Arrest made in shooting of 80-year-old man at a Georgia funeral home

September 8, 2023
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Months after an 80-year-old Dawson man was found shot at a local funeral home, authorities have arrested a suspect.

Latrenzo Brown, 24, was taken into custody on September 7 by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Dawson Police Department. He faces charges of aggravated assault and exploitation and intimidation of an elder person.

The initial incident occurred on January 23 at Albritten’s Funeral Services on 795 Cedar Hill Ave SE. Responding officers discovered the victim suffering from a gunshot wound and transported him to Phoebe-Putney Hospital in Albany for treatment.

Brown is currently held at Terrell County Jail, pending further investigation.

Those with information regarding this case are urged to contact the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Sylvester at 229-777-2080 or the Dawson Police Department at (229) 995-4414. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online or via the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

The charges levied against Brown are severe and could result in significant prison time under Georgia law. The arrest marks a significant development in a case that has left the community and the victim’s family awaiting justice.

⚠️ Reminder: Crime articles contain only charges and information from police reports and law enforcement statements. Suspects and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

👮‍♂️ Gun Crimes in Our Communities: In the ongoing narrative of America’s complex relationship with firearms, statistics tell a tale that’s difficult to ignore. The Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit meticulously tracking gun incidents, lays it out in black and white. Here’s how it stacks up:

  • 2020 Statistics
    • Total gun-related incidents: 43,551
    • Gun-related deaths: 19,379
    • Gun-related injuries: 39,707
    • Mass shootings: 612
  • 2019 Statistics
    • Total gun-related incidents: 39,707
    • Gun-related deaths: 15,208
    • Gun-related injuries: 29,613
    • Mass shootings: 417

To Be Clear: These aren’t just digits on a page. Each statistic represents a life affected, a community shaken. And what’s more, these numbers tell us that the situation isn’t improving.

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