GBI releases new details in Bainbridge murder, officer-involved shooting investigations

GBI releases new details in Bainbridge murder, officer-involved shooting investigations
According to the GBI, agents were called to the area of Fourth and Church streets around 1:17 p.m. Saturday to investigate a murder and an officer-involved shooting that happened right after. (Source: WCTV)

UPDATE: The Decatur County Coroner’s Office told WALB Tuesday the two victims had multiple gunshot wounds.

The autopsy findings were released Tuesday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said Stuffon Sanders had gunshot wounds to his head and shoulder. Henry Isaac Jones had gunshot wounds to his chest and leg.

GBI officials said the next steps in the case are to review any available video, process scene evidence and “any other investigative actions that need to be done that come up.”

The investigation is active and anyone with information is asked to call (229) 225-4090.


BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WCTV/WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released new details in its murder and officer-involved shooting investigations of a Bainbridge shooting that left two people dead on Saturday.

According to the GBI, agents were called to the area of Fourth and Church streets around 1:17 p.m. Saturday.

When Bainbridge police officers arrived, Henry Isaac Jones, 47, was holding a sawed-off shotgun and standing over a body in the street.

Officers told Jones to drop the shotgun, but he didn't listen to their commands, according to the GBI. The investigation has shown that two Bainbridge officers on scene fired rifles at Jones after he refused to put his gun down or move away from the victim's body.

Witnesses told police Jones' attack on Stuffon Sanders, 57, was unprovoked. Sanders was on the street carrying a fishing pole when Jones shot him, according to the GBI.

Witnesses also told GBI agents they saw Jones walk up and shoot Sanders a second time after he had fallen from being shot the first time.

Bainbridge police tried to get Jones to move away from Sanders, who they knew was badly hurt, but Jones refused to do so. The officers were trying to get Sanders medical treatment and determine if he was still alive, the GBI said.

Jones also continued to point his shotgun towards the officers.

Autopsies on both men are being performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Macon on Monday.

After the results are received, a complete case file on the murder and officer-involved shooting will be given to District Attorney Joe Mulholland for review.

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