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33-year-old Brendan Burns killed in shooting at Tifton car wash, suspect Xavier Sean Ross charged

An autopsy for Burns’ body is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31.



On Monday evening, a man lost his life in a shooting at a Tifton car wash, as reported by Tifton police. A suspect has since been charged.

The investigation commenced at approximately 5:30 p.m. when Tifton police responded to a call in the 100 block of West 17th Street reporting a person being shot.

Upon arrival, they discovered Brendan Burns, 33, with a gunshot wound.

Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene around 6 p.m., as confirmed by the GBI and Tift County Deputy Coroner Melissa Carroll.

Law enforcement located the suspect, 34-year-old Xavier Sean Ross, at Tift Regional Hospital with a gunshot wound, as per a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

Following his medical treatment, he will be transferred to another hospital before being taken to the Tift County Jail upon release.

Ross is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The GBI and Tifton police are working together on the ongoing investigation. An autopsy for Burns’ body is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Authorities are actively looking into the incident, and anyone with information is urged to contact the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Sylvester at (229) 777-2080 or the Tifton Police Department at (229) 382-3132.