UPDATE: Arrest made in connection to Fort Valley fatal shooting of 8-year-old boy

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FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Fort Valley man was arrested in Alabama for terroristic threats in connection to the fatal shooting an eight-year-old boy.

According to the Fort Valley Department of Public Safety, a warrant for terroristic threats was issued for 25-year-old Dennis Eason. He was caught in Birmingham, Alabama at the Grey Hound Bus station trying to get on a bus. Authorities say he is being held in Birmingham and will be transported back to Fort Valley.

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This arrest comes after eight-year-old Jaimel Anderson was shot at the Indian Oaks apartment complex Tuesday around 1:40 a.m. Officers found Anderson lying unconscious inside the apartment. He was shot several time in the upper torso. The child was sent to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Chief Lawrence Spurgeon tells 41NBC Eason’s arrest "evolved" from the shooting investigation. He says they have "persons of interest" in connection to the shooting investigation, but couldn’t release any other details.

The Fort Valley Police Department and the GBI executed a search warrant at the crime scene as part of the initial investigation. Investigators found cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen firearm. No one has been charged yet, but authorities expect charges will be forth coming.



Spurgeon stated, “Detectives from the Fort Valley Police Department are being assisted by the South East Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Peach County Drug Enforcement Unit, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, and Crimestoppers. The investigation is ongoing.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at (478) 825-3384.


FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – An 8-year-old boy died early this morning, after he was shot several times inside an apartment in Fort Valley.

Officers found Jaimel Anderson lying unconscious inside an Indian Oaks apartment.

The child was taken to the Peach County Medical Center where he later died. 

Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks says Jaimel died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and left leg.

"This investigation is ongoing, and more details will be released in time," said Fort Valley Police Chief Charles Spurgeon.

J.T. Ricketson with the GBI office in Perry tells 41NBC the agency is assisting with the investigation. He says investigators collected evidence, including projectiles, and found bullet holes inside the apartment. He adds there were "multiple" gunshots that happened at the scene.