SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - ?
An Alabama man is denied bond and remains behind bars in Worth County, accused of leading deputies on a chase that ended in a deadly deputy involved shooting with the woman who was riding in his car. This as investigators learn more about what led the duo to south Georgia.
The man authorities say crashed this car Thursday evening, speeding away from deputies is 37 year-Old Phillip Kelley of Sylacauga, Alabama.
"The deputy just seen a minor traffic violation and she went to pull them over and stop them for the traffic violation," said Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby.
That minor traffic violation on US Highway 82 turned into a high speed chase that ended on Georgia Highway 133, not far from the Dougherty County line. "People need to realize what law enforcement has to go through in their daily duties," said Sheriff Hobby. "There's no such thing as a routine call."
Sheriff Hobby says after the crash 33 year-old Crystal Harry confronted deputies on scene with guns. "From what I understand she had two, one in each hand. When she come out the officers were telling her to drop the weapons, drop the weapons, and she come up and started pointing them at them," explained Sheriff Hobby.
That's when Harry was shot dead.
"They did what they were trained to do. Their training kicked in and done what they had to do to go home to their families," said Sheriff Hobby.
Authorities found meth and 11 guns in the trunk of the car and 2 more in the front, in addition to the two Harry was armed with. "All the stolen guns from what we can determine so far has come out of Florida," said Sheriff Hobby.
He believes Kelley and Harry stole the guns in Florida and were passing through the area, going back to Sylacauga, Alabama.
The GBI is handling the officer involved shooting part of the investigation.
The name of the deputy involved has not been released, but that deputy remains on active duty.
Kelley is charged with Criminal attempt to commit theft by receiving, conspiracy to commit theft by receiving, fleeing and attempting to elude officers, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and party to a crime of obstruction/hindering law enforcement officers.
Officials said more charges are pending.
Kelley was not injured in the shooting. Authorities said he was cooperating.
There was no immediate word on Kelley's relationship with Crystal Harry.