Police say victim in fatal Columbus officer involved shooting linked to two separate murders

Damion Collier ( Source: Columbus Police Dept.)
Damion Collier ( Source: Columbus Police Dept.)

While family and friends are mourning the loss of a 24-year-old killed in a fatal officer-involved shooting, Columbus police are piecing together the victim's involvement with two area homicides.

Damion Collier, 24, of Columbus. was shot multiple times during the shooting at Wilson Homes Apartments near 35th Street and River Road Wednesday afternoon, according to Muscogee County Coroner, Buddy Bryan.

Police say Collier was on their radar for several weeks.

"There were outstanding warrants for the individual," says Columbus Police Chief, Ricky Boren.

Forty-three-year-old Darrell Boggans was injured in that shooting along with two other people.

Alec Spencer, who was also shot, was pronounced dead at the scene.

However, no murder warrants were issued for Collier in connection with Spencer's case.

"We have warrants for aggravated assault and felony possession of a firearm. We were in the process of obtaining other warrants for his arrest too," says  Boren.

Boggans survived the Easter Sunday shooting but was shot again on Winston Road April, 29. The shooting on Winston Road ended his life.

Police have not identified any connection to Collier being responsible for Boggan's death, but investigators are certain Collier had some kind of involvement in at least two area homicides.

"Both of the shootings were murders," says Boren.

The GBI is taking over the criminal investigation into his death, while the Columbus Police Department's Office of Professional Standards is handling the secondary investigation involving the officer's conduct.

There was a woman driving the car that Collier was traveling in  Wednesday at the time he was shot.  According to the GBI, she was not shot but is being treated at Piedmont Columbus Regional for minor injuries.

Collier's body is being sent to Decatur for an autopsy.

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