Chase on I-16 ends with ‘person of interest’ in custody

Shawn Antonio Bolden, Jr.
Shawn Antonio Bolden, Jr.(Port Wentworth Police Department)
Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 10:49 AM EDT
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PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - A person of interest in Thursday night’s homicide in Port Wentworth is in custody.

Port Wentworth Police say Shawn Antonio Bolden, Jr. was captured Friday morning off I-16 in Treutlen County after a police chase with Georgia State Patrol.

State troopers crashed into a vehicle Bolden was driving after an attempted traffic stop on the interstate, according to a prepared statement emailed from the Port Wentworth Police Department. The crash technique used is known as P.I.T maneuver or Precision Immobilization Technique.

The Treutlen County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the traffic stop, according to information from Port Wentworth Police. Treutlen County is about 95 miles west of Port Wentworth on Interstate 16, near Vidalia.

Before Bolden, Jr. was taken into custody, Port Wentworth Police spent almost 10 hours on scene of a reported shooting at a home on Miriam Jordan Road.

One neighbor said she heard gunshots late in the afternoon. Another said she, along with several of her neighbors, walked outside to see around seven to ten police cars on the street.

“The officer questioned all of us, most of us didn’t see or hear anything,” neighbor Angel Wrenn-Cardenas said.

Wrenn-Cardenas quickly learned police were looking for Bolden Jr., who was driving a new model, dark blue Toyota Camry. A car she said she’s seen in the past.

“Yeah, we’ve seen it parked down the street,” Wren-Cardenas said.

The Port Wentworth Police chief confirmed the victim and Bolden Jr. were familiar with each other. However, he would not release the identity of the victim.

The chief says the police department is working to transfer Bolden Jr. to Chatham County for booking.

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