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A Dad Told Him To Stop Brandishing His Weapon Around The Kids. Irritated, He Fatally Wounded The Father.

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Source: MEGA; Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Sep. 1 2022, Published 8:51 a.m. ET

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A Georgia man shot and killed a father who told him to stop brandishing a handgun around his child.

Now, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Recently, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Henry Thompson handed Elias Bustamente, 24, a life term in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting death of Michael Arreola.

Bustamente was found guilty and convicted of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a probationer.

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“The jury's verdict and this sentence hold the defendant accountable for his actions," said Cobb Judicial Circuit Senior Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Green, reported Cobb County Courier.


On July 4, 2020, officers responded to a Smyrna, Georgia, residence on Hawthorne Circle after reports of a shooting during a social gathering. Upon arrival, authorities found Arreola with two gunshot wounds in the chest and one in the leg. He was declared dead at the scene.

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In addition, Bustamente had also suffered a gunshot wound to the eye but survived the ordeal.

According to prosecutors, around 3 a.m., Bustamente, who was heavily intoxicated, started flaunting his Glock 23 handgun. The victim became concerned for the safety of the children at the residence, including Arreola’s daughter, who was asleep in an adjacent room.

An argument ensued in an attempt to persuade the defendant to put away the weapon before Bustamente angrily shot Arreola multiple times. Then, the defendant shot himself in the eye in a failed suicide attempt. However, he was arrested for the homicide.

“As parents, our job is to protect our children. The defendant maliciously murdered him because of it. Michael bled out just steps away from his little girl,” said Green, according to WSB-TV.


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