PHENIX CITY, Ala. – A Columbus police officer stands at the center of a multi-agency investigation after his alleged involvement in a deadly shooting.
Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry, Jr. says 17-year-old Christian Redwine from Columbus died, and two others were injured in the officer-involved shooting.
The incident started shortly before 4:25 EST Saturday, when Columbus Police spotted what they believe was a suspicious vehicle around some businesses near the intersection of Milgen Rd. and Reese Rd. Police noticed the car was driving in and around several businesses, which were closed at the time.
Officers called in the vehicle to the Columbus 911 Center, where authorities confirmed the car stolen. Police then tried to stop the car; however, the driver reportedly ignored the officers, and lead them on a chase across the river into Phenix City.
Police say the driver, attempting to escape police, turned onto Riverchase Dr. off Highway 80. That’s when the driver allegedly lost control of his car and wrecked off the side of the road.
A Columbus Police officer then got out of his patrol car and came face to face with the three suspects inside the vehicle. No details are given about what happened between the officer exiting his car and the same officer firing several shots at the suspects.
Redwine has a criminal history mostly involving burglaries, according to court records. Two other people inside the car Redwine was driving went to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, where they received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
Because the incident happened in Alabama, Phenix City Police deferred the reigns of the investigation to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the State Bureau of Investigation. Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren and the Russell County District Attorney’s office also deferred to ALEA and the SBI.
CPD says they are still in the early stages of the investigation, but they expect more details to become available in the near future.
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