ADDU: Arrest possibly tied to Putney shooting

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- A quiet neighborhood found itself host to a multitude of law-enforcement muscle Wednesday.

After hours of surveillance, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents and Albany Police Department SWAT officers arrested Kawaski Bush, Drug Unit Commander Maj. Bill Berry said.

Berry said Bush was arrested on an outstanding burglary warrant and other warrants at 703 16th Ave.

"We kept our eyes on him since about 10:30 a.m. at the request of DCP (Dougherty County Police) because he might be connected to the shooting in Putney," Berry said. "Once we identified him and knew he had warrants, SWAT went in to get him."

To make sure that they knew the number of people in the house and that the attic was clear, the law enforcement teams at the site borrowed a thermal imaging device from the Albany Fire Department.

Noting the location of the occupants -- Bush, his girlfriend and their toddler -- the teams entered the house to no resistance, Berry said.

Bush would be questioned by county police.

The shooting on the 4200 block of Hardaway Road that county police are questioning Burns about injured Juan Pena, 33. After the shooting, two black men escaped in the couple's stolen 2004 black Hummer. Pena's girlfriend was uninjured.

By 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, it was unknown if Bush was one of the suspects involved in the shooting. His girlfriend, whose name was not immediately available, was not arrested, but she was questioned, Berry said. The child was taken by a grandmother.

Cocaine and other drug residue found at the residence, such as marijuana in the toilet, could lead to other charges for the couple, Berry said. The Drug Unit is investigating.