About 3:30 Saturday morning, Lowndes County E-911 took multiple emergency calls about shots fired at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Baytree Drive.
Police responded, and found numerous shell casings. Witnesses told them that two people were shooting at each other in the parking lot.
Soon, two people called 911 from the 400 block of East Jane Street, saying their car had been shot at when they were in the apartment complex on Baytree Drive.
Police questioned Jabarri Brown and Travis Rutledge, whose vehicle had been shot several times, and both had multiple inconsistencies in their stories. Both of them had guns, which matched the caliber of the spent shell casings in the parking lot.
Both were detained for further investigation.
Police were also looking for a dark BMW that was seen leaving the complex, and soon, a Lowndes Co. Sheriff’s Deputy reported a disabled vehicle near the intersection of Knights Academy Road and Bemiss Road. It was a dark colored BMW, with several bullet holes in it.
Police talked to the driver of that car, Leon Gooden, who had a gun of the same caliber of the casings found at the apartment. Police said he attempted to dispose of evidence, and was detained.
"These incidents are senseless and will not be tolerated," said VPD Chief Brian Childress. "We appreciate the assistance of Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the witnesses who helped us bring these offenders to justice."
All three men were taken to jail and face multiple charges:
Jabarri Brown: Felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon-Party to a Crime Felony False Statements or Writings Misdemeanor Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer
Travvon Rutledge: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Felony Possession of Firearm or Knife During Commission of a Crime Felony False Statements or Writings Misdemeanor Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer
Leon Gooden: Misdemeanor Tampering with Evidence Misdemeanor Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer
"The Valdosta Police Department’s uniformed officers and detectives have been working nonstop on investigating and arresting the offenders of the recent violent crime. VPD is grateful for the witnesses in this case who spoke with officers to report the incident," said VPD Lieutenant Adam Bembry.