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Suspects in officer-involved shooting make first court appearance

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At least three people robbed a man inside of his apartment on Enoch Dr. Wednesday night, Feb. 28. Now, prosecutors are trying to figure out if there is evidence to show that the suspects who appeared in court today were actually the people involved.

Police shot at a vehicle on Stratford Dr. for allegedly driving towards a cop, but it appears uncertain whether or not the three people spotted in the car are the burglars.

Olga Crowell, the mother of one of the suspects, says her son is innocent, and there's no evidence to prove otherwise.

"They said it in court, they have no facts that Davonte Murphy or Demitrius Perr... no information, no evidence, no nothing that those two young men were there," says Crowell.

Authorities told the Judge that the 16-year-old juvenile was in Erwin Jenkins apartment on Enoch Dr. to buy marijuana. As the juvenile was leaving, three men rushed into the home with there faces covered in bandanas, hand guns drawn. They allegedly robbed Jenkins.

Police say Jenkins fought his way out of the apartment and a neighbor called 911. That neighbor told Jenkins that the suspects left in a gold Nissan Maxima. Moments later, a similar car was found on Stratford Dr. with 19-year-old Demitirius Perry behind the wheel, 21-year-old Davonte Murphy on the passenger side, and an unnamed suspect in the back seat.

What happened next, Olga Crowell says was unnecessary.

"The children were sitting in the car, like they said, smoking or whatever they were doing. Police pulled up, shined a light, they [were fixing to] pull off and the police just start shooting," Crowell adds.

A detective with the Columbus Police Department testifies saying, "When they got on to Stratford Dr., Mr. Jenkins' neighbor stated that the right front passenger was that same individual. Due to the close proximity and the time, and the fact that there was three individuals involved in the armed robbery, and there was three individuals in the vehicle, it is reasonable to assume that the people in the vehicle were responsible for the armed robbery of Mr. Jenkins's apartment."

The detective admits no gun was found at all during their investigation. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case.

Demitrius Perry was shot in the shoulder. He was later released and placed under arrest.

Olga Crowell says paid administrative leave for the officer is not punishment enough for the trauma caused to Perry, and her son, and she's prepared to take action.

ORIGINAL STORY: Burglary call leads to officer-involved shooting and several arrests

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