Four suspects arrested in burglary, police shooting

benw@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 27, 2014 

Four suspects have been charged in connection with the Wednesday home invasion on Enoch Drive, including one shot in the right shoulder by a police officer in the Boxwood neighborhood, Columbus police said today.

The suspects were identified as Demitrius Javan Perry, 19, Davonte Jhaki Murphy, 21, a 16-year-old juvenile and George Franklin Warnick III, all of Columbus. Perry was shot in the right shoulder and taken by Warnick in a private vehicle to the hospital where he was treated and released.

Perry and Murphy are each charged with one count of aggravated assault on a police officer, burglary first degree, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime. The juvenile faces charges of burglary, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime and interference with government property. Warnick was charged with a drug violation. All will be in Recorder's Court for a 9 a.m. Friday hearing.

In a statement from police spokesman Lt. J.F. Ross, the 911 center was called to 1026 Enoch Drive at 7:25 p.m. on a burglary in progress. While officers were responding to the burglary, the resident of the apartment, Erwin Jenkins, called police and said he located the vehicle with armed suspects in the Preakness Drive area.

Twenty-five minutes after the original burglary call, officers arrived in the area at 7:50 p.m. and Jenkins pointed out the suspect's vehicle on Stratford Drive in the Boxwood area. Two officers had left their patrol vehicle and approached the suspects when the car drove towards an officer. A passenger in the car raised a handgun and pointed it at officer Ryan Vardman when the officer fired his .45-caliber pistol at the speeding car.

Officers lost the vehicle in a pursuit.

Vardman was not injured in the shooting. He was placed on administrative leave with pay while the Columbus Police Investigative Bureau, Office of Professional Standards and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conduct a coordinated investigation.

During the burglary, Jenkins told police that an unknown number of suspects stormed into his apartment with handguns and took an undisclosed amount of money. When police arrived at the apartment, they found the front door flung open. While searching for the suspects inside, they found a large amount of marijuana in plain view in a night stand drawer in the master bedroom. They also found a box of 45, .380 bullets on a shelf in the living room.

Jenkins, 38, was looking for the suspects when police searched the apartment.

He was later arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also will be in court Friday for a hearing at 9 a.m.

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