GBI: Houston deputy shoots motorist after chase

bpurser@macon.comMay 17, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A Houston County deputy shot a motorist Friday after the driver allegedly pulled over and rammed two sheriff’s cars following a chase, a GBI official says.

The motorist was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. The man, whose identity was not released pending notification of family, was listed in critical condition, said Rodney Wall, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Perry office. The GBI is investigating.

After leading Houston County sheriff’s deputies on an extended chase, the man pulled over on Moody Road near Lake Placid Drive about 2:12 p.m. He allegedly then began ramming two sheriff’s vehicles and was shot in the incident, Wall said. No other people were in the man’s pickup truck.

Only one sheriff’s deputy fired shots, Wall said.

How many shots were fired and the extent of the man’s injuries was not immediately known, Wall said.

Wall said he did not know why the man was fleeing from authorities, where the chase started or for how long it lasted.

But he said he understood it was a lengthy chase.

The names of the deputies were not released.

Rosemary Lancaster said she was leaving her flower shop at 2926 Moody Road at about 2:30 p.m. Friday when she saw several law enforcement vehicles quickly passing by.

Lancaster said she headed north on Moody Road when an officer directed her to turn back and head south to Ga. 96. Lancaster said she saw several law enforcement vehicles but did not see any fire trucks or ambulances.

She said she did not know what had happened.

Authorities closed Moody Road from Feagin Mill Road to Ga. 96 to most traffic -- allowing only residents access to homes. That section of the roadway remained closed early Friday night.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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