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Convicted killer arrested for shooting gun in Athens

Updated: Aug 3, 2021

Dusty Antonio Anderson

By Joe Johnson

A convicted killer was recently arrested after someone reported seeing him shooting a gun into a wooded area off Winterville Road near Lexington Road, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

The witness called police at 8:50 p.m. Thursday to report seeing a black male wearing a white shirt and gray shorts, with his hair having short dreadlocks shooting a gun into the woods, according to the report.

When Sgt. Clint Dieball saw a man fitting the description of the shooter, later identified as 34-year-old Dusty Antonio Anderson of Riverview Apartments on College Avenue, the suspect ran into some bushes but was the officer quickly found and arrested him, a gun located in the immediate area.

Anderson denied shooting a gun and said he was with other people who were with him that were shooting, but the police report indicated that the suspect was by himself.

Anderson was arrested for reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office placed a hold on him due to a probation violation that stemmed from an involuntary manslaughter conviction.

According to published reports, Anderson killed a man with his bare hands during a fight in Bowman in 2013.

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