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Records: Slain teen carjacker, accomplice on parole

The 18-year-old who was shot dead Saturday by Macon police officers had been released from prison in September, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site.

The DOC’s inmate query site said Bradley Gastin was paroled Sept. 16 from Rogers State Prison in Reidsville. On April 29, 2008, he began serving a three-year sentence for robbery by force, according to the site.

Macon police say Gastin and 20-year-old Tommy Lee Hardy Jr. on Saturday carjacked a Ford Expedition and later rammed a Macon police car with the stolen vehicle.

Two police officers, who were standing near the police car, fired several shots that killed Gastin, who was driving the Expedition.

The shooting took place on Cedar Avenue near Montpelier Avenue in the Unionville neighborhood.

Hardy was a passenger in the Expedition when it rammed the police car, according to police.

He was arrested and charged with armed robbery, carjacking, aggravated assault on a police officer, parole violation, and Superior Court probation violation. He was being held Sunday at the Bibb County jail.

The DOC inmate query site said Hardy was paroled on Oct. 22 from Coastal State Prison in Savannah.

June 2 he began serving a two-year sentence for burglary, according to the site.

Macon police spokesman Sgt. Zac Self said investigators found a handgun in the Expedition.

The officers fired on Gastin because he was using the vehicle as a weapon, Self said.

The names of the officers in the investigation are being with held during an internal investigation, he said.

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