Coroner identifies murder suspect hit and killed by Columbus police

Published: May. 18, 2017 at 4:19 PM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2017 at 10:31 AM EDT
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Deonte Giles (Source: Muscogee County Jail)
Deonte Giles (Source: Muscogee County Jail)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – News Leader 9 has confirmed that a Columbus police officer struck a murder suspect on Cusseta Road on Thursday.

The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Deonte Marces Giles. According to Police Chief Ricky Boren, a police officer followed Giles with a warrant out for his arrest for the deadly shooting on Ticknor Drive that killed 44-year-old Dudley Jones Jr. 

Giles then attempted to flee from police causing a short police chase. The officer called for backup and that's when two more police cars arrived on the scene.

Giles and a passenger attempted to exit the vehicle, reportedly with a handgun. That's when an unmarked police car, called as part of backup assistance, hit and killed Giles.

"A second blue and white that was responding saw that individual that was responding and ran over the individual to eliminate the threat," said Columbus Police Chief, Ricky Boren.

He was pronounced dead around noon and the officer has been released from the hospital.

"We have an individual on the scene that's deceased as a result of that incident, being struck by a patrol car, and he has been identified as the murder suspect that we were looking for in the area of Ticknor Drive earlier this year," said Boren.

The passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody.

A bystander was also reportedly hit during the chase but is said to be in stable condition.

The Cusseta Road community says they are in outrage over the situation.

"Y'all need to do something about these police killing us! They killing us and nobody doing anything about it!," said an eyewitness who lives off of Cusseta Road.

The GBI is investigating this incident.

No word on the status of the officer who hit Giles.

This is a developing story; check back for more updates.

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