CHERRY LOG, GA – According to recent information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), an arrest has been made in relation to the shooting death of Charles Patrick Thurman, 26, of Ellijay.
Brenton Thaddeus Pastuzka, 27, of Ellijay, was arrested earlier today, July 26, on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The GBI has stated the charges are a direct result of the investigation of the death, but the investigation is still continuing onward.
The GBI’s full news release states:
On Thursday, July 20, 2017 at approximately 4:00 AM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a death investigation. At approximately 3:30 AM, a 911 call for assistance in reference to a shooting was received by the Gilmer County 911 Center. Deputies responded to a location near River Hill Rd. where they found Charles Patrick Thurman, 26, of Ellijay, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. The person responsible for shooting Thurman has been identified. The shooting appears to be the result of a domestic dispute.
On Wednesday, July, 26, 2017, Brenton Pastuszka, 27, of Ellijay, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. These charges were taken as a result of the investigation into the shooting death of Charles Patrick Thurman. Pastuszka was the other person involved in the domestic dispute which resulted in Thurman’s death. The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of the investigation it will be submitted to the District Attorney for review and prosecution.
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December 28, 2015, at approximately 11:30 pm, Gilmer Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 74 Brook Hollow Circle in reference to a male subject being shot. Upon their arrival, deputies found Andrew Abernathy inside the residence. He had been shot and was deceased. Gilmer Sheriff’s detectives and agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded and began an investigation into the death of Abernathy.
Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson releases the following information approximately an hour ago, December 31st 2015. Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office announced three arrests in the Gilmer County murder investigation, which began Monday night. The three arrested are as follows:
-Joseph Ledford of Jasper, Ga, is arrested and is charged with murder and armed robbery.
-Tyler Nunez of Acworth, Ga, is arrested and is charged with murder and armed robbery.
-Justin Heard of Marietta, Ga, is arrested and is charged with murder and armed robbery.
The arrests of these three individuals began around midnight, December 31, 2015.
Sheriff Nicholson states, “I am very happy that we could announce these arrests prior to the end of the year 2015. The joint investigation consisting of Gilmer Sheriff’s deputies/detectives and GBI Region 8 special agents was truly one of the biggest examples of hard work, long hours, excellent police work and, most of all, teamwork that I have ever witnessed in my career. A huge deal of credit belongs to the tremendous assistance of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, Acworth Police Dept and the Marietta Police Departments.”
At this point, all three individuals arrested remain in jail. The investigation will continue to tie up loose ends and further charges may arise before it’s over.
NO FURTHER INFORMATION CAN OR WILL BE RELEASED AT THIS POINT. FYN will update as more information becomes available.
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