Reports of a man with a gun walking down I-75 in Crisp County led to a shootout with a Crisp County deputy Sunday.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary investigation indicates Crisp County deputies responded to multiple 911 calls about a man with a handgun on I-75 Southbound near mile marker 91 in Crisp County Sunday afternoon.
Deputies encountered a man walking along the interstate in and out of traffic, causing a traffic jam. A deputy attempted to talk to the man to determine what was going on.
According to the GBI, the man then fired at the deputy with a handgun. The deputy returned fire, shooting the man. The man was airlifted to a trauma center in Macon for treatment.
No officers were injured during this incident.
GBI agents are seeking to interview additional witnesses of the incident that have not been identified at this point.
Agents have also learned the man is suspected of assaulting and robbing a passerby who stopped to offer him assistance prior to the 911 calls.
Other motorists may have been assaulted at that time. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the GBI Americus Office at (229) 931-2439 or the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 276-2600. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once the investigation is completed, it will be turned over to the Cordele Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office for review.