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WTVM gets rare behind the scenes look at GBI


News Leader 9 is the only local media outlet that got a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations on Friday.

Media outlets from all over Georgia gathered at headquarters in Decatur for "Media Day."

News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne joins us now with a special look at the special operations unit.

It's not every day the media gets invited into GBI headquarters in Decatur, so we jumped at the chance to see how and where agents investigate cases.

I spent some time this afternoon with a special agent on the bomb squad. He showed me one of seven robots they use to disable and dispose bombs.

The F6A robot cost more than $100,000 and is primarily used to keep agents out of harm's way.

We also checked out the GBI's total containment vessel, which is used to destroy bombs.

Agent Trent Hillsman, a special operations agent with the GBI, says they always have the containment vessel on standby at most major events in Georgia-- including every Falcons football game.

It was a very interesting today to see how everything works behind the scenes.

However I also asked officials for an update on the Columbus State University investigation into the death of Zikarious Flint. I'm told investigators are currently waiting on crime lab results, then the case will be turned over to the district attorney's office.

There are many more elements we don't have time to get to; starting next week I'll take you inside the GBI crime lab and the morgue, plus much more.

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