Officers with the Griffin Police Department responded at 11:09 p.m. Saturday to the armed robbery which occurred at 533 E. Tinsley St.
Upon his arrival, Cpl. Todd Thomas, the first GPD officer on the scene, found that Edward Caslin Sr. and Edward Caslin Jr. had been shot during the robbery.
“Edward Caslin Sr., Edward Caslin Jr. and Ollie Caslin were enjoying the evening while sitting on their front porch at 533 E. Tinsley St.,” said Cpl. Bryan Clanton, GPD spokesman. “Three males entered their yard and initiated the robbery after being told to leave. A handgun was brandished and Mr. Caslin Sr. was shot in the chest. Mr. Caslin Jr. jumped off of the porch to defend his parents and started fighting with one of the suspects. This suspect attempted to shoot Mr. Caslin Jr., but fired the shot through his own hand. The round traveled through the suspect’s hand and struck Mr. Caslin Jr.’s forehead. The suspects then fled the scene on foot.”
Witnesses then informed GPD officers that Dontrell Mangham, Bobby McGhee and Quindarrius Duffie were “observed fleeing the area on foot.”
According to Clanton, the three suspects were later seen running into a residence at 621 E. Central Ave.
“Shortly thereafter, Spalding Regional Medical Center notified the police that Quindarrius Duffie was in the emergency room with a gunshot wound to his hand,” Clanton said. “A search warrant was executed at 621 E. Central Ave. that led to the recovery of the handgun used in the robbery and other evidence. Investigators later learned that the weapon had been stolen from another location during a burglary earlier in the year. Quindarrius Duffie, Dontrell Mangham and Bobbie McGhee were arrested and transported to the Spalding County Jail. All of the suspects are 17 years old.”
The robbery victims were transported by Emory Flight to Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta, where their conditions were listed as critical.
“Both victims were conscious when the Griffin PD arrived. Edward Caslin Jr. has since been released from the hospital,” Clanton said. “It appears that Duffie’s blunder of shooting at the junior Edward Caslin by firing through his own hand saved Caslin (Jr.) from a fatal injury. Duffie’s hand dissipated enough of the round’s energy so that when it struck Caslin (Jr.) it lacked enough power to fatally injure Caslin.”
Mangham, McGhee and Duffie have been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a forcible felony and theft by receiving a stolen firearm.
In addition, Mangham also was charged with possession of marijuana and influencing a witness, as authorities allege he attempted to deter a witness from cooperating with investigators.
“These men could be facing the strong possibility of spending their entire adult lives with the Georgia Department of Corrections upon their conviction,” Clanton said.