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Suspects charged in Tift Co. officer-involved shooting investigation

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Traffic was backed up for more than 3 hours as investigators surveyed the scene on the interstate. (Source: WALB) Traffic was backed up for more than 3 hours as investigators surveyed the scene on the interstate. (Source: WALB)
An investigator takes photos at the scene of the shooting on Interstate 75 in Georgia near mile marker 71. (Source: WALB) An investigator takes photos at the scene of the shooting on Interstate 75 in Georgia near mile marker 71. (Source: WALB)
Officials blocked two of the northbound lanes, leaving one open to traffic, backing up Memorial Day weekend travelers for miles. (Source: WALB) Officials blocked two of the northbound lanes, leaving one open to traffic, backing up Memorial Day weekend travelers for miles. (Source: WALB)
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene. (Source: WALB) The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene. (Source: WALB)
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

State officials are investigating after a Georgia State Patrol officer shot a man during a traffic stop.

It happened just after 11 a.m. Friday morning. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 near mile marker 71.

Prince Williamson and Taylor Bins have been charged in the case.

Williams has been charged with aggravated assault, felony obstruction and false statements.

Bins has been charged with driving on suspended license and speeding.

The Georgia Bureau of investigation was called to the scene.

According to a report by GBI Special Agent in Charge J.T. Ricketson, a trooper from the Tift County post pulled over a female driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee because she was speeding. Officials said she was going 98 mph.

During the traffic stop, the trooper tried to place the female driver under arrest for having a suspended license, The GBI said that's when the passenger started a fight with the trooper.

The trooper fired their weapon once, hitting the man in the face.

The man who was shot was still alive after the shooting, according to Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The man was taken to Tift Regional Hospital, where he was treated and then taken to jail. The female driver was also taken into custody.

Photos revealed crime markers on the trooper's vehicle and on the Jeep.

Three GBI units arrived at the scene over the course of the investigation Friday.

Officials blocked two of the northbound lanes, leaving one open to traffic, backing up Memorial Day weekend travelers for miles.

After more than 3 hours of traffic delays, all lanes of I-75 were reopened around 4:45 p.m.

The GBI said they will review the dashcam video and audio, and determine what charges to file from all of the evidence.

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