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Two arrested after gunfire exchange in East Albany

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- An argument erupted into an exchange of gunfire on the 1300 block of Tift Avenue at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday resulting in the arrest of two men, said Albany Police Department detectives.

There were no injuries from the gunfight's multiple shots, said police Detective Arthur Tyler.

Dremoskie Hunt and Michael Stephens, both 21, are in the Dougherty County Jail charged with aggravated assault, a jail spokeswoman said.

"Michael Stephens pointed a gun at Brittany Harrell (22), then shots were fired at Dremoskie Hunt," Tyler said. "Mr. Hunt went and retrieved a gun from somewhere in the back yard and opened fire, began to shoot at Stephens."

Multiple shell casings from small caliber handguns were collected, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. A bullet was collected from a window shutter at a home daycare center in the neighborhood, she added.

Hunt and Stephens are cousins who were at their deceased grandparents' home at 1328 Tift Ave. when the argument began, Tyler said. Inside the home and a car parked next to it, police investigators found guns and drugs, he added.

Due to the continuing investigation, Tyler said he could not say what kind of or how many guns and drugs were found at the scene. Hunt was also arrested on a child support warrant, Tyler added.

"The incident was not gang related," Tyler said. "We would like people to report any suspicious activity in the area."

At a 2:30 p.m. Wednesday news conference in the Law Enforcement Center on Oglethorpe Boulevard, detectives from the robbery-homicide unit emphasized that the arrests came quickly because residents called the emergency in. The response was a joint effort that involved the gang unit and other officers from Albany police along with Dougherty County Sheriff's Office deputies.