State agents investigating after one person shot by trooper after chase in Screven Co.

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Updated: Aug. 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM EDT
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SCREVEN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Georgia State Patrol after one person died following a chase on Friday.

The GBI reports that a trooper attempted to stop a Nissan Sentra for a traffic-related offense on Stony Pond Road in Screven County. The Sentra refused to stop and the trooper pursued the car down several county roads.

The trooper performed a PIT (Precision Intervention Technique) and the car stopped after running into a ditch.

The trooper then fired one round, hitting 60-year-old Julian Lewis. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy will be conducted at the GBI crime lab. No officers were injured.

Lewis’ mother hung a cross at the scene.

“We’re going to truly miss him and we’re going to have to dig a little deeper, so that our hearts can get satisfied,” said Myra Hilton, Lewis’ sister.

Hilton is one of Lewis’ sisters. Hilton says the family hasn’t been told much by the GBI about specifics, however, a meeting has been set up with them and the family to discuss what the GBI has found.

"He's not perfect, but we really want to know what kind of traffic violation that caused it to end up so violent."

GBI says the trooper fired one round, which hit and killed Lewis. It’s not known whether Lewis was in the car when he was shot.

Hilton says her brother was never a violent person.

“He was a real sweet guy. A low, soft spoken person. He tried to help a lot of people. He had a lot of work left back here to be done because he’s not here anymore.”

Hilton says as she drives down Stony Pond Road she feels a sense of loss.

"When I drove by I felt like I wanted to cry, but mostly I felt like I wanted to throw up."

Hilton says Lewis leaves behind a wife, several siblings, grandchildren and a son.

“We’re just going to really miss him.”

WTOC was unable to get an incident report from the Georgia State Patrol because it’s still under investigation. WTOC has been in contact with the GBI to get the latest on this case.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation before it is turned over to the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.

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