The second police-involved shooting in the last two days occurred Friday while the Metro Narcotics Task Force was serving a search warrant at a house near Holly Avenue and 41st Street, Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said.
The Task Force, which is comprised of officers from multiple law enforcement agencies in the Chattahoochee Valley, went to the house around 6 a.m. to serve the warrant, Boren said.
“As they entered the house with a search warrant, an individual in the house that was apparently protecting whatever was in the house stood up and pointed a shotgun at the agents,” the police chief said.
One agent fired several shots, and the suspect was struck in the leg twice, the chief said.
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Late Friday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which was requested to take over the investigation as part of standard procedure, identified the man as Manolito Lewis, 24. He was treated at Midtown Medical Center and released to the Muscogee County Jail. He was charged with one count of aggravated assault on a police officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Boren said the suspect’s weapon has been recovered. It’s unclear at this time whether the incident was recorded on any police-issued body cameras.
This is the second-officer involved shooting in Columbus in two days and the third since Labor Day.
Officials said they were responding to a shots fired call at the intersection of Luna Drive and Mill Branch when an officer shot 28-year-old Lindsey Donaldson in the leg around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. His injuries weren’t life threatening.
Officials said Donaldson aimed a gun at police before the shooting, and he ignored demands to drop the weapon. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.
Authorities said 52-year-old James Fuller was wanted in Texas on methamphetamine charges when he was shot and killed Sept. 4 during a scuffle with police on the scene of a domestic violence call in Oakland Park.
Boren said the officers were trying to take him into custody at the time, and Fuller reached for what appeared to have been a gun before the scuffle.
Staff writer Ben Wright and photographer Mike Haskey contributed to this report.