GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Bartow County

Cartersville, GA (May 11, 2021) – On Monday, May 10, 2021, the GBI was requested by the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Arrest Made in Remerton Aggravated Assault Investigation

Remerton, GA (May 10, 2021) – On Thursday, May 6, 2021, Quinton Wright, 26, was arrested in Murfreesboro, TN by the U.S. Marshals Service. Wright is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer. On April 20, 2021, the GBI was requested by the Remerton Police Department to assist with an aggravated assault investigation that occurred in the parking lot of Mulligan’s Sports Pub at 1919 Baytree Place, Remerton, Lowndes County, GA.

GBI Investigates Gang Activity in Ware County

Waycross, GA (May 8, 2021) – On Friday, May 7, 2021, the GBI Region 4 Douglas Office initiated an investigation regarding gang related crimes occurring in the Garlington Heights and Ware Manor Apartments in Waycross, Ware County, Georgia. Information was received from the public, Waycross Police Department, Ware County Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS). GBI Region 4 and GBI Gang Task Force agents, Waycross Police Department Special Operations Unit, Ware County Drug Investigators, and DCS officers conducted investigative acts that led investigators to document Bloods, BOA, G-Shyne, Ghost Face, and Gangster Disciples gang activity in the above listed housing areas. As a result, the investigating agencies, along with the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Corrections, and Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice initiated searches for wanted persons and apartments located in the Garlington Heights and Ware Manor Apartment complexes and other locations.

Mitchell County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Pelham, GA (May 7, 2021) – On Thursday, May 6, 2021, Pelham County resident, Leon Robert Tinsley III, age 45, was charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Tinsley’s online activity after receiving Cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession of images depicting child pornography. This investigation led to a search warrant at Tinsley’s home in Pelham, Mitchell County, Georgia, and the subsequent arrest of Tinsley on May 6, 2021. The GBI CEACC Unit was assisted in the execution of their search warrant by the Pelham Police Department and the GBI Thomasville Regional Field Office.

Arrest in Johnson County Homicide Investigation

(Johnson County, GA – May 7, 2021) - On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the GBI secured arrest warrants for Daniel Payton Brinson, age 22, of Harrison, Washington County, Georgia for two counts of malice murder. The charges stem from the murders of Destiney Hope Kight and Charlie Jaylon Garrett. The investigation revealed that Brinson was a known associate of Garrett. 

GBI Conducts Murder Investigation in Butts County

Jackson, GA (May 5, 2021) –  On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the Jackson Police Department and the GBI arrested Justin Tyler Davenport, age 22, of Jackson and charged him with Murder.  Davenport was booked into the Butts County Detention Center. 

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the GBI was requested by the Jackson Police Department to assist with a murder investigation. At approximately 6:09 p.m., the Butts County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a 911 call regarding a person who was shot and not breathing in the Ingles parking lot in Jackson, Georgia.  Deputies responded to the area and discovered Terry Don Crawford, age 47, of Jackson, deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.

Enhanced Law Enforcement Agency Collaboration through the Georgia Terrorism Intelligence Project

Last month, law enforcement agencies from across Georgia participated in the annual Georgia Terrorism Intelligence Project (GTIP) training at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, co-hosted by the Athens Clarke County Police Department. GBI Director Vic Reynolds addressed participants thanking them for their service and participation in the program which promotes partnership, collaboration and information sharing. The training had representation from 18 state and local law enforcement agencies and featured presentations and panel discussions concerning the domestic extremist threat.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Camden County

Woodbine, GA (May 4, 2021) - On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the GBI was requested by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 4:51 a.m., the Camden County Sheriff’s Office was executing a drug related search warrant in the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 17 in Woodbine, GA. Law enforcement knocked and announced themselves before making entry into the residence. Upon entry, there was an exchange of gunfire between the occupants of the residence, identified as Varshawn Lamont Brown, age 46, and Latoya Denise James, age 37, and law enforcement. During the incident, Brown was injured and transported to the hospital. James was shot and died at the scene.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once completed, it will be turned over to the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

GBI Investigating Houston County Deaths

Centerville, GA (May 4, 2021) – On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Centerville Police Department to conduct a death investigation.   

Preliminary information indicates that at 8:52 a.m., the Centerville Police Department received a call in reference to a person being shot. The caller was identified as Timothy Price, age 41, of Byron, Georgia. Price reported that he had shot his wife and needed help. Price’s wife was identified as Katherine Price, age 36, of Warner Robins, Georgia. When officers arrived on scene at 100 Arbor Creek, Centerville, Houston County, Georgia, they attempted to make contact with someone inside the residence, but they did not get a response. The Centerville Police Department then requested Houston County Special Response Team (SRT) for assistance. After several attempts were made to communicate with Timothy Price, SRT entered the home and found Timothy and Katherine Price both deceased from gunshot wounds.

Gwinnett County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Lawrenceville, GA (May 3, 2021) – On Friday, April 30, 2021, Gwinnett County resident, Travis Clark, age 24, was charged with five counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) and Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. Clark was also charged with two counts of Manufacturing and Possession of Marijuana on this same date by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Clark’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession and dissemination of images depicting child sexual abuse material. This investigation led to contact with Clark at his home and a subsequent search warrant at that home in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on April 30, 2021. With the assistance of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, a search of Clark’s residence was conducted resulting in the discovery of marijuana being grown at the residence and content depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Another occupant of the residence, Keith Whitaker, was also charged with two counts of Manufacturing and Possession of Marijuana by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.