GBI says man killed after firing on Manchester, Ga., police may be from Columbus

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comApril 5, 2013 

Authorities believe a man police in Manchester, Ga., shot and killed after he opened fire on them Friday morning may be from Columbus.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Wayne Smith said the violent encounter about 11 a.m. followed police there finding a relatively new piece of luggage alongside the road and trying to find its owner.

In the luggage they found paperwork that led them to an address on Broxton Lane, where a vehicle from out of town was parked, Smith said. Officers tracing the tag number realized the tag had been stolen from a resident’s car next door, he said.

They were following up on this when a man who apparently had left the Broxton Lane house and crossed to a woodline began shooting at the police, Smith said. The gunfire was so intense the suspect, armed with a revolver, reloaded and kept firing, leaving numerous shell casings on the ground, the agent said.

Manchester police returned fire, killing the suspect, Smith said. The man’s identity had not yet been disclosed, he said.

Police officers later learned the man and his girlfriend had been arguing during a car trip, and she threw his luggage out onto the street, Smith said.

The GBI, which regularly investigates shootings involving police, will maintain jurisdiction in this case, Smith said.

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