Gilmer man charged in shooting death probe

A Gilmer County man was arrested last week on drug and weapon charges as a result of the investigation into the July 20 shooting death of Charles Patrick Thurman, 26, authorities said.

Brenton Pastuszka, 27, of 27-B Water Tower Road, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to a release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“These charges were taken as a result of the investigation into the shooting death of Charles Patrick Thurman,” Special Agent Kimberly Williams said. “Pastuszka was the other person involved in the domestic dispute which resulted in Thurman’s death. The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of the investigation, it will be submitted to the district attorney for review and prosecution.”

The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to come to the scene on the morning of July 20 after a 911 call came in around 3:30 a.m. in reference to a shooting that turned into a death investigation.

Pastuszka turned himself in July 26 around 3:30 p.m. and was taken into custody and charged, according to a Gilmer County jail spokeswoman. He was released later that day on a $12,500 bond.

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