The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released its report on the officer involved shooting in Lowndes County on Tuesday, in which a man was shot and killed.
Here is the report-
Valdosta, GA - Initial information reported to the GBI indicated that on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at the Pilot Gas Station off of the Madison Highway / Exit 11, I-75 in Lowndes County, Deputies spotted a vehicle matching the description of one used in an armed robbery of the Harvey's Supermarket in Hahira, Georgia earlier in the morning.
The initial Deputy that located the vehicle interviewed a female traveling with the male and learned the male suspect was hiding in the back seat of the vehicle and was armed with a pistol.
Additional backup was requested by the Deputy to this location. Lowndes County Deputies and Georgia State Troopers responded to the Deputy's request. Upon arrival, officers made multiple attempts to have the male surrender to law enforcement. The male did not comply with the repeated requests and exited the vehicle with a pistol.
According to preliminary witness reports, the male failed to drop the weapon or surrender before pointing the gun at law enforcement who then fired upon him. The male was transported to South Georgia Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.
During the brief standoff, Deputies established a perimeter around the Pilot store and evacuated the Pilot and an adjoining business for the safety of customers and employees. GBI Agents responded to the scene to begin a crime scene examination, identify witnesses and collect evidence associated with the incident. An autopsy is being conducted at the GBI Crime Lab on
January 20, 2016.
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office contacted the GBI office in Thomasville and requested an independent investigation into the
shooting. Upon completion, the GBI case will be turned over to the Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office for any action the District Attorney deems appropriate.
The case is active and additional witnesses are being identified and interviewed. Evidence collected will be examined and analyzed by the GBI Crime lab to assist in the investigation. The male and female were both from out of state and not local residents.
The Deputies and Trooper involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave by their Departments.