Hartwell woman arrested on suspicion of homicide

A 30-year-old Hartwell woman has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 39-year-old Jermaine Edward Maxwell.

On Monday, February 22, 2021, the GBI and the Hartwell Police Department arrested Brittany Traneese in connection with Maxwell’s death.

According to the GBI, agents were requested to investigate an incident involving a man, later identified as Maxwell, who had been discovered with a single gunshot wound and unresponsive inside a residence in the City of Hartwell. Police and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene, and Maxwell was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Initial information indicated that Maxwell had been discovered by Traneese and that the identity of the shooter was unknown. Agents, along with investigators of the Hartwell Police Department, say they determined that the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute and arrested Traneese.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact the Hartwell Police Department at (706) 856-3226 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at (706) 552-2309.

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.

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