GBI takes warrants in Americus shootout

GBI takes warrants in Americus shootout

The Americus office of the GBI has taken arrest warrants charging Jermaine Taylor, 40, of Columbus, with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

The charges stem from the shooting incident occurring at 104 Price Street, Americus, on Monday, December 22, 2014. Taylor is in stable condition at the Macon Medical Center and will be transported back to Sumter County to face the charges upon his release.

Agents have determined that Taylor and Martin Thames, 36, of Columbus, entered the residence of Khalif Walters at 104 Price Street, Americus, during the late evening hours of December 22, with the intent to rob the occupants.

A gun fight ensued, leaving Thames dead and Taylor seriously injured. Marcus Harper, an occupant of the residence at the time of the incident, was also shot and killed.

Also shot during the incident were Chris Lembrick, 31, and Morris Williams, 31, both of Americus. Lembrick and Williams were treated at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center and released.

The investigation into the matter is still ongoing by the GBI, the Americus Police Department and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

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