The Columbus man wounded in Friday morning’s officer-involved shooting allegedly aimed a shotgun at a drug agent before the 41st Street incident, according to testimony Monday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Manolito Eugene Lewis, 24, of Columbus pleaded not guilty to one count each of aggravated assault on a police officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail without bond on the aggravated assault charge. He was awarded a $2,500 bond on the other charge.
Judge Julius Hunter bound the case over to Superior Court.
Special Agent Will Montgomery with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said he was called to the Columbus residence at 1201 41st Street around Friday morning to investigate an officer-involved shooting. No officials were injured, but the suspect was wounded.
He said the Metro Narcotics Drug Task Force announced that they had a search warrant before going into the home around 6 a.m. that morning to look for illegal narcotics.
Lewis was allegedly on a couch facing the front door when agents entered. Montgomery said he was armed with a shotgun at the time.
“When he entered the residence, Mr. Lewis pointed the shotgun that was in his hands at Special Agent Ryan Anglin,” said Montgomery, who declined to release further details.
Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren told the Ledger-Enquirer that Anglin is with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.
Boren said Friday morning that one agent fired several shots at Lewis, striking him twice in the leg. The suspect was taken to Columbus Midtown Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries before being booked into jail.
Officials declined to clarify which agent shot Lewis.