Police chase ends with shooting, suspect in custody

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Sunday, January 13, 2018
1:32 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- The officers involved in last night's chase turned shooting are on administrative leave pending a GBI and Richmond County Internal Affairs investigation, as protocol. The suspect is identified as Letirros James McDuffie.

RCSO says Sgt. Cory Carlyle, Deptuy Brandon Crawford, Deputy Corey Whitfield and Investigator Matt Perkins were involved in the incident. The shooting suspect, James McDuffie is being held at Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

7:43 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- Last night at 11:14 PM, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on Cross Court in Augusta regarding a domestic dispute call. When deputies arrived at the residence, they learned that the male part of the dispute had left the scene.

GBI investigators say a short time later a deputy spotted the vehicle occupied by the male subject in the area and attempted to stop the vehicle. The male refused to stop, and a short vehicle pursuit took place. The pursuit ended when the vehicle driven by the male crashed at the intersection of Jackson Road and Sycamore Drive.

Investigators say the male subject then fled the scene on foot with the deputy in pursuit. While fleeing from the deputy, the male subject fired a weapon at the deputy. The male subject continued to flee from the deputy and a short time later entered the Heritage Circle Apartment complex.

Several other deputies responded to the area of the apartment complex and attempted to locate the male subject. Deputies say the male subject was eventually located hiding behind one of the apartment buildings.

As deputies approached the male subject, they say he fired in the direction of the deputies. Four deputies returned fire striking the male subject in the leg.

Deputies provided first aid to the male subject until EMS could respond. The male subject was transported to Augusta University Medical Center where he was treated and released for his injuries.

GBI investigators checked records, finding that the male subject had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. After being medically cleared, the male subject was transported to the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

No deputies involved in this incident were injured. The names of the deputies involved and the male subject will be released later.

GBI was called to assist with the investigation and continues to investigate the incident.

Once the GBI completes the investigation it will be turned over to the Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.


Saturday, January 12, 2018
UPDATE

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- A domestic call to apartments on Cross Court Drive led Richmond County deputies on a chase that ended in a shooting.

When deputies got to the apartment on Cross Court, the suspect took off in a car. The car crashed into a fence on Jackson Road and Sycamore Drive. According to officers on scene, the suspect ditched the car then took off on foot. The unidentified suspect ran towards Heritage Circle Apartments.

At some point in the chase shots were fired. RCSO says the suspect fired at deputies, deputies fired back, shooting the suspect in the foot.

The suspected shooter is currently in custody being treated at the hospital.

It is unclear why they originally fled the scene. GBI is investigating

This story is developing.