WARNER ROBINS — A man was shot by a Georgia State Patrol trooper in the driveway of a Warner Robins home late Saturday after a car and foot chase, authorities said.
Abraham Mocombe, 26, of Warner Robins, was transported to The Medical Center of Central Georgia after he was shot once in the side, said Craig Rotter, GBI assistant special agent in charge of the Perry office. Mocombe, whose injuries were not life-threatening, was in stable condition Monday at the hospital, Rotter said.
The GBI is investigating the incident per GSP policy when a trooper is involved in a shooting to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, said GSP Cpl. Elbert Slappy.
Trooper 1st Class Justin Tabor was placed on paid administrative leave during the GBI investigation into the shooting at 206 Hunters Ridge Road, Slappy said.
Houston County sheriff’s deputies and GSP troopers were conducting a roadblock on Elberta Road at Avalon Circle late Saturday when the driver, later identified as Mocombe, turned around the Cadillac DeVille in an attempt to avoid the road check, according to Rotter, Slappy and a Houston County sheriff’s incident report.
Tabor, who activated lights and sirens, attempted to pull Mocombe over and a chase ensued, Rotter said.
At the dead end of Meadow Glenn Court, Mocombe jumped out of the moving car and fled on foot, Rotter said. The car crashed into a tree, Rotter said.
Tabor, who identified himself and shouted commands to stop, pursued Mocombe on foot through the residential area, Rotter said.
Two streets over on Hunters Ridge, Tabor was attempting to arrest Mocombe by issuing commands to get on the ground when Mocombe turned and reached “like he was trying to pull a weapon out of his (pants) pocket,” Rotter said.
Tabor fired three times, striking Mocombe once, Rotter said.
No weapon was recovered from Mocombe, Rotter said.
About 40 pills of prescription medication packaged for resale were found on Mocombe, with an estimated street value of $25 to $30 a pill, Rotter said. The GBI obtained a search warrant for Mocombe’s car but had not yet processed it, Rotter said.
Mocombe was charged by the GBI with obstruction of a police officer and unlawful possession of narcotics, Rotter said.
Meanwhile, the GSP charged Mocombe with fleeing and attempting to elude an officer, reckless driving, failure to yield at a stop sign, speeding, failure to maintain lane, and leaving the scene of an accident, Slappy said.
Once the GBI investigation into the officer shooting is completed, the findings will be turned over to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for a determination on whether the trooper acted properly in firing upon Mocombe, Rotter said.
The incident happened about 11:50 p.m., according to the sheriff’s incident report.
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