GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in LaGrange
LaGrange, GA (November 17, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in LaGrange, GA. The LaGrange Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 8:00 A.M. One person died in the incident.
The preliminary information indicates that on Monday, November 15, 2021, LaGrange Police Department officers responded to 118 Sunny Point Circle to conduct a welfare check on Brian Jessee, age 39, and his two children. After an initial investigation, the two children were removed from the home. Later, Jessee threatened a LaGrange police officer which led to police obtaining felony arrest warrants on Jessee for the threats.
On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, police went back to 118 Sunny Point Circle to arrest Jessee. At that time, officers encountered Jessee walking in the road with a rifle. Jessee began firing the rifle into the air. He refused to drop the rifle and was able to barricade himself in his home.
The LaGrange Swat Team, SWAT teams from neighboring jurisdictions as well as the GBI Bomb Disposal Unit responded to the scene. During an overnight standoff, Jessee shot at police multiple times. Police responded and fired multiple shots at Jessee.
On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 7:30 a.m., a fire was started in the home which caused it to become completely engulfed in flames. The LaGrange Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.
Police found human remains in the burned home. A GBI Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on the remains.
No officers were injured during this incident.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once the investigation is completed, the case file will be given to the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office for review.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Regional Investigative Office in Columbus, GA at (706) 565-7888. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1(800) 597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.
This is the 85th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2021.