News

UPDATE: Bank robbery suspect dies after being shot by Macon police

A man suspected of robbing the Bank of America on Riverside Drive died this afternoon after being shot by Macon police.

Police said Robert Alexander Bodden, 23, of Gordon was pronounced dead just before 2 p.m.

A Macon police officer shot Bodden after a foot chase from Interstate 75 after he reached for the officer's gun, police said.

Bodden was shot in the chest near Riverside Drive and was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Capt. Jimmy Barbee said.

Barbee said the case was under investigation.

"We treat our own just like everyone else," he said. "We'll sit down and go through A to Z on everything."

Barbee didn't know whether Bodden had grabbed the officer's arm or weapon, and said Bodden was standing at the time of the shooting.

However a witness to the shooting said Bodden was on the ground and that she didn't see a struggle.

"I didn't see (Bodden) tussling. I didn't see (Bodden) reaching," 25-year-old Nicole Johnson said.

She said she and her mother were stopped at a traffic light near the Waffle House where Bodden was shot.

She said she saw Bodden fall to his chest and an officer near his feet. A second officer went to his knees and that's when she heard, but did not see, the gun go off, she said. She said the officer had his back to her.

Only minutes before, the Bank of America at 2720 Riverside Drive was held up by a man and a woman. The suspects, which included Bodden, fled in a silver sedan.

A Macon police officer spotted the car near Spring Street as it entered I-75 north. The officer tried to pull over the vehicle, which fled north on 75 toward Pierce Avenue. Investigators at the scene and other officers got ahead of the chase and shut down I-75 near the Pierce exit.

After the silver sedan rammed a police car, Bodden fled across the interstate while officers apprehended the female inside the vehicle in the median of the interstate. Bodden ran into the parking lot of a Waffle House, where he was shot.

Bodden, who was bleeding from his chest, was taken by ambulance from The Medical Center of Central Georgia as crime scene investigators combed the restaurant and its front lawn for evidence. He later died at the Medical Center.

A swarm of officers from both the police department as well as the Bibb County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, which was roped off in crime tape. Lunchtime diners at the S&S Restaurant gathered in the parking lot to observe the commotion.

Riverside Drive heading toward downtown was closed temporarily while rescue crews remove the man by ambulance.

Come back to macon.com for more details on this breaking story.

Related stories from Macon Telegraph

  Comments