A Muscogee County deputy fatally shot a man and another deputy was hit when gunfire broke out as authorities served warrants Wednesday night.
Shortly before 9 p.m., deputies and U.S. Marshals were inside a Gettysburg Way home, off St. Marys Road, executing search and arrest warrants when the owner of the residence opened fire on the officers, said Sheriff John Darr.
One deputy — Investigator David Batastini — was shot, the sheriff said. Another deputy — Investigator Tyler Findley — returned fire, mortally wounding the suspect.
“He’s recovering,” Chief Deputy John Fitzpatrick said of Batastini. “He was treated and released.”
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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.
Brockington had a number of gunshot wounds, the coroner added, though specifics won’t be known until the autopsy’s completion.
“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 that his deputies arrested Darrick Brockington, Leroy Brockington’s son, a 40-year-old on whom they had taken a warrant for sale of marijuana.
“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.”