After a brief chase down several county roads, the trooper initiated a PIT maneuver, and the car came to a stop in a ditch, the GBI said. The trooper fired one round, fatally striking Lewis.
In an incident report, Thompson wrote that he shot Lewis in the forehead because he thought Lewis was going to run him over.
Update (August 14, 2020) – On Friday, August 14, 2020, in coordination with the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Jacob Gordon Thompson, age 27, on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. He will be booked into the Screven County Jail. The investigation supports the charges and is active and ongoing. Thompson has been terminated from the Department of Public Safety, Georgia State Patrol.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE
Screven County, GA (August 8, 2020) – On Friday, August 7, 2020, at approximately 9:20 PM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) to investigate an officer involved shooting.
Preliminary information shows that a trooper attempted to stop a Nissan Sentra for a traffic related offense on Stoney Pond Road in Screven County. The car refused to stop and led the trooper on a brief chase down several county roads. The trooper initiated a Precision Intervention Technique (PIT) and the car came to a stop in the ditch. The trooper fired one round, striking Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis, age 60. Lewis was pronounced deceased on scene. An autopsy will be conducted at the GBI Crime Lab.
No officers were injured in this incident.
The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once completed, it will be turned over to the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.