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Breakthrough in Dollar General Murder Case: Suspect Arrested Nearly Two Years After the Tragic Incident

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A murder suspect has been captured by the Columbus Police Department, marking a significant development nearly two years after a fatal shooting at a Dollar General store. Charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime against 19-year-old Kentarius Cooper are currently pending in relation to the event that resulted in the death of 27-year-old Gary Brown. Local authorities conducted a thorough investigation prior to making the arrest.

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Long-Awaited Arrest

After a shooting incident on February 14, 2022, at the Dollar General on Amber Drive, where Gary Brown sustained a gunshot wound to the head, officers responded promptly. Despite efforts to save him, Brown succumbed to his injuries two days later at Piedmont Columbus Regional. The lack of immediate arrests left the community in suspense until now.

The crime unfolded around 3:30 p.m., creating a chaotic scene at the 900 block of Amber Drive. The Dollar General store became a focal point of the investigation, with detectives taking charge to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The tragic incident left the community shocked, and the quest for justice began.

After months of diligent investigative work, authorities established probable cause on January 4, 2024, leading to the issuance of arrest warrants for Kentarius Cooper. The breakthrough reignited hope for closure among the victim’s family and the Columbus community. The details surrounding the probable cause remain a critical aspect of the ongoing investigation.

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Community Response and Healing

Cooper was caught by law enforcement on January 12, 2024, which was a significant step in the right direction for Gary Brown and his bereaved family. On Wednesday, January 17, at eight in the morning, Cooper is scheduled to appear in Recorder’s Court. The testimony and other evidence that connect Cooper to the crime will be made clear by the court processes.

The Columbus community is feeling a range of feelings following Kentarius Cooper’s arrest, including relief and a restored sense of security. The community wants responsibility, closure, and openness as the case moves through the legal system. The much-needed accomplishment serves as a reminder of how committed law enforcement is to providing victims of horrific crimes with justice.

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