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UPDATE: Suspect in CPD officer-involved shooting appears in court Thursday

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The suspect in an officer-involved shooting with the Columbus Police Department on Tuesday appeared in recorder's court Thursday morning, where two of the three officers injured in the crime testified. 

Towon Earl, 29, was arrested on Tuesday on a slew of charges, including possession of cocaine with intent to distribute theft of a vehicle, possession of a firearm, three counts of aggravated assault, and endangering safety among others.

During his court appearance Thursday morning, a CPD officer testified that drugs and a gun were inside the car Earl was in. The officer also testified that Ear was uncooperative during the investigation and there was a strong smell of marijuana inside.

Testimony also revealed that Earl had marijuana with the intent to distribute and that Earl told police that he’s never had an I.D.

Earl pled not guilty and was given a $90,500 bond. 

Earl was involved in an incident with Columbus Police Officer Vardman on Tuesday when the officer responded to a suspicious car in the area of 28th Street and Third Avenue.

The incident escalated, when the car that Earl was in was thrown into gear, hitting an undercover police vehicle before crashing into an apartment, according to police officials on-scene.

Officer Vardman received a head injury and assorted bruises and abrasions when he was dragged by the vehicle being operated by Earl. The officer was also taken to the Medical Center where he was treated and released. 

Officer Michael Augilar and Corporal Dean Spata were also slightly injured after being struck by the vehicle that was driven by Earl. 

During the assault of the three officers, Towon Earl received one gunshot wound to his right leg by Columbus Police Officer Raymond Harralson, who is a five-year veteran. Harralson has been placed on administrative leave with pay, according to the Columbus Police Department. 

Earl was taken to Midtown Medical Center where he was treated and released for a gunshot wound to his right leg. He was then taken to the Muscogee County Jail where he was held on three charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, which were brought by the GBI.

Earl received a preliminary hearing in recorder's court Wednesday morning, and the cases were bound over to Superior Court. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is leading the investigation into this incident.

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