SPARTA, Ga. — An 18-year-old Eatonton teen has been arrested by local and state authorities in connection with a Labor Day shooting that left his ex-girlfriend and an older man wounded in Hancock County.

Authorities made an arrest in the case a short time after the shooting happened on Library Drive on the outskirts of Sparta shortly after midnight.

The suspect was identified as Darius Jermon Reaves, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Mary Chandler, who is the assistant agent in-charge of the Region 6 Office in Milledgeville.

Reaves, who was taken into custody without incident at his parents’ home in Eatonton early Monday, Chandler told The Union-Recorder during a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon. The officers included agents with GBI, as well as Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ricky Brown, and officers with the Eatonton Police Department.

The suspect, who is being held in the Hancock County Law Enforcement Center in Sparta, was charged with one count of aggravated assault, Chandler said.

The more seriously injured of the two gunshot victims, identified as a 16-year-old from Eatonton, was initially taken to The Medical Center Navicent Health in Macon, according to Chandler. The victim was later transferred from the Macon hospital to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

The other victim, meanwhile, was identified as Robert Williams, 33, of Siloam in neighboring Greene County. He was also treated at The Medical Center Navicent Health. He since has been released from the hospital.

Chandler said an officer with the Sparta Police Department stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at about 12:07 a.m. and later discovered that two of the people inside the vehicle had sustained gunshot wounds. Other people in the vehicle subsequently provided information to the police officer about the shooting and where it took place.

Information also was provided to police as to who the suspect was by name, Chandler said.

Shortly after police received the information, deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers from the Sparta Police Department went to the scene of the shooting and secured it until GBI agents arrived to process the crime scene, Chandler said, noting that the state law enforcement agency was called in to assist the sheriff’s office with the shooting investigation.

Chandler said a preliminary investigation revealed that Reaves had attended a party on Library Drive just outside Sparta where his ex-girlfriend and Williams had gone.

Following the shooting, Reaves left the scene.

No additional details on the investigation were made public as of press time Tuesday afternoon.

Chandler expressed appreciation to law enforcement agencies for their assistance in the investigation. Those agencies included the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Sparta Police Department, Eatonton Police Department, Milledgeville Police Department and Navicent Health Police Department.

Authorities still are seeking information about the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 706-444-6471 or the GBI Region 6 Office in Milledgeville at 478-445-4173.





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