The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigation Division, Gang Unit, Special Investigations Unit, SWAT, and FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force apprehended two suspects in connection with a death investigation on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard.

On May 3, 2024, 21-year-old Daeshawn Markell Hardwick, and 20-year-old Jaylon Emanuel Stephens were taken into custody after successful executions of search and arrest warrants. Both were apprehended after 5:00 a.m. at a residence within the 1800 block of Swan Drive. Hardwick and Stephens were wanted in Bibb County in connection with the murder of Sha’quvas Dean on April 27, 2024. Daeshawn Markell Hardwick and Jaylon Emanuel Stephens, both of Macon, were transported to Investigations Headquarters. After further investigation, Hardwick and Stephens were transported to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.

Daeshawn Markell Hardwick faces a charge of Murder.

Jaylon Emanuel Stephens was wanted in Bibb County for seven counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, 2 counts of Criminal Street Gang Activity, and Aggravated Assault. He now faces a charge of Murder.

Neither Hardwick or Stephens have a bond.

The investigation is still active, pending additional charges. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Media Release

April 27, 2024

Death Investigation on Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death that occurred in the 100 block of Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. just before 2:00 a.m.

Deputies were dispatched to the lower parking lot of Planet Fitness in reference to a large fight. While en route they were advised a person was reported shot at this location. Upon their arrival deputies discovered 17-year-old Sha’quvas Dean suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot. Dean was transported to the hospital by ambulance where he was later pronounced deceased by Coroner Ronnie Miley.

The next of kin has been notified.

Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are still determining what led up to the shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.