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GBI investigates fatal officer-involved shooting on Macon Rd. at I-185

GBI agents are investigating the shooting
GBI agents are investigating the shooting
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:26 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:32 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that took place June 8.

According to the GBI, Troup County Sheriff’s Office deputies saw a black BMW 545i traveling southbound on I-185, at a speed of 93 mph in a 70 mph speed zone. Deputies attempted a stop, however the driver did not stop, resulting in a vehicle pursuit.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 33-year-old Kevin Christopher Caldwell, of Sharpsburg, Ga.

The pursuit continued southbound on I-185 into Harris County. During the pursuit, a Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy reportedly deployed stop sticks to disable the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. At some point, a GSP Trooper and a Motor Carrier Compliance Division officer joined in the pursuit.

The pursuit continued on I-185 into Columbus, where Caldwell got off on Macon Road. After exiting, at the base of the exit ramp, Caldwell collided with a blue Toyota Corolla, then came to a rest in the eastbound lanes of Macon Road.

Reportedly, it was at this time that Caldwell shot at officers with a handgun and a GSP trooper returned fire, striking Caldwell multiple times. Caldwell was transported to Peidmont Columbus Regional where he was pronounced dead.

There were no officers injured during this shooting incident. The driver of the Toyota Corolla involved in the collision was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact the GBI Region 2 Field Office at 706-565-7888.

This is the 38th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2021.

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