The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday in Columbus.
Shortly before 9 p.m. deputies with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office were executing search and arrest warrants at a home on Gettysburg Way off St. Marys Road when the owner of the residence opened fire on the officers, said Sheriff John Darr.
One deputy — Investigator David Batastini — was shot, the sheriff and Chief Deputy John Fitzpatrick said. Another deputy — Investigator Tyler Findley — returned fire, mortally wounding the suspect.
“He’s recovering,” Fitzpatrick said of Batastini. “He was treated and released.”
Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower confirmed that Leroy Brockington, 66, of 5453 Gettysburg Way, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley at 9:30 p.m. His body was taken to Atlanta for an autopsy, Thrower said.
“We are conducting the independent investigation regarding the officer-involved shooting at the request of Sheriff Darr,” said Rodney Wall, agent in charge of the Columbus GBI office. “That is our role in this.”
Darr said Thursday morning his deputies arrested the man on whom they had taken a warrant for sale of marijuana. Fitzpatrick declined to say who was arrested. Darr said he was booked into the Muscogee County Jail shortly after midnight Thursday.
“Serving warrants you always know there’s that danger,” Darr said. “That’s from a search warrant to an arrest order to a pick-up order. It just goes to show you never know what’s going to happen in this line of work.”