Fort Benning soldier’s death included in 3 overnight Columbus homicide investigations


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5:00 p.m. — Columbus Police Department now weighing in on three early Saturday morning death investigations that happened within hours of each other.

Just after 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning police received notification of shots fired in the Grant Road area. Shortly after, police received a call that a gunshot victim, Robert Lockhart, was transported to the hospital. He later passed away from his injuries.

Police say a suspect, Eddie Clayton, was arrested in connection to the shooting sometime after the incident. He is now charged with murder and remains in custody at the Muscogee County Jail.

In a second deadly incident, the Columbus Police Department received a call just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning of gunshots being fired at the intersection of River Road and Veterans Parkway.

Police say once they arrived on the scene, nothing was found.

They say they later received a call from the Midtown Medical Center stating, 26-year-old Donald Matthews had died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan confirms to News 3 Matthews was a Fort Benning soldier.

Columbus Police say, this investigation is ongoing.

Police are also investigating another death investigation which happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

They say Sherrod Ramsey was discovered dead, suffering from a laceration to the right arm.

CPD says they suspect this incident to be domestic in nature.


COLUMBUS, Ga. — Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan confirms to News 3,  26 year-old Donald Matthews, a Fort Benning soldier was among the those who died in Columbus overnight.

Bryan says surgery was performed on the soldier but he was pronounced dead around 6:30 Saturday morning at Midtown Medical Center.

Police are also working to learn what led to the death of 32-year-old Robert Lockhart.

Bryan says a family dispute led to the shooting.

In a third incident, police are investigating another overnight death on 4th Avenue in Columbus.

Bryan says it’s being treated as a homicide investigation.

News 3 will have the latest on all three death investigations tonight, starting on Evening Edition.

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