Police chase leads to murder suspect - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Police chase leads to murder suspect

Bernard Gibson (Source: CPD) Bernard Gibson (Source: CPD)
Richard Stewart (Source: Harris County Jail) Richard Stewart (Source: Harris County Jail)
Richard Stewart (Harris County Police) Richard Stewart (Harris County Police)
Jeffery Flakes (Harris County Jail) Jeffery Flakes (Harris County Jail)
Jeffery Flakes (Harris County Jail) Jeffery Flakes (Harris County Jail)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – On Jan. 14 at approximately 9:50 p.m. a trooper attempted a traffic stop on a 2015 Kia Optima that was traveling east on State Route 315.

According to the Public Information Office, the Optima was being stopped for a move over violation.

The driver did not stop and the the trooper executed the PIT maneuver which caused the Optima to strike an embankment.

The three suspects in the car were Jeffery Flakes,25, Bernard Gibson,20, and Richard Stewart, 25, whom were all taken into custody without incident.

Flakes received 18 charged against him including possession of firearm by convicted felon and reckless driving.

Stewart was charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

Gibson was charged with murder without bond, aggravated assault, probation violation and simple battery.

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