GBI special agent describes long night after Centerville officer shot
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A man shot a Centerville police officer in the abdomen late Friday night. The accused shooter remains barricaded early Saturday in a Centerville home on Jeanett Place.
The police officer, Jeremy Mashuga, was taken by ambulance to the Medical Center, Navicent Health, said Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton.
Mashuga was in stable condition after undergoing surgery late Friday, Talton said. Centerville Police Chief Chuck Hadden went to the hospital to be with Mashuga.
"He's going to be OK," Councilman Cameron Andrews texted. "God is good."
Andrews was joined at the hospital by Mayor John Harley and Councilman Justin Wright to offer comfort and support to the officer's wife.
Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies converged after the officer-down call went out over the police radio. Police blocked part of Church Street, which is T-boned by Vanessa Drive. Jeanett Place is located off Vanessa Drive.
The shooter has been identified as Perry Baggett, Talton said.
Tactical teams from both the Houston County Sheriff's Office and the Warner Robins Police Department are on scene. A hostage negotiator has made repeated attempts to talk to Baggett throughout the long standoff.
A woman who had been on the second floor of the home and then pinned down by gunfire as she tried to escape was rescued from the scene by authorities. Residents in nearby homes were also evacuated.
Shots could be heard being fired shortly before midnight. Gunfire was exchanged multiple times throughout the night and early morning, Talton said.
A Georgia State Patrol helicopter was flown overhead. A GBI bomb robot was brought in an attempt to get "eyes" on Baggett inside the home.
Gas was also used to try to force Baggett out, but he's remained hidden, dug in somewhere on the second-floor, Talton said.
"We're still trying to get him out of the home," Talton said early Saturday morning.
The incident began to unfold about 9:30 p.m. Friday.
For a couple of hours early Saturday, Baggett had not been heard from, prompting concern that he might be dead, Talton said.
But then lights came on and off and there was movement in the two-story home, added Houston County sheriff's Capt. Jon Holland.
"We'll take as much time as we can to resolve it peacefully, if we can," Holland said.
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