Deputy Struck by Vehicle Leads to Police Shooting in Douglas

November 1, 2023
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The Gist: An investigation into fraudulent cargo trailer purchases in Douglas escalated when police say suspects struck a deputy with their vehicle, resulting the deputy shooting at the suspects.

What’s Happening:

  • The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office had been probing fraudulent cargo trailer purchases.
  • According to the GBI,as deputies tried to arrest individuals involved, the situation intensified when the suspects tried to escape, using their vehicle as a weapon against a deputy. This led to the shooting of James Jones, 49, of Atlanta.

🔍 Between the Lines:

  • Following the incident, James Jones and Dexter Bowen, 53, also of Atlanta, were arrested.
  • Both the injured deputy and Jones received medical attention locally before being transferred to a hospital in Savannah, where they are in stable condition.

🏃 Catch Up Quick:

  • The confrontation took place in the 800 block of Bowens Mill Road SE in Douglas.
  • The GBI is now leading the investigation, having been called in by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.

🖼️ The Big Picture: The investigation remains active. Once concluded, the Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office will review the case. The public is encouraged to come forward with any information that might assist the GBI or the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office in their investigations.

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