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Columbus, GA (December 20, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Columbus, GA. The Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Wednesday, December 16, 2021. One deputy was injured in this incident.
The preliminary information indicates that on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at around 7:00 p.m., a Muscogee County deputy was stopped by a man who reported that his car had just been stolen from the Circle K gas station located at 7330 Veterans Parkway in Columbus, Georgia. The man, a FedEx driver, had his package scanner in the car and deputies were able to track the car to the intersection of Toney Drive and Buford Avenue.
Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the stolen car with one deputy blocking the front of the truck and the other deputy behind it. The suspect backed the car into the rear deputy’s patrol car and then pulled forward, hitting a deputy in the leg. Both deputies fired their handguns multiple times at the car as the suspect drove away. The FedEx package scanner was later found at the intersection of Victory Drive and Engineer Drive.
Police recovered the abandoned stolen car on Thursday night, December 16, 2021. The GBI determined that the car was hit twice with gunfire that did not penetrate the passenger compartment. Police have not located or identified the suspect at this time.
The injured deputy was treated and released from the hospital.
Haralson County, GA (December 20, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Haralson County, GA. The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Saturday, December 18, 2021. One man, identified as Willie Lee Austin, age 30, of Olive Branch, Mississippi is in critical condition.
Preliminary information indicates that Polk County Police Department officers observed a truck speeding in Polk County, Georgia. A Polk County P.D. officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Austin who was driving the truck. Austin failed to stop, and there was a pursuit through Polk County into Haralson County on GA HWY 27. During the pursuit, multiple agencies assisted, including GSP and HCSO. A Georgia State Patrol trooper performed a PIT maneuver on the truck. While GSP troopers and HCSO deputies approached the truck, the investigation shows that the truck accelerated towards a GSP trooper and HCSO deputy. A GSP trooper and HCSO deputy fired into the truck, shooting Austin.
Austin was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is currently recovering. No officers were injured in this incident. A female passenger was also inside the truck. She was not injured during the incident.
Columbus, GA (December 20, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Columbus, GA. The Columbus Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Monday, December 20, 2021. One teen, age 16, was injured in this incident. No officers were injured.
The preliminary information indicates that on Sunday evening, December 19, 2021, a Columbus Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on the driver of a car for a traffic violation. Immediately as the officer approached the driver’s side of the car, the driver (male) pointed a handgun at the officer. The officer retreated and there were no shots fired by the driver or officer. The driver of the car sped away from the scene and was not caught.
Later, Columbus Police Department officers were able to identify the driver of the car as a 16-year-old. Police obtained arrest warrants charging the teen with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a handgun (under 18 years old), and fleeing to elude police.
On December 20, 2021, at 11:36 a.m., a Columbus patrol officer recognized the car from the previous incident. The officer attempted to stop the car, but the driver (male) sped away and hit a car on Veterans Parkway. The driver abandoned his car and ran into the woods on Veterans Parkway. After a short search, an officer located the person, and he had a handgun. The officer gave him verbal commands to drop the handgun, but he did not comply. The officer fired her handgun, hitting the person in the leg. Police administered first aid and the person was taken to a local hospital in Columbus for treatment.
Police later determined that the person was the 16-year-old involved in the December 19, 2021 incident.
Claxton, GA (December 20, 2021) – After a joint drug investigation, GBI agents and Evans County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Mary Tillman, 50, of Claxton, GA for multiple drug charges. On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SRDEO), the Evans County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, and Uniform Patrol Division executed a search warrant at 510 Union Church Road, Claxton, Evans County, Georgia. Agents and investigators had previous information that people were selling controlled substances at that address.
After further investigation, police issued a search warrant on the home and seized methamphetamine, alprazolam, tramadol, approximately $3500.00 dollars, and drug-related paraphernalia consistent with distribution.
Tillman is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Related Objects, and Drugs Not in the Original Container.
Cindy Livingston, 36, of Claxton, Georgia, is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Related Objects, and Drugs Not in the Original Container. She is not in custody yet.
Claxton, GA (December 16, 2021) – On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Daequan Roberts, 21, of Claxton, GA, was arrested for the death of his girlfriend’s 10-month old baby boy that died from blunt force trauma injuries on November 29, 2021. Roberts is charged with Murder, Aggravated Battery, and Cruelty to Children. Roberts was taken into custody during a traffic stop by the Georgia State Patrol in Bulloch County based on arrest warrants previously obtained by the GBI. Roberts was booked into the Evans County Jail.
Claxton, GA (November 30, 2021) - The GBI is investigating the death of a 10-month old boy in Claxton, Georgia. On Monday, November 29, 2021, at around 1:00 p.m., Evans County Sheriff Mac Edwards asked that agents in our Statesboro regional investigative office assist with this investigation. The preliminary information indicates that at around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, the child’s mother’s boyfriend brought the child to Evans Memorial Hospital when the child became unresponsive. Hospital personnel provided medical treatment, but the child died. A GBI Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy at the GBI Crime Lab in Pooler.
Columbus, GA (December 10, 2021) – On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, and Wednesday, December 8, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, with the assistance of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, executed four residential search warrants related to separate investigations pertaining to the Sexual Exploitation of Children. The investigations began after the GBI CEACC Unit received numerous independent and unrelated cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Those cybertips involved the possession and/or distribution of explicit child sexual abuse material, commonly referred to as child pornography, which resolved to Columbus, Muscogee County, GA.
Ellenwood, GA (December 10, 2021) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an officer involved shooting investigation in Ellenwood, Henry County, GA. On Thursday, December 9, 2021, the Henry County Police Department asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident that occurred on Panola Road in Ellenwood. One man was shot and died.
Waverly, GA (December 10, 2021) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an officer involved shooting investigation in Waverly, Camden County, GA. On Friday, December 10, 2021, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident that occurred on Amber Drive in Waverly. One man was shot and died.
Lumpkin County, GA (December 9, 2021) – On Thursday, December 9, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested Rhonda Sheppard, 54, of Dahlonega, Georgia on one count of Theft by Taking. Sheppard was booked into the Lumpkin County Detention Center.
The GBI was requested by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an investigation on August 6, 2021, after Sheriff Stacy Jarrard learned from a concerned citizen that the terms of a local residents’ will were not carried out by the executrix, Sheppard. One such term involved a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Morrow, GA (December 6, 2021) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an officer involved shooting investigation in Morrow, Clayton County, GA. On Sunday, December 5, 2021, the Clayton County Police Department (CCPD) asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident that occurred on Maddox Road in Morrow. One man was shot and died.