Suspected kidnapper shot and killed after multi-county police chase, GBI investigates

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is responding to an officer-involved shooting in Bulloch County.

According to the GBI Tattnall County Sheriff’s deputies and the Reidsville police officers went to Rabun Avenue to investigate a possible home invasion and kidnapping at gunpoint. A family member of the hostage initially chased the kidnapper. 

Authorities later began pursuing the suspect in the Collins, Georgia area. The suspect fired at a Georgia State Patrol Trooper on I-16 in Candler County, police say.

The chase went through multiple counties before police used the PIT maneuver to end the pursuit in Bulloch County.

Once the car was stopped, the suspect exited the vehicle while holding the victim at gunpoint. The victim was eventually able to get away from the kidnapper. 

Law enforcement officers then shot the kidnapper. The man was airlifted to Memorial Health University Hospital in Savannah where he later died, authorities say.

In a statement sent to FOX 5, the GBI also noted that "during the shooting, a nearby residence was struck by gunfire and an occupant suffered from a minor injury that did not require medical attention."

The multi-county chase involved the Georgia State Patrol, Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office, Reidsville Police Department, Evans County Sheriff’s Office, Candler County Sheriff’s Office, and Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office. 

The man is expected to be taken to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Pooler for autopsy. The man's identification was not immediately made available. 

A GBI investigation continues.

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