Officer wounded during shootout at Georgia prison

A police officer was shot and another man killed after a contraband incident at Washington State Prison in Davidsboro.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was asked by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Corrections to investigate the shooting that occurred on the perimeter of the prison.

According to the GBI, preliminary information indicates that two men were in Washington County for a contraband drop at the Washington State Prison at about 10:39 p.m. Sunday.

The investigation indicates the items believed to be contraband found at the scene were intended to be introduced into the prison.

K-9 officers working the contraband drop got into a shooting incident with 26-year-old Marquavious Rashod Parks, of Athens, GBI officials say. One officer was hit and transported to a hospital in Augusta with non-life-threatening injuries. The officer was treated and released.

Parks was later found dead in a nearby pond.

According to the GBI, 51-year-old John Frank Snow, of Monroe, was taken into custody. Multiple charges against Snow are pending including aggravated assault against a peace officer and felony murder. More charges are anticipated.

The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Parks.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation of the officer involved shooting. Upon completion, it will be submitted to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office for next steps.

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