GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Cobb County

(December 18, 2020) UPDATE: The subject has been identified as Johnny Bolton, 49, of Austell. The warrant executed was a no-knock warrant.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Smyrna, GA (December 17, 2020) – On Thursday, December 17, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Former McDonough Police Major Arrested on Theft Charges and Violation of Oath of Office

McDonough, Henry County Georgia (December 15, 2020) – On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, former McDonough Police Department Major/Commander of the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force, Chad Rosborough, age 47, of Meansville, GA, was arrested on 3 Counts of Theft by Taking and 2 counts of Violation of Oath of Office.  Rosborough was subsequently booked into the Henry County Jail.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Clayton County

(Clayton County, GA) - On Sunday, December 13, 2020, the GBI was requested by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 5:35 pm, the Clayton County Police Department and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office were responding to a shots fired call related to a domestic incident on 7632 Ward Lane, Jonesboro, GA.  A Clayton County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene first and encountered a female, later identified as Twanetta Griffey, age 36, of Stone Mountain, in the 7600 block of Ward Ave, Jonesboro, GA.  During the encounter, Griffey was shot by the deputy.  Griffey was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  A gun was located in close proximity to Griffey.

Drug Arrests in North Georgia

Gainesville, GA (December 11, 2020) - On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, several arrests were made across numerous counties in North Georgia as the culmination of a year-long investigation conducted by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Community Supervision, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Major Offender’s Task Force, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office.

GBI Arrests Eatonton Police Chief for Battery

Milledgeville, GA (December 11, 2020) – On Friday, December 11, 2020, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence, age 61, for two counts of Simple Battery and one count of Battery. 

On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, the GBI Region 6 (Milledgevile) office was requested by the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen Bradley to conduct an investigation regarding allegations that Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence used excessive force against a female, in custody at the Eatonton Police Department.  The GBI Region 6 office immediately began conducting the investigation. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Savannah, GA

December 10, 2020 Update - The deceased man has been identified as Oldrich Fejfar, age 67. 

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Savannah,  GA (December 5,  2020) – On Saturday, December 5, 2020, the GBI was requested by the Savannah Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred in Savannah, GA.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 8:30 a.m., Savannah Police Department officers responded to a homeless camp located in an area near Fulton Road and Navajo Road.  The officers were on scene following a request from land owners that homeless persons be removed from private property.  As officers approached the location of the last known homeless person located in a tent, the homeless man exited the tent in an aggressive manner holding a razor knife and another sharp object.  The man failed to drop the weapons and obey officers’ orders.  Two officers were able to retreat to a safe location.  One officer was not able to retreat and was backed into an area, eventually discharging his firearm at the man charging toward him with the weapon.

Conyers Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Conyers, GA (December 10, 2020) – On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Newton County resident, Carlos Porter, age 21, was charged with the Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) in violation of O.C.G.A 16-12-100(b)(8) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Porter’s online activity after receiving a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the upload of suspected child pornography by Porter using a popular social media application.  A search of Porter’s home and electronic devices produced evidence which led to the arrest of Porter on December 8, 2020. Porter was taken into custody and booked into the Newton County Jail.

Arrest Made in Telfair County Homicide Investigation

McRae-Helena, GA – On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Westly Jacob Moore, age 27, of Vidalia, was arrested in Albany, Georgia for felony murder and aggravated assault for the death of John Cory Godsey, age 33, of Milan. 

On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Eastman Office was requested by the Telfair County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a death investigation.  John Corey Godsey was discovered dead on Milan-Helena Road in rural Telfair County on this day.

GBI Receives National Recognition for the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center

The GBI is proud to announce two recognitions for the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC).  On December 10, 2020, GBI Special Agent in Charge Ryan Carmichael was named Fusion Center Director of the Year for 2020.  GISAC was named one of two Fusion Centers of the Year for 2020.  Each year, the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) holds its annual training conference and awards ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia. This year, GISAC attended it virtually and listened to presentations from the NFCA’s closest Federal partners including FBI Director Chris Wray, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, and others, along with a briefing on current threat trends.  “These are tremendous honors that speak volumes about SAC Carmichael and his leadership at GISAC,” said Director Reynolds. “Everyone who is, or who has been assigned to the unit this year, has done a tremendous job.  We are so proud of Ryan and his team.”

 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Douglasville

Douglasville, GA (December 8, 2020) – On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, the GBI Atlanta Regional Office was requested by the Douglasville Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 4:05 a.m., an officer on routine patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express, 7101 Concourse Parkway, Douglasville, Douglas County, Georgia. The officer made contact with two subjects in the vehicle, later identified as Zion Dorsett, 21 of Lithonia, and Christopher Wilson, 31 of East Point. A second officer arrived on scene. After a brief conversation, officers determined that the tag on the vehicle was not registered to that vehicle and the vehicle had been stolen. As officers were speaking to Dorsett and Wilson, the vehicle backed up abruptly up an embankment. As officers attempted to take Dorsett and Wilson into custody, the vehicle drove aggressively towards the officers. An officer discharged his firearm, striking the vehicle. The vehicle exited the parking lot, drove a short distance down the road, drove off a large embankment, and came to rest in the area of Sam’s Club, 6995 Concourse Parkway. After a brief foot chase, both Dorsett and Wilson were taken into custody. Neither the subjects nor the officers sustained any injuries.