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GBI arrests Georgia man for shooting 18-year-old

WAYCROSS – A 19-year-old Georgia man was arrested by the GBI for reckless use of a firearm, causing the shooting death of an 18-year-old.

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The GBI has arrested and charged 19-year-old Austin Pittman of Waycross, Georgia with manslaughter and reckless conduct in connection with the death of 18-year-old Landon Bashlor of Waycross, GA. On Sunday, May 26, 2024, the Ware County Sheriff's Office requested that the GBI investigate.

The investigation shows that Pittman was reckless with the gun, causing the gun to discharge and Bashlor to die. Someone called 911 and reported that Bashlor had been shot in a car in the 3400 block of Albany Highway in Waycross. Officers responded and found him dead in the car.

A GBI medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Douglas at (912) 389-4103 or the Ware County Sheriff's Office at (912) 287-4326. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by phone at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at or by downloading the “See Something, Send Something” mobile app.

Once the investigation is complete, the file will be turned over to the Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office for review and prosecution.

Anna Harden

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