TCSO officers assist in high speed chase that led into Columbus officer-involved shooting
Published 11:00 am Thursday, June 10, 2021
Deputies with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a high-speed chase Tuesday on Interstate 185 that ended after the driver was shot and killed by police after firing at officers, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigations press release.
The driver, later identified as Kevin Christopher Caldwell, 33, of Sharpsburg, led law enforcement into Columbus, was involved in a car accident, and then fired at officers, per the press release. A GSP trooper returned fire, striking Caldwell multiple times. Caldwell was transported to a hospital in Columbus where he was pronounced deceased.
The incident started Tuesday at 4 pm. when TCSO deputies saw a black BMW 545i traveling 93 mph in a 70-mph speed zone on I-185 southbound near mile marker 46.
The deputies attempted to stop the
vehicle, but the driver did not stop, and a vehicle pursuit was initiated.
The pursuit continued southbound on I-185 into Harris County.
During the pursuit, a Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy reportedly deployed stop sticks to disable the vehicle but was unsuccessful.
At some point during the chase, a GSP trooper and a motor carrier compliance division officer joined in the pursuit, according to the press release.
The pursuit continued on I-185 into Columbus, Muscogee County, where Caldwell exited the interstate at exit 6.
After exiting, at the base of the exit ramp, Caldwell collided with a blue Toyota Corolla, then came to a rest in the eastbound lanes of Macon Road.
According to the press release, it was at this point that Caldwell shot at officers with a handgun and a GSP trooper returned fire, striking Caldwell multiple times.
Caldwell was transported to a hospital in Columbus where he was pronounced deceased.
There were no officers injured during the incident. The driver of the Toyota Corolla was transported to the hospital for injuries for treatment.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once completed, it will be turned over to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office for review.
This is the 38th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2021, the press release states.