UPDATE: Robert Bolden's autopsy results revealed

Columbus shooting claims man's life on his birthday

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - New details were released on Robert Bolden's autopsy results.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan says autopsy results show Bolden suffered from a gunshot wound to his torso. Bryan says the manner of his death is being ruled as a homicide.

Bolden, who just turned 44 years old on Nov. 5, was shot in front of Riverwind Apartments in Columbus that same day. 

Lieutenant Greg Touchberry with the CPD Robbery and Assault unit reports patrol units were dispatched to the corner of Riverland Drive and Hawthorne Drive at approximately 12:21 p.m. in reference to a shooting.

Upon their arrival, they discovered Bolden suffering from a gunshot wound.


Bolden was transported to Midtown Medical Center where he was immediately rushed into surgery. He was pronounced dead at 6:56 p.m. at Columbus Regional.

Bolden's neighbor, Kerry Grant who lived right across from Bold en's house on the 2000 block of Broadmoor Drive says Bolden was a great friend to be around.

"He was a good person and he always spoke to people in the neighborhood when he saw them," Grant said. "He always took care of his kids, and when I heard about his death, we all felt sad for him. We felt like one of our family members had passed."

Grant says Bolden's families and friends are in his prayers.

"I was so shocked, and I even spoke to him that morning," Grant said. "His attitude and personality made everyone feel welcomed. It's a shame what happened."

Martha Bryant, one of the witnesses of the incident told News Leader 9 on Nov. 5 that she heard multiple shots being fired.

"I was in my bedroom and I heard about four or five gunshots go off. Three was close, two was in the distance," Bryant recalls. 

Bryant lives at the Riverwind Apartments, and she says this type of activity is unusual for her neighborhood. 

"For this to happen in broad daylight, right there... that's scary. This building has kids in it," Bryant says.

Bryant says her son looked out of their apartment window as the shooting occurred. 

"He saw the red flash from the gun," she tells us. 

She says he also noticed people running away from the scene after the shots were fired. 

"He saw somebody go over that way that was wearing a gray sweat suit, with the hoodie and everything," Bryant explains.

His body was sent to Atlanta around 7:30 a.m. for an autopsy and a toxicology test, according to Muscogee Coroner Buddy Bryan.

Bolden's death marks the 22nd homicide of the year in Columbus.

Officials are asking anyone with any information about this shooting to contact St. Jeff Bridges at 706-225-4367 or the Robbery/Assault Unit at 706-653-3400.

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