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Hinesville Police investigate shooting death
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By Lewis Levine.

Hinesville police are investigating a shooting incident which has led to the death of Trental Jaquan Henderson, 23, at an apartment complex on Saunders Ave in Hinesville early Sunday morning.

According to Hinesville police Chief of Detectives, William Oberlander, the shooting occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. at the Harbor Rain apartment complex.

Officers from the Hinesville Police Department were dispatched to the complex on a disturbance call and upon their arrival they discovered Henderson suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Henderson was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center and later flown to Savannah’s Memorial University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators have recovered the firearm used in this incident and are currently interviewing a person of interest.

The names of those involved are not being released at this time. Police say there is no known danger to the public stemming from this incident.

HPD Blotters by Patty Leon

Harassing communications: A woman filed a report saying another female didn’t like a post she made on Facebook and contacted her using a blocked number numerous times threatening to kill her. The officer told the complainant to block the phone and block the female from Facebook. The complainant later followed up with HPD stating the female posted her phone number on Facebook and now several random people are calling her phone. The complainant was given a case number and warrant procedures instructions.

Burglary non-residence: An HPD officer was dispatched to 1207 W. Oglethorpe Highway to respond to motion alarms that went off. The responding officer found a window that was unsecured and entered the business through the window announcing police officers on scene. Not finding anything out of order the officers exited the business and waited for the keyholder to arrive.

When the employee arrived they entered the business and found that someone had broken into the locked office and stolen a TV. The employee pointed out that all her belongings were thrown around the floor. It appeared that the burglar had entered the office via a window that was previously broken during another robbery. Officers found evidence that the window had more broken pieces and had been moved. The officer noted the burglar unlocked other windows as if they planned to return to steal more items.

 Burglary non-residence: Someone decided to be Mr. Scrooge this season and broke into the House of Refuge Church to steal a 72-inch TV. Officers responded to a call at the church on Maple Drive and found a broken window and the back door of the church open. This same church had been previously burglarized the day prior with thieves making off with $30 they removed from the safe and also took a portable A/C unit.

Driving while license suspended / revoked: An officer initiated a traffic stop after he observed a vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed than what was posted in a residential area. The driver stopped in the driveway of a home on Whippoorwill Way. The officer spoke to the male drive who gave his name and birthdate but told the officer he didn’t have his driver’s license on him. The officer checked with dispatch and discovered the man was driving while his license was suspended and revoked. The man was arrested, taken to jail and fined more than $2,000. The driveway he had pulled into was the home of his sister-in-law who is the true owner of the car.

Theft by taking: A man reported his car was stolen from the parking lot of Big Apple Nightclub. The man said he left the club around 1:30 a.m. but left his car parked in the lot. When he returned to the club at 11:45 a.m. his car was gone. He told officers he couldn’t find the car keys and he thinks someone might have taken his keys in the club and took his car. The complainant was given a case number and incident report. Another HPD officer was dispatched to a car accident that happened that same morning at 5:37 a.m. The car involved in the wreck was the car the man reported as stolen. The matter is under investigation.

Criminal trespass / seized contraband: Seven Bradwell Institute students were found inside a vacant home on West Court Street. Six of the seven students were supposed to be in school. The other student was supposed to be a in work study program. The officers also found a mason jar and plastic bags with suspected marijuana. A female student said she was living in the home after she was kicked out of her home. All the students were taken to school administrators to handle the situation. The office called the home owner and reported what happened.

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