officers later determined that the man had just shot and killed two women and also shot a 12 year-old boy in the face just prior to officers arriving.  Officer Laxson was taken to Piedmont Henry Hospital where he died.  The injured officer was taken to a local area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  The GBI will perform an autopsy on the suspect in the triple shooting investigation. 

Berrien County Registered Sex Offender Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Ray City, GA (November 29, 2021) – On Tuesday, November 23, 2021, Curtis Dwayne Watson, age 60, of Ray City, Berrien County, GA, was arrested and charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Watson’s online activity after receiving two cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession and distribution of images depicting child sexual abuse material (CSAM). This investigation led to a search warrant at Watson’s home, where digital devices were searched and seized, and Watson was arrested. The GBI Douglas Office and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office assisted in executing the search warrant. Watson is a registered sex offender in Berrien County.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs, GA (November 19, 2021) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an officer involved shooting investigation in Sandy Springs. On Friday, November 19, 2021, the Sandy Springs Police Department (SSPD) asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate an officer involved shooting in the area of Cameron Glen Drive in Sandy Springs, GA that resulted in the shooting of Matthew Lanz, 22, of Cobb County.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Byron

Byron, GA (November 18, 2021)The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Byron, Crawford County, GA. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 5:55 p.m. Kevin Mark Soles, Jr. died in the incident. No officers were injured.

GBI Makes Arrest in 2015 Jenkins County Murder

Millen, GA (November 17, 2021) – On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the GBI arrested and charged Teresa Kim Mobley, 53, of Millen, GA, with one count of Murder, in connection to the death of Kenith Scott, in Millen, Jenkins County, GA. Scott, 52, was found stabbed to death his apartment on June 2, 2015.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in LaGrange

LaGrange, GA (November 17, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in LaGrange, GA.  The LaGrange Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 8:00 A.M.  One person died in the incident.

The preliminary information indicates that on Monday, November 15, 2021, LaGrange Police Department officers responded to 118 Sunny Point Circle to conduct a welfare check on Brian Jessee, age 39, and his two children.  After an initial investigation, the two children were removed from the home.  Later, Jessee threatened a LaGrange police officer which led to police obtaining felony arrest warrants on Jessee for the threats. 

GBI Arrests Chief Deputy of Worth County Sheriff’s Office

Sylvester, GA (November 16, 2021) – On Monday, November 15, 2021, the GBI arrested Worth County Chief Deputy Raymond Drennen, age 60, and charged him with one count of Violation of Oath by Public Officer, one count of Terroristic Threats and Acts, and one count of Cruelty to Children in the 3rd Degree.  Worth County Sheriff Don Whittaker asked the GBI to investigate a domestic incident that happened at Drennen’s home.  Sheriff Whittaker made the request earlier in the day.

Drennen was taken to the Worth County Jail.  This criminal investigation is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Sylvester at 229-777-2080.   

GBI Arrests Former Youth Pastor for Sexual Exploitation Charges

On Monday, November 15, 2021, the GBI arrested Steve Macallin Thomas, 22, of Garfield, GA.  Thomas is charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation and two counts of Sexual Battery. These charges stem from a GBI investigation at the request of the Candler County Sheriff’s Office.  The victims that have been identified so far were children under the age of 15 at the time of the incidents.

Thomas is a former Youth Pastor at the Restoration Worship Center in Metter, GA.  He turned himself in to the Candler County Jail on Monday evening.

This criminal investigation is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Statesboro at 912-871-1121.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.