UPDATE: Man ID’d in multi-county chase that ends with fatal crash; crime scene at Macon Road and I-185

Georgia State Patrol, GBI will lead the investigation
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 4:46 PM EDT
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Columbus, Ga. (WTVM) - A multi-county chase appears to have ended with a crime scene at the Macon Road at the I-185 interchange. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.

Lt. Scott Jeter, with the Georgia State Patrol, tells News Leader 9 a Harris County unit deployed a “stop stick” (aka spike strip) before Georgia State Patrol intercepted the pursuit on I-185. Lt. Jeter said the violator, who was driving a Black BMW, continued and exited off the southbound ramp at Macon Road. Officers then attempted a pit maneuver and that’s when the violator hit a raised concrete median and side swiped a Toyota Corolla. Occupants of the vehicle were transported to Columbus Regional. Lt. Jeter could not give an update on the violator’s condition nor could he say anything about the number of shots fired or who fired the shots.

NEW INFORMATION: According to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan, 33-year old Kevin Caldwell was pronounced dead at Piedmont Columbus Regional at approximately 5:57 p.m. Caldwell suffered from multiple gunshot wounds.

Earlier, Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon said that it started in Troup County ending in Columbus. He added that Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Bureau of Investigation will head up the investigation.

Chief Blackmon confirmed shots fired as well, but also could not verify who fired weapons.

News Leader 9 has crews on the scene and will update this story as information becomes available.

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