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Officer identified in fatal CSU shooting


The Columbus State University Campus Police officer who shot 20-year-old Zikarious Jaquan Flint on Sunday afternoon, March 30, has been identified as Sgt. Ben Scott, 43.

CSU officials say Scott fired two shots at the end of Sunday's chase. He was one of three officers who responded to the initial call. CSU Cpl. Ben Pack and Lt. Jason Youngblood were also on the scene.

According to CSU officials, several witnesses have come forward to say they saw a man running with a gun Sunday afternoon, being chased by police.

Without violating the GBI's investigation, CSU Police were able to release a few more details about the chase that ensued after a CSU student called police to report a man was loading a gun at Courtyard 1, a student apartment complex housing more than 400 students.

CSU Police were called at 2:35 p.m. Sunday after a student reported seeing someone loading a handgun while sitting in a gazebo adjacent to the apartment buildings.

Three minutes later, CSU Police say officers arrived on the scene, identified themselves and told the gunman to drop his weapon.

Officials say the man later identified as Flint fled, running through Courtyard 1, across University Ave. and then back across University Ave. and eventually re-entering the student apartment complex. Officers were in pursuit the whole time, repeatedly ordering the man to drop his weapon.

CSU police say Scott fired twice when Flint turned and raised his arm. However, Attorney Stacey Jackson says medical personnel at the hospital described the injuries to Flint's parents as entering through the back of his body.

CSU officials also say a Glock model 22 40-caliber pistol holding eight rounds of ammunition was recovered where the victim fell, adjacent to a Courtyard 1 apartment building. The weapon was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as evidence.

Following standard procedure, Scott was placed on administrative leave with pay. Within five minutes after the shooting, GBI was alerted and took over the investigation into the shooting.

CSU released the following information regarding Scott:

-Scott has been a supervisory officer at CSU since 2012, and a Columbus Police officer for 17 years prior.

-In his most recent personnel evaluation, dated March 8, Scott either met or exceeded expectations on 17 performance criteria evaluated by his supervisor, Lt. Walter L. Brown.

-Scott rose to the rank of corporal with the Columbus Police, earning the department's highest honor, Officer of the Year, in 2004.

-Before joining the university on Aug. 6, 2012, Scott told CSU Police interviewers that he was interested in the Tuition Assistance Program that the university offers, allowing employees to earn up to six credit hours a semester without charge.

-Scott is currently pursuing a master's degree in CSU's Command College, which mostly serves mid-career police professionals. Scott, who earned an advanced high school diploma in Prattville, Ala., received his bachelor's degree in history from Auburn University-Montgomery.

-CSU's policy for use of deadly force is taken from a model offered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

A photo of Scott has not been released at this time.

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  • A Glock model 22 40-caliber pistol, holding eight rounds of ammunition, was recovered where the victim fell, adjacent to a Courtyard 1 apartment  building. The weapon was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as evidence.
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