19-Year-Old Shot by Georgia Police Just Before Christmas

December 26, 2023
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🔍 The Gist: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing a police shooting in Columbus where 19-year-old Dwayne Neely was injured. The shooting occurred on December 22 at Peachtree Mall.

🚔 The Details: On the evening of December 22, Columbus Police responded to reports of a person breaking into vehicles at Peachtree Mall’s parking lot. The suspect, identified as Dwayne Neely, allegedly pointed a gun at witnesses.

Upon encountering police, an exchange of gunfire ensued, resulting in Neely being shot multiple times. He received first aid at the scene and was later hospitalized at Piedmont Midtown Hospital.

⚖️ Why It Matters: Officer-involved shootings are significant due to their impact on community trust and police transparency. Independent investigations like those conducted by the GBI are crucial for ensuring impartiality and accountability in such sensitive cases.

📢 What You Can Do: Individuals with information related to the shooting are urged to contact the GBI’s regional investigative office in Columbus at 706-565-7888. Anonymous tips can be submitted at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online or through the “See Something, Send Something” mobile app.

🔮 What’s Next?: The GBI’s investigation remains active. Upon completion, the findings will be handed over to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review. The outcome of this investigation could have implications for both the involved officers and Dwayne Neely.


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