The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has concluded its probe into a Columbus State University Police officer who shot a person on campus in March.
GBI Special Agent in Charge Fred Wimberly said Thursday the investigation was concluded this week and the file was given to the Muscogee County District Attorney's Office. District Attorney Julia Slater said she received it Thursday morning and has not yet looked at it.
Asked if the GBI was recommending charges against Sgt. Ben Scott, Wimberly said that decision was up to the district attorney.
Slater said it was premature for any discussion on how her office will proceed.
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"We will do a critical review," Slater said. "We will make sure that everything that should have been done was done."
She said it could take her office months to make a decision on the case. In one of the most recent officer-involved shootings, Slater's office spent nearly one year after the GBI turned over files to her office before she announced her decision.
John Lester, Columbus State University vice president of University Relations, said the university does not have a copy of the GBI report.
Scott is accused of shooting and killing Zikarious Jaquan Flint on March 30 after a student reported seeing someone loading a handgun while sitting in a gazebo near the Courtyard 1 apartments on the main campus, according to the university. He currently is back on duty.
"He went back on duty after an internal review showed he violated no CSU police or university policy," Lester said.
CSU officials said in April that Flint was found with a loaded pistol after three university police officers chased him through Courtyard 1, across University Avenue, and then back across University Avenue, re-entering the student apartment complex. Officers were in pursuit the whole time, repeatedly ordering the man to drop his weapon, they said.
Flint was shot twice — once in the back and once in the back of the neck — according to the Muscogee County Coroner. Flint, 20, was not a CSU student.
The CSU account differs from what an attorney representing Flint’s family said in April.
“The three witnesses that I spoke to said Mr. Flint was running away, and he didn’t have any type of weapon in either of his hands while running,” said attorney Stacey Jackson.
Flint was on campus with three friends who also were not CSU students, Jackson said. Flint’s friends were the three witnesses Jackson cited. They and Flint were visiting CSU students, Jackson said.
According to a CSU news release, several witnesses came forward to say they saw a man running from police with a gun.
“A Glock model 22 .40-caliber pistol, holding eight rounds of ammunition, was recovered where the victim fell, adjacent to a Courtyard 1 apartment building,” said the CSU release. “The weapon was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as evidence.”
Scott, 44, was hired by the university over two years ago after working more than 17 years for Columbus Police. In 2004, he was named Columbus Police Officer of the Year, according to CSU.