Tifton Gazette

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December 21, 2010

Ocilla man killed by gunshots

TIFTON — A 19-year-old Ocilla man was shot and killed Monday. An arrest was quickly made after the incident, and a man is in custody charged with the crime.

According to Detective Doug Douglas with the Ocilla Police Department, Matthew Mobley was shot at the intersection of Highway 129 and Frank Road at approximately 1:45 p.m. Mobley was transported to Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald, where he died.

Douglas said Mobley graduated from Irwin County High School, where he was a member of the school’s wrestling team, and was well-liked in the community.

“He was a nice, clean-cut young man,” Douglas said. “Ocilla is very quiet and a great town to have a family and raise children. We’ve never had anything like this happen and it’s been terrible.”

Douglas said someone shot at Mobley’s brother but missed prior to Mobley being shot. He wouldn’t elaborate on what the motive was for the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.

Terry Joe Caine, 20, Fitzgerald, was arrested at his home not long after Mobley was shot, Douglas said. Douglas said that agents with the Irwin County Sheriff’s Office, the Ben Hill County Sheriff’s Office, the South Central Drug Task Force and the Fitzgerald Police Department participated in Caine’s quick apprehension.

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Perry office are assisting in the continuing investigation of the incident and Douglas said more arrests could be made in the case.

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