GBI investigating officer-involved shooting on Gentian Blvd. after suspect shot multiple times

GBI investigating officer-involved shooting on Gentian Blvd. after suspect shot multiple times

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into an officer-involved shooting that took place late last night on Gentian Blvd. in Columbus.

The Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office began surveillance on 30-year-old Christopher O’Brien Lawrence at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Mar. 23 at The Hills apartment complex. He was wanted in connection to multiple felony arrest warrants.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., deputies saw Lawrence exit an apartment and get into a white Toyota Camry. Deputies surrounded the Camry and attempted to arrest Lawrence. He then attempted to flee and while doing so hit and injured a deputy with his vehicle.

Three deputies fired shots at Lawrence and then engaged in a brief chase in the parking lot that ended in a wreck between deputies and Lawrence.

Deputies then arrested Lawrence and found that he had been shot multiple times. Both Lawrence and the injured deputy were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. There is no word on their conditions at this time.

Lawrence is facing the following charges:

  • Aggravated assault on an officer
  • Felony obstruction of an officer
  • Two counts of violation of probation for burglary
  • Bench warrant for trafficking in illegal drugs, possession of schedule one controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance
  • Violation of probation for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer
  • Violation of probation for obstruction of an officer, controlled substance and no state license

The Columbus Police Department had the following arrest warrants out for Lawrence:

  • Felony criminal interference with government property
  • Felony obstruction of an officer
  • Felony violation of the Federal Firearms Act
  • Felony criminal damage to property
  • Felony entering an auto
  • Felony criminal attempt
  • Misdemeanor criminal trespass
  • City ordinance discharging a firearm in the city

The state of Kansas had the following charges out on Lawrence:

  • Distribution of heroin
  • Distribution of cocaine
  • Felony possession
  • Felony interference
  • Two counts of misdemeanor possession
  • Trespassing
  • Aggravated failure to appear

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