2:51 P.M. — Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren confirms the suspect involved in Thursday morning’s deadly police chase was wanted in connection to a murder on Ticknor Drive in April.
Boren says officers were staked out at a location where they believed they would be able to find the suspect, 22-year-old Deonte Marces Giles.
He says a chase began between police and Giles who was also with another, unidentified man. Boren says Giles’ vehicle side swiped with a patrol vehicle, forcing it to crash into a telephone pole. Meanwhile, Giles and his accomplice crashed into a nearby fence on Cusseta Road.
The police chief goes on to say Giles and the man he was with both pulled out guns and Giles pointed his at officers in a patrol vehicle. Another officer arriving on the scene saw Giles with the gun and used his police cruiser to crash into him to eliminate the threat, Boren says.
The second suspect tried to escape on foot before he was chased down by officers. He is currently in custody.
Boren says police have recovered both guns at the scene. The GBI is in the process of investigating Giles’ death.
The police officer who was injured when hit car hit the telephone pole has been treated and released. Boren says a pedestrian was also hit by the suspect’s car some time earlier during the chase. He says that person suffered non life-threatening injuries and was treated.
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2:15 P.M. — Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan identifies the suspect hit and killed by a patrol car Thursday as 22-year-old Deonte Marces Giles.
Bryan says Giles died from blunt force trauma. He also says Giles’ death is currently ruled an accident.
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus Fire and EMS confirms a police officer was injured and a chase suspect was hit by a car and killed early Thursday.
First responders on the scene say the incident happened at the intersection of Cusseta Road and 25th Avenue.
The 22-year-old suspect was reportedly involved in a chase with Columbus police officers Thursday morning. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3 at some point the suspect jumped out of his car and was hit by an oncoming patrol vehicle.
The man was pronounced dead at 11:55 a.m. in the 2600 block of Cusseta Road. Bryan says he does have the suspect’s name, but so far has not been able to reach his next of kin.
WRBL also confirms an officer was also injured at some point during the chase, but is expected to recover.
Coroner Bryan also says the GBI just arrived on the scene to begin its investigation.
This is a developing story. Stay with WRBL News 3 for updates.