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Second arrest made in Rolling Ridge shootout

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

Quatavious Malik Borders

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was arrested this week in connection with a shootout five months ago at Rolling Ridge Apartments in which he was wounded.

Quatavious Malik Borders, 22, of Acadia Drive, was arrested Wednesday on warrants charging him with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was also charged with felony probation violations stemming from burglary convictions, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

The shootout was reported to police at 12:50 a.m. Sept. 5.

Officers initially responded to Rolling Ridge Apartments on a report of someone named “Snoop” waving a gun around during an altercation and while en route they received an update that multiple 911 callers reported shots being fired, according to a police incident report.

Upon arrival, officers learned that Snoop was a nickname for Borders, who they found lying on the floor of an apartment, suffering from gunshot wounds to his arm and foot, according to the report.

A witness reportedly told officers they saw Borders and 30-year-old Tishauwn Taquan Mahaffey fighting outside of Building 7, and that Borders pushed Mahaffey into some bushes “and began firing rounds at him with a handgun.”

Tishauwn Taquan Mahaffey

The witness said that Mahaffey then chased Borders toward Building 12 while firing a handgun at the other man, according to the police report.

In front of a breezeway at Building 12, officers located spent bullet cartridge casings, some live rounds, and the beginning of a blood trail that led to Border’s apartment.

"Preliminarily, we know that Borders shot at Mahaffey first. Borders was then shot by Mahaffey. We’re still looking closely at the particulars of the case. said Capt. Christopher Nichols, commanding officer of the Athens-Clarke County police Criminal Investigations Division said at the time.

On Friday, Nichols said that warrants for Borders were issued about a week after the shooting, but he was not immediately arrested due to him receiving medical treatment for the gunshot wounds.

The warrants were turned over to the sheriff's office.

Mahaffey was arrested four days after the shooting, on warrants charging him with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with a felony probation violation stemming a previous drug-related conviction.

The Rolling Ridge incident marked the second time Mahaffey had allegedly shot someone in less than three months' time.

According to police, Mahaffey, who they previously identified as a member of the NBA (Never Broke Again) street gang, on June 23 shot and seriously injured a female bystander who was watching an altercation between Mahaffey and another person at Berlin Street Apartments in which a 28-year-old woman was seriously injured when struck by a bullet.

He was charged with aggravated assault for that incident.

Mahaffey and Borders were both being held without bail at the Clarke County Jail.

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