Columbus Georgia News Reports on Weekend Shootings
The weekend was not one to forget for the city of Columbus, Georgia. From Friday to Sunday, police officers responded to numerous shootings, robberies and home invasions throughout the metro area, some fatal. WRBL’s reporters spoke with Columbus police Monday morning about the incidents that occurred this past weekend.
A man was shot and killed at a Columbus State University campus apartment on Sunday after a brief foot chase, the university said. The man, who was reportedly seen loading a gun, was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries but died soon afterward.
According to the Associated Press, police were called to an area near some campus apartments at 2:35 p.m. and began chasing the man on foot, according to Chief Rus Drew. He said the man turned around to face the officers when shots were fired and was wounded.
Bill Sutley, the spokesman for the university, told AP that the suspect was taken to a local hospital but later died there. He declined to say how the shooting happened.
Another shooting occurred on a Columbus street Saturday night. WRBL has not confirmed whether the two were related or not, but there was heavy police presence in the area.
A 19-year-old man is being held without bond on a murder charge in connection with the death of a man in Phenix City, Alabama, earlier this year. The man was shot in the head and left a suicide note, Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
The suspect, identified as Briterrin Campbell, was arrested in Columbus on Wednesday after being sought by Phenix City police for the murder. Campbell was also wanted in connection with a car crash in Alabama that left a woman injured and two children missing, Russell County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Sibley said.
An officer-involved shooting in Columbus on Monday has been turned over to the GBI for investigation, police said. The investigation is ongoing, but an officer involved in the incident was placed on administrative leave.
In a news conference, police said the man shot was not identified and his name will not be released until an investigation is complete. The GBI will then take the case file to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.
Roberts, a 39-year-old Black man charged with five racially motivated shootings in Alabama and Georgia, told police that he targeted white men because they had wronged him all his life, a detective testified on Monday. He told police he believed the men were trying to kill him, but he could not determine whether they did or not.
On Saturday, Roberts was arrested for aggravated assault and other crimes. CNN is working to determine if he has legal representation.
The latest fatal police-involved shooting is the 56th since the start of the year, and comes just a few weeks after a white Columbus officer was found not guilty of killing an unarmed Black man in a garage. The case prompted furious protests. The family of Andre Hill, a 47-year-old Black man, received $10 million in a settlement from Columbus in December 2020.