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3 arrested in gang-related shooting
Vehicles damaged, but no one injured
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Deonte Coker, Jerimaih Bates and Anthony Bates

A gang-related shooting near Clito on Sunday ended in the arrests of three men. Two vehicles were damaged in the gunfire, but no one was injured, said Bulloch County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins.

Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, "deputies responded to the area of Highway 301 North near Old River Road for a call of shots fired between vehicles," he said.

There were six people in the cars, three of whom were juveniles, he said.

The suspect vehicle, a white Dodge Dart, apparently continued toward Statesboro on Highway 301 North, turning onto Veteran's Memorial Parkway before being seen by Master Deputy Jeff Thompson, Akins said.

"Thompson pursued the car onto East Main Street, observing it to be occupied by several suspects. At the intersection of Packinghouse Road, one male subject jumped out of the vehicle and abandoned a handgun, which was recovered by Thompson," Akins said.

Other deputies responded to the scene, as well as Statesboro police officers, but they lost contact with the male suspect and the car as it fled the area, he said.

Investigator John Quattlebaum and members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team, along with sheriff's deputies and Statesboro police officers, continued investigating throughout the night and identified three suspects: Deonte Coker, 25, of Lanier Drive; Jerimaih Bates, 31, of Stambuk Lane; and Anthony Bates, 24, of Lanier Drive.

"Deonte Coker was wanted by Statesboro police on unrelated charges, and Anthony Bates had been arrested and extradited to Fulton County by the Crime Suppression Team in December" and was apparently out on bond, Akins said.

All three were taken into custody during the evening by the combined efforts of all three agencies involved.

Coker is charged with aggravated assault (six counts), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, criminal street gang activity, discharge of a firearm on a public highway, obstruction and criminal trespass (a Statesboro police warrant.)

Jerimaih Bates faces charges of aggravated assault (six counts), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, criminal street gang activity, discharge of a firearm on a public highway and obstruction.

Anthony Bates is charged with aggravated assault (six counts), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, criminal street gang activity, discharge of a firearm on a public highway, obstruction, fleeing/attempting to elude and reckless driving

"The motivation for the shooting appears to be personal," Akins said. "However, there are indications that gang activity also played a part in the crime. The successful conclusion of this case is yet another example of the strong cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Bulloch County."

All suspects are being held at the Bulloch County Jail without bond, pending further judicial hearings.

Anyone with information on this case should contact Quattlebaum at (912) 764-1785.

 

 

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