Traffic from mile marker 183. (Photo by Lance Wayne Peebles Jr.)
Monday, Aug. 26, 2013
GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW) -- The name of the armed man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting on I-20 has been released.
The coroner has identified the man as 58-year-old Joseph Crist.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says Crist was threatening to commit suicide under the overpass of Chamblin Road. Crist is from Illinois but was traveling from Arizona and passing through the area when he got a flat tire, which is why he was on I-20, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The officer involved in the shooting was 29-year-old Joseph Baker. Baker, who has been with the Sheriff's Office for five years, has been put on administrative leave. Right now, officials say there is no indication of foul play or that policies were violated.
Shell casings not belonging to the Sheriff's Office were found at scene.
Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013
GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW) -- An armed man was killed in an officer-involved shooting after threatening to commit suicide on I-20 under the overpass of Chamblin Road Sunday evening.
Columbia County Capt. Steve Morris says the Sheriff's Office crisis negotiators attempted to deescalate the situation for about four hours as they detoured traffic in both directions. He says the man was armed with a gun and raised his weapon at deputies around 10:30 p.m.
Morris says the deputies fired several rounds, and the man was hit multiple times.
Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriet Garrison pronounced him dead at the scene. The man's name is being held until his family is notified.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Force Team is investigating.
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