GBI, SWAT called to investigate in Brooks Co.

GBI, SWAT called to investigate in Brooks Co.
The GBI investigated in Brooks Co. near Morven (Source: WALB)
It happened near the Pauline Church (Source: WALB)
It happened near the Pauline Church (Source: WALB)

BROOKS CO., GA (WALB) - Around 1 p.m. on Friday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Brooks County Sheriff's Office to investigate an incident in the 13000 block of  Valdosta Highway in Quitman.

The location is about four miles from Morven.

Preliminary information indicates that earlier in the day, Brooks County Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to arrest Timothy Smothers, 31, at the residence, according to a statement from the GBI.

During the attempted arrest, investigators say Smothers barricaded himself inside the house.

Assistance was requested from the Lowndes County SWAT Team. During the incident, a fire started in the home.

The Brooks County Fire Department said the fire consumed about half of the mobile home. Fire crews helped extinguish the blaze and assisted the Lowndes SWAT team with removing Smothers from the home.

Smothers was taken to South Georgia Medical Center where he later died according to the GBI.

An autopsy will be performed Monday at the GBI Crime Lab in Macon.

Agents are still conducting interviews with public safety officers and witnesses.

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available, said the GBI. WALB will update this story as details come in.

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