Home invasion and kidnapping ends in officer-involved shooting in Bulloch County

Updated: Mar. 14, 2021 at 3:34 PM EDT
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BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A home invasion and kidnapping in Tattnall County ended with an officer-involved shooting in Bulloch County, according to a series of tweets from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Sunday.

GBI is investigating the shooting. Shortly after 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning, the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office and the Reidsville Police Department responded to a home invasion and kidnapping at gunpoint on Rabun Avenue in Reidsville, according to a release from GBI. GBI has identified the suspect as Kelly Shannon Bowen, 51, of Vienna, Ga. GBI has also confirmed that Bowen and the female hostage had been in a previous relationship. The hostage’s family pursued the suspect’s vehicle, and the suspect fired shots at the family, according to GBI.

Law enforcement began pursuit in Collins, Ga. The suspect and law enforcement exchanged gunfire, and a bullet fired by the suspect grazed the head of a Georgia State Trooper during the chase on Interstate 16 in Candler County, according to a release from GBI. GBI had previously described the trooper as “doing okay” in a series of tweets sent Sunday afternoon.

The suspect also attempted to ram law enforcement during the chase which spanned several counties, according to the GBI release. Law enforcement used a PIT maneuver multiple times, finally ending the chase on the side of the westbound lanes of I-16 near mile marker 132 in Bulloch County. The suspect exited with vehicle with the hostage at gunpoint, crossing a fence and entering the backyard of a residence on the side of I-16, according to GBI.

The hostage was able to escape from the suspect who was shot at by officers from 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, according to the GBI release. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. GBI has confirmed that the hostage was physically uninjured in a tweet.

A nearby home was hit with gunfire and an occupant suffered “a minor injury that did not require medical attention,” according to the release from GBI.

GBI is continuing their investigation into the incident, which is the 16th officer-involved shooting they have investigated in 2021. The Ogeechee Circuit District Attorney’s Office will review the results of the investigation.

The westbound lanes of I-16 were closed at mile marker 137 for much of Sunday afternoon due to a four-vehicle crash. GSP believes the collisions were caused by the traffic slowdown caused by the officer-involved shooting. The westbound lanes of I-16 reopened Sunday evening.

This is a developing story. WTOC will provide updates as they become available.

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