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Woman dies after officer-involved shooting; Bibb deputy on paid administrative leave

Lizella woman shot, killed when she draws gun on deputy U.S. Marshal

A member of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force shot and killed a Lizella woman while being searched as officers executed a warrant Tuesday morning on Fulton Mill Road.
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A member of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force shot and killed a Lizella woman while being searched as officers executed a warrant Tuesday morning on Fulton Mill Road.

A woman is dead after an exchange of gunfire in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday, and a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy is on paid administrative leave.

Kaley Gay, 25, of Lizella, was shot twice: wounded in the chest and in the neck, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones. Gay was pronounced dead at 11:29 a.m. at the emergency room at the Medical Center, Navicent Health.

At 10:15 a.m., a four-member team of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for the U.S. Marshal Service was serving a warrant at 5530 Fulton Mill Road.

A woman, later identified as Gay, who was being patted down by one of the officers, drew small weapon and fired upon the officer, said J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the GBI office in Perry. The officer returned fire.

“While they were inside the house, they saw a white female who had her hands inside her pockets,” Ricketson said. “They gave her instructions to remove her hands so they could see them.

“They got her into the kitchen area. They put her on the floor to search her and during this time, this white female subject drew a small semi-automatic pistol from a concealed area and fired at least one round. The officer that was conducting the pat-down search returned fire and the incident was brought under control. EMS was called and she was transported to the Navicient Health Center,” Ricketson said.

A man for whom the task force had served a warrant to arrest had already been taken into custody without incident at the home prior to the shooting, Ricketson said.

The man, Robert Williams, 34, who lived at the residence, was wanted on a violation of probation for a child-molestation conviction, said John Edgar, chief inspector for the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Williams was being held Tuesday night at the Houston County Detention Center.

When the task force first arrived to serve the warrant, Williams and Gay were sitting inside a screened-in porch, Edgar said.

The two fled inside the residence and slammed the door when they saw the officers, Edgar said.

The officers “knocked a couple of times and then had to breach the door,” Edgar said.

Williams complied with the officers’ instructions to come to them and was handcuffed, Edgar said.

Gay did not live at the residence, Edgar said.

Gay had outstanding arrest warrants for failure to appear on methamphetamine charges out of Peach County, credit-card fraud charges in Bibb County and a violation of probation on a methamphetamine conviction out of Jones County, Edgar said.

Gay also had a restraining order against her for going to somebody’s house with a weapon, Edgar said.

The officers involved were from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Community Supervision and the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Edgar said.

Both Ricketson and Edgar declined to release the names of the officers involved, including the name of the officer who returned fire.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office would only say that their deputy was on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol. The other agencies said their officers did not fire a weapon. The Jones County officer was investigator Gary Nelson, Sheriff Butch Reece said.

The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is comprised of members of local law enforcement agencies. They serve the Middle Georgia area.

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