Update: Cuthbert teen arrested in shooting incident

Update: Cuthbert teen arrested in shooting incident
Ontario Tamplin is 19 years old (Source: Randolph Co. Sheriff)

CUTHBERT, Ga. (WALB) - A Cuthbert man is in a wheelchair after being shot by a man who’s now in Randolph County Jail.

The victim, 24-year-old Antrez Pope, said he may not be walking right now, but he’s thankful to be alive.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested 19-year-old Ontario Tamplin on Friday.

Antrez Pope said this was an on-going issue with him and Ontario Tamplin.
Antrez Pope said this was an on-going issue with him and Ontario Tamplin. (Source: WALB)

Cuthbert Police Department requested the GBI to investigate a shooting near Iris Gardens Park in Cuthbert on March 9.

Cuthbert police officers found Pope suffering from a gunshot wound at his residence.

Pope said the incident was part of an on-going issue between him and Tamplin. He claimed Tamplin would constantly try to provoke him. Pope said he tried to find out what Tamplin was upset about, but Tamplin shot him instead.

Pope said he was shot in the groin area and limped home. He said Tamplin walked away after.

Pope’s girlfriend called police when she saw his injury.

According to GBI, Pope was transported to Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany for treatment.

Pope left the hospital Friday afternoon, saying doctors told him he will walk again.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Cuthbert Police Department at (229) 732-2323 or the GBI Sylvester Field Office at (229) 777-2080.

Tips can also be submitted by calling 1 (800) 597-TIPS(8477), online, or by downloading the ‘See Something, Send Something’ mobile app.

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