GBI investigating chase turned officer-involved shooting in Muscogee County

GBI investigating chase turned officer-involved shooting in Muscogee County

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A police chase starting in east Alabama and moving into Columbus ended with a shooting involving an officer.

Police say that Phenix City officers attempted a traffic stop on a red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck just before 3:00 a.m. on Apr. 15.

46-year-old Johnny Marshall Slocum, who was later identified as the driver of the vehicle, initially stopped the vehicle, but drove away when officers approached, according to the GBI.

Phenix City police officers and Russell County Sheriff’s Office deputies began a pursuit of the vehicle, traveling into Columbus on Hwy. 520.

Slocum traveled east through Columbus, into Fort Benning and Chattahoochee County, when a Chattahoochee County Sheriff’s Office deputy joined the pursuit.

The driver then attempted to exit Hwy. 520 at the Sand Hill exit and after doing so struck a barricade across the exit ramp, damaging the front end of the vehicle.

Slocum allegedly then backed the vehicle up towards the deputies at which time the Chattahoochee County Deputy and a Russell County Deputy fired at the suspect, striking him once and vehicle several times.

He was taken to Piedmont Columbus Regional for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

“At this time the sheriff’s not prepared to release a statement due to the investigation still on-going," said Amanda Jones with the Chattahoochee County Sheriff’s Office. “He can release information once it’s available to be released, but at this time he’s not releasing anything.”

The GBI is continuing to investigate before handing it over to the Chattahoochee County District Attorney’s Office.

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