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Suspect charged in Georgia Indian American’s driveway shooting death

Cover photo: Pinal Kumar Patel was shot in his driveway.

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Atlanta, GA, February 2, 2023: A 40-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of Pinal Kumar Patel on January 21 outside his home in Macon. Patel’s wife and daughter were also wounded in the shooting.

Terrel Ugean Mills was arrested after investigators found messages on his phone about the shooting, according to the arrest warrant. Mills is currently being held at the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.

After identifying Mills as one of the suspects, Bibb Sheriff’s investigators went to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and interviewed Mills about the death of Patel. After interviewing Mills about the incident, warrants were issued for Mills for the charges of felony murder and (two counts) of aggravated assault. Additional charges are pending.

Since his arrest, another warrant was issued for Terrell Mills for a murder committed in Bibb County. His charges in Jones County include home invasion, several counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault, cruelty to children, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

“On January 12, a home invasion occurred in the Kingsview Village area. Several armed males forced their way into a home occupied by a mother and three of her children. On January 20, several armed males committed an armed robbery at the 49er Mart on Shurling Drive. Thankfully no one was injured in either incident,” said a release issued by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators were able to determine crimes in both cases were committed by the same individuals. Warrants have been secured at this time for Terrell Mills and Shaun Mills, both of Macon. Terrell Mills was taken into custody on Friday and remains in custody at the Jones County Jail. Since his arrest, another warrant was issued for Terrell Mills for Pinal Kumar’s murder.

Mills was arrested three times – each time for violent offenses involving firearms. In 2003, he was sentenced to prison for Voluntary Manslaughter. In 2015, he was arrested again for Aggravated Assault involving a firearm. His third arrest came in 2019, again for Aggravated Assault involving a firearm. Mills is on parole supervision and was released from prison in September 2022.

“Unfortunately for the citizens of both Jones and Bibb Counties, he has been very busy during that time. It appears that criminal justice reform isn’t really working in this case,” the release said.

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