UPDATE: "Physical altercation" between man and GSP trooper turns deadly
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released a statement outlining its preliminary findings in an officer-involved shooting that took place on Lumpkin Court.
Authorities confirmed Jarvis Lykes, 35, died after he was shot Friday, Dec. 29, during a Georgia State patrol road check.
In a statement, the GBI indicated both Georgia State Patrol and the Columbus Police Department were conducting a DUI checkpoint at approximately 9:30 p.m. near Cusseta Road, when a Kia Forte, driven by Lykes, turned around before reaching the officers.
The GBI said a GSP trooper attempted a traffic stop on Lykes' vehicle, but Lykes failed to pull over. Investigators said then, officers pursued his vehicle and drove into a residential neighborhood on Lumpkin Court, which is a dead-end street.
The GBI said Lykes then stopped and left his vehicle. Current findings indicate a trooper and Lykes got into a "physical altercation" as he tried to get back into his vehicle.
During the altercation, the trooper fired one shot, which struck Lykes in the upper torso.
GSP and Columbus police officers administered aid to him until EMS responded.
Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan confirmed Lykes was pronounced dead at Midtown Medical Center at 10:37 p.m.
The trooper was not injured during the incident. A search of the Kia Forte by GBI agents found a handgun inside a container in the driver's area.
The coroner's office said Lykes' body will be taken to the GBI's crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office for review.
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