Crime

Forsyth shooting suspect leads police on chase, apparently kills himself

A Forsyth man died Thursday morning of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after he allegedly shot another man at a Forsyth apartment complex and led police on a multicounty car chase.

Forsyth police were notified about 8:50 a.m. that a person had been shot at Piedmont Hills apartments on West Main Street, according to a news release. Jay Thomas Wilson, 37, of Fayetteville, was found lying face down after suffering multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Witnesses reported seeing 29-year-old Milton Terry Bowden, the alleged shooter, leave in a white Chevrolet truck headed north on U.S. 41 toward Barnesville. Responding to a lookout, Lamar County Sheriff Brad White saw the truck and Bowden in Barnesville, the release said.

White tried to stop the truck, but a chase ensued -- headed toward Monroe County on U.S. 341. Monroe County deputies took over the chase at the county line.

The chase passed through Culloden on U.S. 341 and into Crawford County where a Monroe County deputy performed a maneuver, causing the truck to roll, according to the release.

After the truck stopped, resting on its top, authorities heard a single gunshot come from inside the truck, according to police.

Wilson, the man who was shot earlier in the day, was taken to a local hospital. His condition wasn’t immediately available Thursday.

A motive for the shooting hasn’t yet been identified.

Forsyth police and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are investigating Wilson’s shooting. The GBI is investigating Bowden’s death, and the Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Bowden’s body has been taken to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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