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Neighbors speak out about suspect in deputy's death

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Lee County Sheriffs Department says 31-year old Gregory Henderson sped up his car and ran into Deputy James Anderson during at a routine traffic stop Thursday.

Police tell us the suspect -- Gregory Henderson -- lives in Columbus, so we wanted to find out more about what kind of man he is. We're told by neighbors and law enforcement that this was not Henderson's first time on the wrong side of the law.

His friend and neighbor, Toni Biggs, tells us this incident does not surprise those who knew Henderson.

"Everybody up and down this street knows him and knows how hard he was trying and everybody's really angry," Biggs says Henderson's friends are angry that he is once again in trouble with the law.

"He had been in prison before. When he moved in he had just gotten out of prison and was on parole. E knew he was a violent offender and he was trying to get his life straight," Biggs told News Leader Nine.

She tells us her friend and neighbor was struggling with addiction to crack cocaine and methamphetamine, "When he's straight he's a really good guy. When we first moved in here he was clean and sober, a nice guy, very respectful and then he started to relapse. We knew he had been on drugs before and as the drugs took hold, he got angrier and angrier."

When neighbors heard Henderson could be responsible for the death of a Lee County Sheriff's deputy, Biggs tells us they were saddened, but not shocked, "None of us were surprised. He had said one time when he was over here that he wasn't going back to prison unless it was for..... He said he was going to kill a cop."

We tried contacting Gregory Henderson's attorney for comment on the charges and accusations brought up against his client but our phone calls have not been returned at this time.

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