Rev. Willie Phillips witnessed part of chase on Lumpkin Court
A man fleeing from a DUI checkpoint is dead after he was shot by a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol Friday at the dead end of Lumpkin Court, a witness and authorities said Saturday.
Jarvis Lykes, 35, of Columbus was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the right shoulder at 10:37 p.m. in the emergency room at Midtown Medical Center, said Muscogee County Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley. His body will be transported to the crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy.
The unidentified trooper wasn’t injured during the incident, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a release. The shooting remains under investigation by the GBI after a request from the Georgia State Patrol.
A handgun was found in a container in the driver’s area of the Kia Forte driven by Lykes.
Preliminary information from law enforcement agencies indicates the Georgia State Patrol and Columbus police were conducting a DUI checkpoint near Cusseta Road when a Kia driven by Lykes turned around before reaching officers about 9:30 p.m. A trooper attempted to stop the driver but Lykes failed to pullover.
The trooper pursued Lykes who drove into a residential neighborhood on Lumpkin Court, a dead-end street.
After stopping his vehicle, Lykes exited the car and a physical altercation between Lykes and the trooper occurred as Lykes attempted to re-enter his vehicle. The trooper, during the altercation, fired one shot, striking Lykes in the upper torso., the GBI said.
The trooper and Columbus police rendered aid to Lykes until Columbus Department of Fire & Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on the scene.
The Rev. Willie Phillips of Winterfield on the Move Against Drugs said a checkpoint was near Elizabeth Canty Apartments before the chase. “Troopers chased him this way,” he said. “He came to the neighborhood and the state trooper was still behind him.”
Phillips was in his house on Lumpkin Court when he heard speeding vehicles rush past the street. He looked out of the door and saw a trooper with flashing lights chasing the fleeing car. The vehicle missed a turn at Thornton Avenue and ended up at the dead end.
“He couldn’t make the turn so he came to this dead end here,” said Phillips, who had walked with a neighbor to the area. “He got out of the car and the officer got out and I heard the shooting.”
The vehicles were traveling an estimated 50-60 mph on the street , he said. “I’m so thankful these children had just got off the street when it happened,” he said. “They blocked the whole neighborhood off.”
A Columbus dispatcher received a 911 call from the trooper at 9:51 p.m., the deputy coroner said. Phillips said he only heard one shot but neighbors said they possibly heard two.
For years, Phillips has called on the mayor and police to help reduce crime in the area. “We have a lot of drug problems and crime going on in this community,” he said.
The GBI soon joined the troopers, Columbus Police Department, Columbus Department of Fire & Emergency Medical Services and Columbus police detectives after the shooting. “They had all these intersections blocked off and it was just a sad situation,” he said.
After an independent investigation is completed, the GBI will turn the investigation over to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.