UPDATE: Assistant DA dies from self-inflicted gunshot inside Columbus Government Center

Updated: Oct. 14, 2020 at 2:41 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A death investigation is underway inside the Columbus Government Center.

Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley confirmed 60-year-old Michael Craig, an assistant district attorney, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday afternoon.

Muscogee County Sheriff Donna Tompkins has confirmed that the Columbus Government Center was locked down for a short time after they initially believed there could be an active shooter inside the building. This was quickly determined not to be the case.

“We took the measures that we did initially because of the calls that we were getting," Tompkins said. "We did not know exactly what we were dealing with inside the government center. That’s why everything was blocked off and the government center was shut down.”

News Leader 9′s archives show Craig had been an assistant district attorney with the city for at least a decade.

The Columbus Government Center has completely reopened.

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Posted by WTVM News Leader 9 on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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