GBI Arrests Damascus Man in Blakely Party Shooting Case

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has arrested and charged Alphonso Alemayehu Thomas, aged 23, of Damascus, GA, with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.

According to the investigation, on Saturday, April 13, 2024, around 11:20 p.m., officers from the Blakely Police Department responded to a report of gunshots at a party on Westview Drive in Blakely. Upon arrival, officers found a man with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Alabama for further medical attention.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Sylvester at 229-777-2080, or the Blakely Police Department at 229-723-3414. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.  

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to the Pataula District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.