Active duty soldier shot, killed early Sunday morning after breaking into apartment


02/06/17 2:45 p.m. — Columbus police say they received a call Sunday at 7:19 a.m. about someone trying to break into an apartment in the Armour Landing Apartments on Armour Avenue. Police say the man beat and kicked the door and eventually broke out a front window and crawled into an apartment where he thought his wife had gone to pick up her daughter.

Police say the man was warned by his friend that they were at the wrong apartment and a neighbor also told him he was at the wrong apartment and the neighbor would call 911 if he didn’t leave.

Both the man’s friend and the neighbor phoned 911, but even after the neighbor tried to pull him out of the broken window, the man  persisted and entered the apartment.

Inside the apartment, the victim, hearing the commotion and seeing a stranger inside her apartment, armed herself and yelled at the man to get out of her apartment.

The man refused and advanced into her bedroom where she fired a pistol one time into the subject’s chest.

The woman called 911 for help. EMS and Police were dispatched and arrived at 7:25 a.m. The man was transported to the Medical Center with gunshot wounds where he died a short time later.

Warden’s body will be sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.

Police say based on evidence at the scene of this burglary and testimony from the witnesses, no charges will be filed against the victim.


COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus Police are investigating a shooting that left an active duty soldier dead Sunday morning.

Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton tells News 3 Christopher Warden was shot while entering an apartment on Armour Ave. Warden, 30, was taken to Midtown Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:33 a.m.

Newton says Warden’s body will go to Atlanta in the coming week for an autopsy.

News 3 has not yet heard from Columbus Police for more details concerning this shooting death. News 3 also reached out to Fort Benning officials. But we’ve yet to get a response.

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