Alleged downtown Athens shooter formally charged in Court


Brandon Daqwon Cobbs

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was charged Wednesday in Clarke County Superior Court for allegedly shooting at an occupied car on a downtown street about three months ago.

Brandon Cobbs, 24, of Woodridge Circle was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of terroristic acts and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The offenses were spelled out in a charging document called an “accusation” that was filed by the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

Athens-Clarke County police, however provided a much more detailed account of what Cobbs allegedly did.

According to police, shortly after 2 a.m. on Feb. 26 Cobbs fired 26 shots from a handgun at a black sedan that was driving on East Clayton Street near College Avenue. N injuries were reported. Police noted at the time the incident could have resulted in multiple injuries because people were leaving the many bars in the area.

Police did not disclose how they identified Cobbs as the alleged shooter, but after nearly two weeks of investigation, on March 11, they arrested Cobbs on warrants charging him with the same crimes as alleged in the DA’s accusation.

Also on Wednesday, Western Circuit Chief Judge Eric Norris granted Cobbs a $17,500 good security bond, with the conditions he have no contact with the victims, is barred from downtown Athens and cannot possess a firearm.

Police on Thursday said they had yet to identify the person who, after the shooting, picked up Cobbs in a white van.


Surveillance camera image of the van used in connection with a shooting in downtown Athens on Feb. 26.

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