UPDATE: DA Jones says officers justified in shooting suspect after multi-county car chase

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UPDATE: District Attorney Mark Jones commented on last night’s chase and shooting. Jones told News 3 he believes the officers were justified in their use of force.

“There are dash cameras for several of the vehicles that were close by. That footage should capture the entire incident, so if something doesn’t add up then we go back and we look at it. Then we look at things like did it follow department policy in terms of pursuit. But obviously the guy was armed and dangerous if it went down how the initial reports are saying it went down, it would be a lawful use of force under the Georgia Law,” Jones said.

After the Georgia Bureau of Investigations completes its investigation, the investigation will be handed to Jones, who must decide whether or not to pursue a case against the officers.

Jones said the GBI has requested video surveillance from Captain D’s and McDonald’s on Macon Road where the incident occurred.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla, who sustained injuries in the collision, will be able to file a civil claim against Caldwell, according to Jones.

“They would have a civil claim against them, probably on his policy if he had any, as well as their own automobile insurance policy. They would definitely have a claim and they should probably seek counsel on that,” Jones said.

COLUMBUS, Ga.(WRBL) – The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Columbus that left one man dead, according to a GBI news release.

Authorities say Kevin Christopher Caldwell, 33, fled from sheriff’s deputies in Troup County on June 8. Deputies attempted to stop Caldwell in his black BMW, which they clocked traveling 93 mph southbound in the 70 mph zone on I-185.

Caldwell fled south into Harris County where Harris County Sheriff’s deputies were notified of the pursuit. Harris County Sheriff deputies deployed stop sticks to stop Caldwell but were unsuccessful.

A Georgia State Patrol Trooper and a Motor Carrier Compliance Division officer joined the pursuit.

In Muscogee County, Caldwell pulled off I-185 at exit 6 onto Macon Road, where his BMW collided with a blue Toyota Corolla.

After colliding with the car, authorities say Caldwell began firing shots at officers with a handgun. The GSP Trooper returned shots, striking Caldwell multiple times. Caldwell was transferred to Piedmont Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:57 p.m.

No officers were injured during the shooting. The driver of the Toyota Corolla involved in the accident was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once completed, it will be turned over to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office for review.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact the GBI Region 2 Field Office at (706) 565-7888. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1(800) 597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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